‘Liv­ing and work­ing here is such a bonus’

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 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

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