‘Living and working here is such a bonus’
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 available at necbawards.co.uk ●● Each week we are featuring a sponsor from this year’s awards. This week we have Rob Nicholls, managing director of Plastic Card Services in Macclesfield.
Rob has more than 30 years’ experience in print and plastic card technologies. He has overseen the successful development of two technology companies from start-up and is responsible for the R&D progression that keeps a 22-year-old company vibrant, healthy and at the forefront in its markets – the development of commercial cards including major loyalty and reward schemes to clients throughout the UK and Europe. Which award are you sponsoring?
Business Start-up of the Year. Why have you got involved with the business awards?
Having won the Macclesfield and Wilmslow Business Award twice in the category of Company of the Year (up to £5 million), I was approached to be part of the new award organising committee and judging panel and chose to sponsor the award category for Start-up Business of the Year.
While winning one of the awards is fantastic, they are also about companies coming together within our local community and having active participation. It gives strength to the business community as a whole in addition to our own individual companies.
It is really exciting for us to be actively involved with the awards. Why did you choose to sponsor that particular award?
Starting a new business venture is hard enough and the sad fact is that the majority of endeavours fail within the first two years. All those that succeed therefore are cause for celebration.
The Business Start-up of the Year Award highlights and showcases the very best of these companies, regardless of whether large or small. Why is East Cheshire such a great place to do business?
Cheshire East is a fantastic place to be in business. We benefit from the pull effect of the success and drive of Manchester and the proposed Northern Powerhouse yet also have the bonus of living and working in such a fabulous semi-rural environment. What is your best piece of business advice?
If you believe in something enough and it has a strong business case, you have the potential to suc- ceed – the more you put in the more you get out! Anything else you would like to add?
Get your application in early! – the sooner you apply the sooner you start to benefit from the process in the lead-up to the awards in November.
●● Rob Nicholls, managing director of Plastic Card Services