Region's best business leaders shortlisted

YORKSHIRE'S top bosses' organisation is preparing to name the region's most successful business leaders.

The Institute of Directors (IOD) for Yorkshire and the Humber has announced the shortlist of candidates for its Director of the Year Awards 2007.

The awards, now in their third year, celebrate the achievements of the region’s most hardworking and innovative business leaders.

Nimble Thompson, IOD regional chairman, said: “The response we have had to the awards this year has been staggering. We received a huge amount of entries and our awards ceremony in September has already sold out.

“The awards recognise the tireless hard work and outstanding achievements which set certain individuals apart from their peers. We want to help celebrate the success of those people who achieve incredible results for their companies and contribute to the prosperity of this region.”

The short-listed individuals are:

Angelena Fixter, Avalon, Knaresborough; Anita Massarella, Anita Massarella Design, Leeds; Ann Watson, EMTA Awards Ltd, Dewsbury; Colin Glass, Winburn Glass Norfolk, Leeds; Deirdre Bounds, i-to-i, Leeds; Gary Parker, Integra Buildings Ltd, Brandesburton; Gavin Wheeldon, Applied Language Solutions, Metham, Holmfirth; Geoffrey Raspin, Harrogate & District Advocacy Scheme, Birstwith, Harrogate; Graham Smith, Paragon Healthcare; Ellis Fairbank, Kids Unlimited, Burley in Wharfedale; James Cornell, The Lowell Group, Leeds; Jay Bhayani, Watson Esam, Sheffield; Kevin Linfoot, KW Linfoot plc, York; Martin Kelly, Accent Group, Bradford; Paul Sewell, The Sewell Group, Cottingham; Peter Chappelow, M and M Direct, Ilkley; Tracy Taylor, Abbey Taylor, Sheffield.

Winners will be presented with their awards at a black-tie gala awards dinner at Leeds Town Hall on September 6.

The winner of last year’s award was Simon Rigby who, from a single contract 10 years ago, has grown his company, Spice Holdings, into a 200m firm. The IOD represents the views of more than 2,500 members throughout Yorkshire and Humber and is regarded as one of the most influential business lobbying groups across the region.