Music to ears of region's winners
HE HAS played with the likes of James Brown and Smokey Robinson, while his soulful stamp can be found on records by artists ranging from Tom Jones to Take That.
But this weekend, saxophonist Snake Davis worked his musical magic in front of an audience of business people the Chamber Bridlington And Yorkshire Coast Business Awards.
Now in its sixth year, the awards celebrate the success of companies across East Yorkshire, from small start-ups to multi-million pound turnover operations.
The event, which was hosted by Hull And Humber Chamber Of Commerce, took place at the Spa Bridlington.
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Matt Jukes, chamber president and ABP port director for Hull and Goole, said: "With the media pretty downbeat whenever you turn on the news, it is only too easy to slip into the same mindset.
"However, I am a firm believer on looking for the positives and focusing on opportunities.
"I am confident we have many good news stories here in our region. Some of these we will hear from tonight.
"The fact we are building ships again in the Humber, thanks to the likes of Rix and Dunstons, is great news for the area. We have a lot to shout about.
"We all know how important our region is to the future of the UK economy. It is up to us to get this message across."
There were eight awards up for grabs, with guests enjoying a three-course meal before the gongs were handed out.
The Best Training Company award, sponsored by East Riding College, went to Hull-based Sewell Group while the Towergate Insurance-backed Small Business Award went to Yarrows Aggregate in Leven.
The Green Business Award, sponsored by Muntons, was won by GWE Biogas in Kirkburn and the Start-up Business Award, sponsored by Paragon Data Services (PDS) was presented to Wetwang firm, Wolds Cottage Kitchen.
Hull specialist paper company GF Smith was named the Medium-Large Business Of The Year, sponsored by Barclays, while Shipham Valves, also of Hull, was named International Business Of The Year, sponsored by Napoleons Casino And Restaurant.
Whitby's Seachange was announced the winner of the Social Enterprise Award, sponsored by HOTA.
The final award of the evening – the overall Business Of The Year – was a competition between all of the winners of the previous categories.
Sponsored by Lloyd Dowson, the award was presented to GWE Biogas.
Director Tom Megginson said: "I am immensely proud to receive this award on behalf of all of us at GWE Biogas.
"There have been some really great businesses nominated and winning awards this evening, which makes it even more special for us.
"Private enterprise is key to the UK economy.
"We have certainly achieved a lot over the past five years. We are very grateful for this award."