Get in early to do the busi­ness, lead­ers urge

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

BUSI­NESS lead­ers have launched this year’s North East Cheshire Busi­ness Awards.

The or­gan­is­ing team in­vited mem­bers from the busi­ness com­mu­nity to the launch event to en­cour­age en­tries into the awards.

Pre­vi­ous win­ners and spon­sors spoke about how the honours have ben­e­fited busi­nesses.

The awards cel­e­brate the best of busi­ness in Macclesfield, Wilm­slow and other towns in the area. They are or­gan­ised by the team from Macclesfield Cham­ber of Com­merce, which works to help busi­nesses in the town.

Sue Bow­den, cham­ber chair­man, wel­comed guests to the launch at The Mere in Knutsford.

She said: “We help busi­nesses grow and pros­per and that’s what the awards are about.

“They are to cel­e­brate tal­ent and all that’s great about busi­nesses in North East Cheshire. Win­ning an award brings ku­dos and pres­tige and will make staff proud and give them a huge boost.”

Guests were urged to get their en­tries in early to make the most of the buzz around the awards.

Rob Ni­cholls, man­ag­ing direc­tor of Plas­tic Card Ser­vices in Macclesfield which won two awards last year and has been a mem­ber of the judg­ing panel, urged busi­nesses to go to town on so­cial me­dia in the run-up to the awards.

He said: “Peo­ple should get their sub­mis­sions in as early as pos­si­ble.

“There’s the whole lead up to the awards and you can get far more from it rather than just let­ting it hap­pen.

“There are many benefits from the awards. There’s the great ku­dos of win­ning and it helps at­tract qual­ity em­ploy­ees and re­tain ex­ist­ing em­ploy­ees.

“Awards form part of your mar­ket­ing strat­egy. It’s say­ing we are qual­ity and have been en­dorsed by some­one else.”

There are 10 cat­e­gories: Busi­ness of the Year Turnover over £5 mil­lion; Busi­ness of the Year Turnover £1 mil­lion to £5 mil­lion; Small Busi­ness of the Year; In­no­va­tion and De­sign; Ex­cel­lence in Cus­tomer Ser­vice; Team of the Year; Best use of So­cial Me­dia; Start-up of the Year; Best De­sign/Cre­ative Cam­paign; Best Com­pany to Work For.

The closing date is Septem­ber 30 and the awards cul­mi­nate in a gala din­ner at The Mere on Novem­ber 19. En­try is free and forms are avail­able via necb awards.co.uk.

Con­tact Sue or Jayne at Macclesfield Cham­ber on 01625 665940 or email info@mac­cles­field­cham­ber.co.uk.

Ant Mul­ryan

● Busi­ness lead­ers at the launch of the North East Cheshire Busi­ness Awards at The Mere in Knutsford

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