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Harrogate business restaurant of the year at Startup Awards 2014

Harrogate business, The Yorkshire Meatball Company has been named Restaurant of the Year at the Startups Awards 2014 following a glittering ceremony at Kensington Roof Gardens, London.

Organised by, the Awards recognise the success of Britain’s newest businesses which have been trading for less than three years.

Now in its 11th year, the Startups Awards prides itself on being the first to recognise up-and-coming brands of the future – and this year’s winners are set to follow in the footsteps of previous success stories such as The Cambridge Satchel Company, Raspberry Pi, Secret Escapes and

Presented by David McQueen, public speaker and executive coach, there were 15 trophies awarded in all – selected by a panel of 22 judges that included entrepreneurs, CEOs, managing directors and media experts.

The Restaurant of the Year went to The Yorkshire Meatball Company of Harrogate, Yorkshire, founded by David Atkinson.

Said to be the UK’s only specialist meatball restaurant, the company has plans to open a chain of outlets in future, and has already been named a winner at the Harrogate Hospitality and Tourism Awards.

Judges for the category included successful restaurant entrepreneur Iqbal Wahhab OBE, as well as Dale Murray CBE, David Lester of, Greg Ingham of MediaClash and Chris Slater of Simply Business.

CoFounder and Managing Director, David Atkinson, said:  We are humbled by the warm welcome we have received from customers and competitors alike in Harrogate. The town has a thriving foodie community and to have been shortlisted for, and to have won such awards in what is only our first 9 months as part of that community makes us incredibly proud.


David Lester, founder of, commented: Congratulations to The Yorkshire Meatball Company for a deserved win in a deliciously hard-fought category. From the Sugar Supper Club in Northern Ireland to Sosban & the Old Butchers on the Isle of Angelsey, and the Yorkshire Meatball Company in Harrogate, this category demondstrated the excellence and breadth of our restaurant industry in the UK.

It was as special night not only for The Yorkshire Meatball Company but for everyone present. This year there were a record number of entries to the Startups Awards and the standard was the highest we have seen.

All 50 finalists can be very proud of their businesses; and it really does augur well for the UK economy that so many high-quality and innovative start-ups are out there and ready to make their mark.

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