Raising the Bar Awards return for 2022

The West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce’s Raising the Bar Awards returned for 2022 following a two-year hiatus, thanks to sponsorship from Provident Financial Group, Drax, HSBC, Solenis and Latimer by Clarion Housing Group.

Raising the Bar is a social impact initiative founded by the West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce in 2012. It exists to encourage businesses to think consciously about the impact they are having on their community and the environment. Through the Raising the Bar platform, organisations can promote their social impact activities, record and monitor their progress, and find charities and not-for-profits looking for support.

The annual Raising the Bar Awards have been a key date in the regional business calendar since the initiative’s inception ten years ago.

The 2022 event took place on Wednesday 30th November at the Civic Hall in Leeds.

The evening was hosted by local legend and frequent Raising the Bar supporter Andrew Edwards, host of BBC Radio Leeds. Guests also heard from Mark Farnsworth, Managing Director of Tong Garden Centre, who shared the company’s inspiring story of growth into an award-winning, family retail destination.

Honours were presented in four categories; Economy, Education, Environment and Community. This year’s panel of judges were blown away by the calibre of applications, with more businesses than ever before entering the prestigious awards.

Economy Winner: Mott MacDonald

Economy Highly Commended: Resume Foundation & Rance Booth Smith Architects

Environment Winner: Harrogate Spring Water

Environment Highly Commended: Mott MacDonald & Rance Booth Smith Architects

Education Winner: Exa Networks

Education Highly Commended: Sound Leisure & Mott MacDonald

Community Winner: Regal Foods

Community Highly Commended: Airedale Chemical, Bradford Bulls & Latimer by Clarion Housing Group