‘Awards event is great show­case’ for tal­ent

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS -

THE North East Cheshire Busi­ness Awards recog­nise the area’s high fliers in a num­ber of dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories.

This year there are 10 cat­e­gories open to the re­gion’s busi­nesses, and en­tries are welcome from all busi­nesses, re­gard­less of size.

The cat­e­gories are: Busi­ness of the year with a turnover over £5m; busi­ness of the year with a turnover be­tween £1m and £5m; ex­cel­lence in cus­tomer ser­vice award; start-up busi­ness of the year; best com­pany to work for; in­no­va­tion and de­sign award; best use of so­cial media; best de­sign / cre­ative award; team of the year; and small busi­ness of the year.

The awards are now open for en­tries. The clos­ing date is Septem­ber 30. En­try is free and avail­able at necbawards.co.uk

Each week we will fea­tur­ing a spon­sor from this year’s awards.

This week we have Tim Hine, re­la­tion­ship di­rec­tor for NatWest Com­mer­cial, who is based in Mac­cles­field and cov­ers the North East Cheshire area.

He has been with RBS and NatWest for over 35 years and is an As­so­ciate of the Char­tered In­sti­tute of Bankers.

Which award are you spon­sor­ing?: Busi­ness of the Year – Turnover over £5 mil­lion

Why have you got in­volved with the busi­ness awards?: NatWest are the founders of the busi­ness awards and set up the inau­gu­ral event in 2011. Over the past five years we have seen the pro­ject grow. The rea­son for set­ting up the awards was be­cause there are some mar­vel­lous busi­nesses in North East Cheshire and we wanted to find an op­por­tu­nity for them to be recog­nised and re­warded. The event is great show­case.

Why did you choose to spon­sor that par­tic­u­lar award?: NatWest Com­mer­cial Bank in Mac­cles­field is fo­cused on the SME mar­ket so Busi­ness of the Year is a re­ally good fit for us. We have an un­der­stand­ing of the chal­lenges and as­pi­ra­tions faced by busi­nesses op­er­at­ing in this arena and this is a great op­por­tu­nity to recog­nise their achieve­ments. NatWest’s ap­proach is to help our cus­tomers achieve their am­bi­tions through de­liv­er­ing busi­ness ex­per­tise.

Why is East Cheshire such a great place to do busi­ness?: It is an area that is steeped in in­dus­trial her­itage and is renowned for in­no­va­tion, with some world class oper­a­tions choos­ing to lo­cate here. Plus it has the added ben­e­fit of be­ing sur­rounded by some won­der­ful coun­try­side.

What is your best piece of busi­ness ad­vice?: Think long term – we know we suc­ceed only when our cus­tomers and com­mu­ni­ties suc­ceed.

Any­thing else you would like to add?: If you have a busi­ness or en­ter­prise in North East Cheshire please en­ter for the awards. The process is sim­ple and easy to fol­low on our web­site. If you make it through to the fi­nal, our awards cer­e­mony is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to re­ward your staff and the peo­ple that have con­trib­uted to­wards your suc­cess.

●● Tim Hine

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