‘ All about cel­e­brat­ing great lo­cal com­pa­nies’

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS AWARDS -

Nom­i­na­tions for the North East Cheshire Busi­ness Awards – for­merly the Mac­cles­field and Wilm­slow Busi­ness Awards – are now open.

As part of our cov­er­age of the area’s big­gest cel­e­bra­tion of lo­cal en­ter­prise, the Ex­press is talk­ing to the cat­e­gory spon­sors each week to see why they are sup­port­ing the event.

Tony Jones is Man­ag­ing Direc­tor Or­bit De­vel­op­ments.

He joined the Emer­son Group in 1989 and be­came a mem­ber of the main board in 1999.

He is solely re­spon­si­ble for the mar­ket­ing and let­ting of the group’s com­mer­cial prop­erty port­fo­lio which con­sists of an ex­ten­sive port­fo­lio of over 200 build­ings and 2,000 ten­ants across 7.5 mil­lion sq ft.

Be­fore join­ing the group he worked in a va­ri­ety of po­si­tions within the IT in­dus­try. ●● Which award are you spon­sor­ing?

Or­bit De­vel­op­ments con­tinue to spon­sor the award for ‘Busi­ness of the Year – Turnover £1m to £5m award’. ●● Why have you got in­volved with the busi­ness awards?

Or­bit De­vel­op­ments have been in­volved in the busi­ness awards as a spon­sor since the in­au­gu­ral launch in 2011.

Now in our fourth year, we con­tinue to see the awards go from strength to strength and we con­tinue to want to be part of the awards at the heart of what they’re all about – cel­e­brat­ing the great lo­cal busi­nesses lo­cated in the North East Cheshire area.

The de­ci­sion to re­name the awards from Mac­cles­field & Wilm­slow Busi­ness Awards to the North East Cheshire Busi­ness Awards re­flects the area cov­ered by the awards more clearly and we are ex­cited to see what this change will bring to the ta­ble this year. ●● Why did you choose to spon­sor that par­tic­u­lar award?

Busi­nesses with a turnover of be­tween £1 to £5 mil­lion are our widest oc­cu­pier pro­file and this is the cat­e­gory we have spon­sored ev­ery year.

It’s a cus­tomer base that we un­der­stand and work closely with in the East Cheshire area.

We of­ten see these types of busi­nesses es­tab­lish­ing them­selves within one of our prop­er­ties and go on to grow their busi­nesses and re­quire fur­ther space which is fan­tas­tic to see. ●● Why is East Cheshire such a great place to do busi­ness?

East Cheshire is not only a great place to live but also a great place to do busi­ness.

I think it’s quite un­usual in to­day’s busy so­ci­ety to find peo­ple that are pas­sion­ate about their lo­cal area, gen­uinely care about the busi­nesses within it and want to do some­thing to help one another out.

East Cheshire has an abun­dance of pos­i­tive peo­ple with a ‘can do at­ti­tude’, these are the peo­ple that in­ject pos­i­tiv­ity into their lo­cal towns and there­fore cre­ate a strong sense of unity in the busi­ness com­mu­nity.

This in turn makes the area a great place com­bined with a great work/ life bal­ance. ●● WHAT is your best piece of busi­ness ad­vice?

Never un­der-es­ti­mate the im­por­tance of hav­ing a strong busi­ness net­work.

Not only does this help strengthen your own busi­ness but it’s also nice to be able to put busi­ness in the di­rec­tion of your wider net­work.

This is ap­par­ent in the North East Cheshire area and I be­lieve this is what sets busi­nesses in the area apart and gives such a strong sense of busi­ness spirit which is what I find ex­tremely en­cour­ag­ing.

The awards cer­e­mony it­self is an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of this.

● Tony Jones, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of Or­bit evel­op­ments

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