Special Recognition

2022 - Special Recognition for Services to the Community - Airedale Hospital

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust is an award-winning NHS hospital and community services trust providing high quality, personalised, acute, elective, specialist and community care for a population of over 200,000 people from a widespread area covering 700 square miles within Yorkshire and Lancashire.

2019 - Special Recognition for Services to the Community - Timothy Taylor's

Timothy Taylor’s brewery was established in the centre of Keighley in 1858, moving to the Knowle Spring – its present site – in 1863. The company’s award-winning beers, such as the iconic Landlord, can now be tasted across the world.

2018 - Special Recognition for Oustanding Contribution - Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

The railway, which was celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018, has been a regular backdrop for TV and film productions over the years – from The Railway Children to Poirot and Peaky Blinders. It helped contribute to Bradford becoming the first UNESCO City of Film. It also continues to bring thousands of tourists into the area, as well as serving local people.

2015 - Special Recognition for Oustanding Contribution - Mick Milner

Mick Milner was recognised, through an Exceptional Contribution Award at the Keighley Business Awards in 2015.

Mick was a foundry man and always introduced himself as such. Through his endeavours, and now those of his son Robert, Leach and Thompson, the company he owned, survives on Dalton Lane. It is one of the few in Yorkshire.

Mick was an unstinting supporter of Keighley and the surrounding areas.

  • He was a founder Member of the Airedale Partnership Board.
  • He was Deputy Chair for the £38m Local Enterprise Growth Initiative (LEGI) which promoted enterprise across Bradford District
  • He supported Bradford Chamber of Commerce in getting the Bradford and Airedale Manufacturing Alliance off the Ground.
  • Mick worked with the Council and Keighley College to set up a new company - Keighley FabLab - an innovative fabrication laboratory which helped prepare for the work still done through the Industrial Centre of excellence in Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering.
  • Mick was passionate about training young people.

The Milner awards are funded by the Keighley Training Consortium which was created in 1985 to support training in the area, Mick was a director for over 20 years and latterly chairman.

Whilst these achievements stand alone, it’s important to add that Mick was persuasive, determined and able to work across the private and public sector at all levels, a quality rarer than might be imagined.

He made it his business to be widely known, whilst remaining modest and deserved the recognition awarded him before his untimely passing.