Countdown as awards season on the horizon
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 necbawards.co.uk ●● 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