CITY REGION AWARDS WINNER: Business of the Year

Paul Gosney of City Taxis, Cheryl Williams and John Minion of Yorkshire Wildlife Park and Brian Gill of Napoleons Casino.

Paul Gosney of City Taxis, Cheryl Williams and John Minion of Yorkshire Wildlife Park and Brian Gill of Napoleons Casino.

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Yorkshire Wildlife Park is a roaring success – it has won the Business of the Year Award.

The Wildlife Park has been making a splash with its polar bear – the first to be brought back to the UK in 15 years – and recently Amur tigress Tschuna gave birth to two cubs. The moment was captured on CCTV at the zoo.

The popular animal conservation, welfare and education centre is loved by families in the area and is now one of the top 10 zoos in the UK. More than 445,000 people visited the park last year.

Since opening in 2009, the company has been trying to create a commercially sustainable environment for conservation, welfare and education. It made £1.78 million profit last year, with profits put back into the park to create a better environment for the animals.

The zoo has 11,000 annual pass holders and welcomes more than 53,000 school children every year.

The company has also made a big impact on the local community.

As well as becoming involved with local conservation charities, more than £5 million was spent using the services of businesses in the Doncaster area in the past five years, including the main contractor who built Lion County, Land of the Tigers, Giraffes and Polar Project. The park also created 212 jobs, 85 of which were full-time.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park is looking to the future and wants to be in top five zoos in the country by 2019.