‘En­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit is alive and well here’

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS SME BUSINESS TIPS -

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

This year there are 10 cat­e­gories and en­tries are welcome from all busi­nesses.

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 open for en­tries and the clos­ing date is Septem­ber 30.

En­try is free and availa-

ble at necbawards.co.uk Each week we are fea­tur­ing a spon­sor from this year’s awards. This week we have Paul McLeman, leas­ing di­rec­tor at Or­bit De­vel­op­ments.

Paul man­ages the in­house leas­ing team cov­er­ing the cen­tral and south Manch­ester ar­eas, in­clud­ing Mac­cles­field and Wilm­slow. He has been at Or­bit since the be­gin­ning of 2000 and works closely with the com­pany’s leas- ing sur­vey­ors, co-or­di­nat­ing the mar­ket­ing and leas­ing of Or­bit’s space in cen­tral and south Manch­ester.

Paul deals with all types and sizes of busi­ness op­er­at­ing from Or­bit’s of­fice and in­dus­trial space and works closely with the man­age­ment team to en­sure Or­bit con­tin­ues to of­fer ex­cel­lent prop­erty so­lu­tions to new and ex­ist­ing cus­tomers.

Which award are you spon­sor­ing? We are the spon­sor for the Busi­ness of the Year with a turnover of be­tween £1-5 mil­lion.

Why have you got in­volved with the busi­ness awards? As an orig­i­nal main spon­sor of the NECBA, our rea­sons for be­ing in­volved have re­mained the same over the years. We ben­e­fit from the aware­ness of Or­bit in the ar­eas cov­ered by the awards and we be­lieve that this cat­e­gory clearly re­flects one of the core ac­tiv­i­ties we un­der­take – pro­vid­ing space to op­er­ate and grow your busi­ness. We pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity for all our cus­tomers to grow their busi­nesses with our sup­port by of­fer- ing larger premises at the time they need them.

Why did you choose to spon­sor that par­tic­u­lar award? We feel it re­flects our busi­ness ethics as in­di­cated above.

Why is East Cheshire such a great place to do busi­ness? We see the en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit alive and well in NEC. We have seen high lev­els of both start-up and grow­ing busi­nesses in this area and we have worked with nu­mer­ous cus­tomers of ours to grow their busi­nesses with our sup­port via ac­cess to larger premises at the time they need to re­lo­cate.

What is your best piece of busi­ness ad­vice? Lis­ten to your cus­tomers. Un­der­stand their busi­nesses – show in­ter­est in their needs and con­cerns and work hard to pro­vide what they want.

Any­thing else you would like to add? Think your com­pany is not a suit­able en­trant to these awards – think again! Im­prove your lo­cal pro­file and your busi­ness suc­cess by in­vest­ing the short pe­riod of time it takes to en­ter.

●● Paul McLeman is leas­ing di­rec­tor at Or­bit De­vel­op­ments

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