Count­down as awards sea­son on the hori­zon

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 fast ap­proach­ing, clos­ing on Septem­ber 30.

En­try is free and avail­able at ●● EACH week we are fea­tur­ing a spon­sor from this year’s awards.

This week we talk to Melissa Bow­ers, di­rec­tor at Harts Char­tered Ac­coun­tants.

Melissa com­menced her train­ing con­tract with Harts in 1996, and qual­i­fied as a Cer­ti­fied Char­tered Ac­coun­tant in 2001. She works with a range of clients from owner man­aged busi­nesses to for­eign owned sub­sidiaries.

She main­tains a ‘hand­son’ ap­proach and un­der­takes di­verse ad­vi­sory work from op­er­a­tional to strate­gic sup­port.

As a busi­ness owner she is able to fully un­der­stand and as­sist busi­nesses with the chal­lenges they face. ●● Which award are you spon­sor­ing?

Harts are spon­sor­ing the Team of the Year Award. ●● Why have you got in­volved in the awards?

I like to know what is go­ing on in the lo­cal com­mu­nity and hav­ing grown up in Mac­cles­field I want to give some­thing back to the busi­ness com­mu­nity. ●● Why did you choose to spon­sor this par­tic­u­lar award?

We at Harts have a phi­los­o­phy of in­vest­ing in team build­ing, which is a very im­por­tant as­pect of any grow­ing busi­ness. ●● Why is East Cheshire such a great place to do busi­ness?

There is a great repar­tee with the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity. We at Harts in­vest in this on all lev­els. ●● What is your best piece of busi­ness ad­vice?

Talk to your ac­coun­tant.

●● Di­rect Food In­gre­di­ents man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Steve Loake with fel­low com­pany di­rec­tors Cath Hough and Brigg Simp­son

●● Melissa Bow­ers is a di­rec­tor at Harts Char­tered Ac­coun­tants

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