Town’s go-getting spirit sets us apart
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, Macclesfield Express editor Gareth Tidman is talking about his role and the award we are sponsoring this year.
Gareth was delighted to be appointed editor of the paper, as he worked as the crime reporter on the Macclesfield Express 15 years ago. He was thrilled when the paper was named the Best Weekly Newspaper in the UK at the Society of Editors’ Regional Press Awards earlier this year.
He has worked on a number of regional titles across the north of England and has been editor of four other Trinity Mirror titles. He obtained the National Council for the Training of Journalists’ National Certificate of Education in 2001, five years after graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University.
Which award are you sponsoring? The Excellence in Social Media award.
Why have you got involved with the business awards? We have been involved as a sponsor and media partner with the business awards since they were launched in 2010.
We realise how important it is to recognise the thriving business sector we have here in North East Cheshire and the area’s fantastic spirit of innovation and entrepreneurialism. We are known across the UK for our dynamic and successful businesses which make our area such a great place to live and create opportunities for all.
Why did you choose to sponsor that award? Things are moving at pace in the news industry and our digital platforms are now as important to us as our print titles.
Social media gives us opportunities to engage with our communities in completely new ways and to draw new audiences around our products.
Social media has been a key driver in the tremendous growth of our website over the last 12 months and will have a key role to play in making sure the Macclesfield Express, as well as our websites, continue to be successful in the future.
Why is East Cheshire such a great place to do business? The drive, enthusiasm and confidence shown by business leaders here is an example to other areas. We have the advantage of the thriving Manchester business hub on our doorstep and unbeatable transport links, but it is the entrepreneurial spirit here that sets us apart.
What is your best piece of business advice? Never forget that your customers are the most important people to any business. Look after them, don’t take them for granted and make sure that you give them a good service and you may well end up being around for 204 years like the Macc Express.
●● Gareth Tidman, editor of the Macclesfield Express