THE Ilkley Business Improvement District, Ilkley BID Ltd, has been announced as the headline sponsor of the Ilkley Business Awards 2020.

Helen Rhodes, Ilkley BID Manager said: “The Ilkley Business Awards have been running successfully for several years now.

“Backed by the Ilkley Business Forum, the ethos of the awards, to promote and celebrate the amazing businesses we have in the area clearly fits with the aims of the Ilkley BID and we are delighted to be involved.”

Other sponsors of this year’s awards include Althams Travel, Bluehoop Digital, BNI, Cowgills Wealth, Denton Hall, Ison Harrison Solicitors, LCF Law, Love Brownies, RDC Solicitors, Sarah Siddons Financial Planning, Stowe Family Law, Stray FM, Tennant & Darragh, The Clevedon Restaurant at Ben Rhydding, The Ilkley Shoe Company, The Wheatley Arms, U Dentistry and Virtual College.

Julia Forrester of TaxAssist Accountants and a member of this year’s IBA committee added: “We are delighted to have already sold all the category sponsorship packages and some event sponsorship packages too.

“We do have three event sponsorship opportunities remaining at £395 each and we would welcome interested parties to get in touch.”

Claire Hundsdoerfer, proprietor of The Little Tea House and twice Ilkley Business Awards winner said: “Winning the Best Customer Service award in 2018 then the Food & Drink Business Of The Year award this year were really positive experiences for The Little Tea House.

“Our customers were really pleased for us, it brought a real sense of pride to the team and gave us some great publicity.

“I would definitely say winning the awards has brought in extra business by putting us in the spotlight and I would recommend other businesses enter.”

Key dates for the awards are:

* September 11, 2019 – launch event at The Craiglands Hotel and entries open.

* January 17, 2020 – entries close.

* March 6, 2020 – black-tie awards dinner and presentation event.

Further details can be found on the website