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Two awards for Johnsons of Whixley

Yorkshire commercial nursery Johnsons of Whixley have won ‘Family Business of the Year’ and overall ‘Business of the Year’ as well as being shortlisted for ‘Large Business of the Year’ at the York Press Business Awards on Thursday 21 November.

The black-tie ceremony was held at York Racecourse and included an evening reception and three-course meal before the awards ceremony took place which was hosted by BBC presenter Colin Hazelden-Brice.

The awards ceremony celebrated businesses from all sectors across York, North and East Yorkshire with ten categories in total including ‘New Business of the Year’, ‘Employer of the Year’, ‘Business Personality of the Year’, Exporter of the Year and ‘Employer of the Year’.

The ‘Family Business of the Year’ award recognised the achievements of the three-generation family business that comprises of 11 Richardson family members who have various roles within the company including chairman John Richardson, group managing director, Graham Richardson, director, Andrew Richardson, director Iain Richardson, receptionist Tracey Richardson, accounts assistant Janice Richardson and grandchildren Luke, Robert, Eleanor, Paul and Shaun Richardson.

The company then went on to win ‘Business of The Year’ where the companies achievements were recognised from a turnover of just £33,000 with just ten members of staff in 1964 to £14.3 million with 110 full-time staff which rises to at least 140 seasonally in 2019.

Chairman John Richardson paid tribute to the hard-working family ethos and team contribution and Group Managing Director, Graham Richardson, said:

“The family is honoured to receive such a high profile recognition of its ongoing efforts, and we pay tribute to John Richardson’s original foresight,  ongoing stewardship and willingness to risk all that he had at the outset”

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