York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce is to launch a prestigious new award in memory of its former president Andrew Digwood.
Andrew died suddenly aged 46 in November last year after a short illness. His passing led to an outpouring of tributes from the region’s business community and his funeral at York Minster was attended by hundreds of well-wishers.
To honour his legacy, the Chamber will launch the Andrew Digwood Award at the forthcoming York & North Yorkshire Chamber Annual Dinner on Wednesday May 24 at York Racecourse.
The award will be given to a business or individual who has shown themselves to be inspirational and transformative in the region and an example to the next generation of young York leaders.
Laurence Beardmore, president of York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “Andrew’s passing left a void that the region can never replace. We as a Chamber felt it vital that we honoured his legacy for future generations to come.
“The Andrew Digwood Award will be presented each year by the York & North Yorkshire president and, as the current holder of that position, it is my honour to announce that the official first recipient will be Andrew himself.”