The selection process for the awards involves an impartial panel of industry experts who generously volunteer their time to evaluate submissions. These individuals are chosen for their expertise and experience. Judges eview entries, ensuring a fair and unbiased evaluation. In cases where judges have conflicts of interest within specific categories, they abstain from participating in the assessment of those particular entries. Upon the submission deadline, judges receive all entries in a uniform format, ensuring compliance with data protection regulations. Each entry is then scored by the judges based on the defined criteria for each category. Judges meet to discuss their assessments and collectively reach a final decision on a single day, solely based on the content provided in the written entries.

Matthew Stamford

Director - Verity Frearson

Responsible for overseeing the day to day running of the agency and carrying out valuations on a wide selection of properties within North Yorkshire. The driving force behind the business, Matthew’s absolute passion for property, creative thinking and straight-talking approach are one of the reasons that Verity Frearson are so successful. He started out in the estate agency business at the age of 18 (that’s a LOT of experience!) and hasn’t looked back! Married to Nicola, they live in Harrogate with their son Henry and 2 dogs Barney & Pickles. He says that his 2 obsessions in life begin with H – Henry & Houses!

Karen Winspear

Property Manager - Windsor House

Karen is the Property Manager at Windsor House, one of Harrogate’s most desirable office spaces and home to many of the region’s leading businesses. With more than 20 years’ experience in the commercial property sector, Karen has worked in Leeds, Mayfair and now Harrogate where she has seen occupancy levels at the Cornwall Road site climb from 40% to 90%. Having worked for a decade alongside so many of our district’s leading business figures, Karen is ideally suited to the role of judge at this year’s Harrogate Advertiser Business Excellence Awards.

Sue Kramer

President - Harrogate Chamber of Commerce

Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce is the one of the largest business organisations in the Harrogate area, representing businesses in all sectors and of all sizes. From one-man start-ups to large, established companies, Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce offers networking, relevant information and representation to benefit all its members and the wider business community. "Our organisation exists to support businesses and help them to grow, further increasing employment opportunities across the Harrogate District."

Martin Whincup

Associate Director - Berwins Solicitors


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