It is time to celebrate our unsung heroes
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 talk to Ed Williams, founder and MD of Williams and Crosby Design and Marketing.
Ed started Williams and Crosby aged 23 in 1986, straight from university, after receiving a private commission while completing his degree in design and marketing. Next year Williams and Crosby will have been established for 30 years.
He has a BA Hons degree in design and marketing, has won a number of industry awards and has nearly 30 years experience in the industry.
He also works with dynamic start-up, SME, National and multinational organisations at board level.
Which award are you sponsoring?
Best design and creative.
Why have you got involved with the business awards?
We believe there are many, many great business in North East Cheshire. Many are unsung heroes of their sector and it would be great to see them all celebrating the fact and pitching together to raise the awareness both locally and further afield.
Why did you choose to sponsor that particular award?
We passionately believe creative design is critical to businesses wishing to succeed in establishing a brand and competitive advantage. As they say, when all things are equal – product, price, function – the one thing that will make a difference is design.
Why is East Cheshire such a great place to do business?
I’m originally from the Midlands and when I first moved this way to set up my business I was struck by the business vibrance of East Cheshire and the business people who have chosen to live in the area, as opposed to Manchester city centre and London.
What is your best piece of business advice?
Stay passionate, be prepared to take a risks, to work harder than others, be true to yourself and the reasons you started your business and enjoy the journey.
Anything else you would like to add?
Remember your team and your instinct are your greatest assets – take note of both.
●● Ed Williams of Williams and Crosby, in Macclesfield