We hosted our first off road day of the year at the Coniston 4×4 experience on Saturday.

Customers were invited to come and drive the new generation Isuzu D-Max and the D-Max Arctic Truck to test their capabilities on the rugged off road course. A fun day was had by all with food and drinks thrown into the bargain!

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We are so proud to announce we won the Best Retailer Award at Skipton Business Awards on Thursday 23rd March! Keep reading for a full account of the evening. 

(Text: Skipton Chamber of Trade and Commerce. Photo credits: Stephen Garnett Photography )

The brightest stars of the Skipton business community were honoured at a sparkling awards ceremony at the Rendezvous Hotel last weekThe inaugural Skipton Business Awards, organised by Skipton Chamber of Trade & Commerce, brought together companies big and small to celebrate those who are really helping the local economy thrive.

The beautifully laid-out Malham Suite in the Rendezvous Hotel saw more than 230 members of the business community seated for the show, with the atmosphere a mix of excitement, hope and geniality. Thornton Hall Country Park was named Overall Winner, having earlier picked up the Best Leisure and Tourism Award, and a Special Chamber Award was made to Skipton Building Society in recognition of its long-running connection to the chamber and its huge contribution to the area.

Chamber President Billy Moffatt said: “We couldn’t have been happier with how well it went. All the tables were full, the event ran smoothly and most importantly everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. “To see the looks on the faces of the winners really made all the hard work worthwhile. “We are hoping to make the awards and annual event, and it’s clear from the sheer numbers of entrants and guests on the night that the desire for it is there. “The chamber would like to thank all our sponsors including Headline sponsor Andrew Mear, Foundation funder Skipton BID, Associate sponsors The Pentelow Practice and The Mill Shop and champagne sponsor The Shepherd Partnership, also everyone who helped out and of course everyone who took time to enter.”

There was hushed excitement as host for the night Duncan Lewis read out the first category, with Midgley Motor Cars picking up the Best Retailer award. Other winners were as diverse as veterinary and medical supplies manufacturer Norvap Ltd, Sitting Pretty beauty salon and Class One fresh fruit and vegetable wholesalers. There was also surprise award for Hazel Maxfield, a chamber stalwart who has been a member for 45 years and on the board for almost as many.

In all nearly 90 businesses entered the awards, with the shortlist and winners chosen by judges Victoria Robertshaw (Keelham Farm), Alison Davies (Skipton Building Society), Helen Clarke (Barclays Bank), Debi Hawkins (Cancer Support Yorkshire) and Matt Cornish (Tyro Training). Headline Sponsor Andrew Mear of High Corn Mill presented judges with a thank you gift in recognition of the time they gave up to work through so many entries and select winners. -

Full list of winners:

Best Health & Beauty Award, Sponsored by Barclays Bank Plc

Winner: Sitting Pretty

Finalists: Cream Skincare and Therapy Centre, Skipton Slimming World


Best Customer Service Award, Sponsored by Bizzie Lizzie’s

Winner: Spear Travels Ltd

Finalists: Kingsway Veterinary Practice, Thornton Hall Country Park


Best Manufacturer/Engineering Award, Sponsored by Bluefin Insurance Services

Winner: Norvap Ltd

Finalists: Alan Northrop Label Printers Ltd, Hartleys Bedrooms


Best Apprentice Award, Sponsored by Craven College

Winner: Tom Krupa – Bluefin Insurance Services

Finalists: Maariya Arshad – Unicorn Bed and Breakfast, Sophia Titorenko – Spear Travels Ltd

Best Professional/Financial Services Award, Sponsored by Devonshire Hotels & Restaurants

Winner: CCP (The Centre for Crisis Psychology)

Finalists: AWB Charlesworth LLP, NFU Mutual Skipton

Best Food & Drink Award, Sponsored by Keelham Farm Shop

Joint winners: Class One Fresh Produce, Grassington House

Finalist: The Cake ‘Ole

Best Market Stall Award, Sponsored by Skipton Market

Winner: Pro Canvas Studio

Finalists Nick Franklin Art


Best Retailer Award, Sponsored by Spear Travels Ltd

Winner: Midgley Motor Cars

Finalists: Magpie, The Home Company


Best Accommodation Award, Sponsored by The Rendezvous Hotel

Winner: Beck Hall Hotel & Bistro

Finalists: The Devonshire Arms Hotel, Unicorn Bed and Breakfast


Best Leisure & Tourism Award, Sponsored by Windle & Bowker Ltd

Winner: Thornton Hall Country Park

Finalists: Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway, Land Rover Experience North Yorkshire

Overall Best Skipton Business Award, Sponsored by Tyro Training

Winner: Thornton Hall Country Park


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A great day was had by all at the Coniston 4×4 off road Experience as staff and customers tested the limits of the new D-Max AT-35 Arctic truck

(Photo credits: Coniston 4×4 Off Road Experience)

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We are incredibly proud to annouce we are finialists for the Skipton Business Awards 2017 in the Retailer of the year category! The award ceremony will take place at the Rendezvous Hotel on Thursday 23rd March so we’re keeping all our fingers and toes crossed!


Very proud of Mick – watch his video here!


Midgley Motor Cars, in Skipton, has been highly commended at a major industry awards ceremony — in its 80th anniversary year. The Millennium Road Mitsubishi dealership, which has been in business since 1936, was runner up in the Used Car Dealership of the Year (51 to 100 cars) category at Car Dealer Magazine’s Used Car Awards 2016, which took place at The Brewery in London on November 28. Will Midgley, Dealer Principal at Midgley Motor Cars, said: “We are really honoured to be highly commended for the used car dealership of the year. “It is a real achievement for which I have the staff to thank, as without their hard work and dedication, we wouldn’t have so many loyal customers. This has come a great time as we celebrate our 80th anniversary this year.” This was the fifth year that the Used Car Awards have been held and TV presenter Mike Brewer was once again the host. The number of nominations and entries far exceeded that of any previous year, making it tougher than ever to claim a prize.

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We are very proud to announce that our very own Michael (Mick) Bolt is the Isuzu Pick-up Professional 2017!

Mick beat 32 other candidates to win this highly coveted award at the Isuzu Dealer Awards ceremony in Edinburgh on Thursday 19th January. All Isuzu sales executives were put through gruelling tests along with mystery shoppers visiting them in the dealership to make sure their product knowledge and customer service was top notch. Mick scored the most points throughout this process to become the best in the UK!  Owner  of the business Will Midgley commented ‘I’m very proud of Mick and his achievement is brilliant news for Midgley Motor Cars. He is a great asset to the business’  – Well done Mick!!


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Read a fantastic review of the Isuzu D-Max AT-35 here


TAKEN FROM MITSUBISHI MATTERS…………… MITSUBISHI dealership Midgley Motor Cars has teamed up with a nearby hotel to showcase the L200 Series 5 in an off-road driving experience. The family-run dealership in Skipton has partnered with Coniston Hotel and Estate to provide the Coniston 4×4 Driving Experience. The hotel has also been given a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, which will be used to provide tours of the estate for guests. Dealer Principal Will Midgley said: ‘We are really pleased to have teamed up with the Coniston Hotel and Estate. We opened our Mitsubishi franchise in the summer of 2014 and this is a great way for us to show people what our vehicles are capable of. It’s good exposure for the dealership and it will also benefit our customers.’ Existing L200 customers will be able to have a test-drive on the track and the dealership will also host a number of corporate events using the course. Simon Hesson, General Manager of Coniston Hotel and Estate, said: ‘The company has initially supplied us with a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and the latest L200 Series 5 Warrior pick-up. ‘This will enable Midgley Motors’ customers to really test the vehicles’ performance on a purpose-built off-road course.’ The Coniston Hotel recently won Welcome to Yorkshire’s White Rose award for business tourism and is expected to attract more visitors thanks to its off-road offering.