As Britain’s top commercial business loans provider, today is the day we announce this year’s York Press Awards winner.

Towards the end of last month we reported just how delighted we were to have been asked to sponsor and judge one of this year’s York Press Business Awards.  As a York-based company ourselves, specialising in tailoring unbeatable commercial business loans solutions for a wide range of companies across the whole of the UK, we certainly do feel connected to a huge cross-section of commercial sectors, but to be invited to participate in this important local business awards event really is an exceptional honour.

Now, after studying and scrutinising each of the three shortlisted companies for the Retail, Tourism & Leisure Business of the Year 2018, we are poised to announce our decision and present the coveted award at this evening’s event.

Who is going to win?  That, we can reveal is a closely guarded secret between Synergy managing director, Nick Simpson and our sales director, Piotr Twaits.

At Synergy we have ourselves been nominated and shortlisted for a number of prestigious commercial business loans awards since our funding company was launched late in 2015, including twice earlier this year.  The latest nominations were for ‘Best Commercial Broker’ and ‘Best Broker – Commercial’.  Now the boot is on the other foot and we are discovering just how difficult it really is for the judges to select a winner – especially when the shortlist includes such successful local businesses, each one of whom, if we are honest, have all the attributes to be declared ‘Business of the Year’.

However the rules state that we have to choose one winner.  So Nick Simpson and Piotr Twaits have been locked in a fierce debate to decide which company will receive the award.

Just to remind you, the three shortlisted companies for the York Press Retail, Tourism & Leisure Business of the Year 2018 are:


Grays Court is a luxury hotel set in the shadow of the historic York Minster. The accommodation boasts impeccably landscaped gardens, a prime location relative to York’s attractions and an award-winning in-house restaurant serving gourmet meals comprised of locally sourced ingredients.


Brew York is a unique brewery and tap room located in York City Centre. With six in-house brews, as well as a roster of seasonal specials, it is easy to see why they have become a staple of York’s nightlife.


The Group Company provide tailor-made tour itineraries for a wide variety of clientele. Their unrivalled customer service is a driving factor behind their success, employing a number of talented multilingual staff able to cater to all client requirements no matter where they are based or travelling.


The decision has been incredibly difficult, but as a leading commercial business loans funding specialist, who has dealt with hundreds of businesses across the country, we feel we have the combined experience to reach a decision.

Who is it?  That would be telling.  The winner will be revealed tonight.

If you are looking to source the best and most cost-effective commercial business loans for your company then you really should speak to Synergy to discover how we can help you achieve all your objectives.  You can call us on 01904 481 786. You can also email: or you can send a message using the online form on our Contact page.

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