Join in to en­joy area’s big­gest busi­ness event

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS -

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 are talk­ing to Sue Bow­den, Cham­ber Man­ager at Mac­cles­field Cham­ber of Com­merce.

Sue said: “It’s my 18th year an­niver­sary with the Cham­ber this year and over those years I’ve worked on ev­ery as­pect of the busi­ness and now man­age it on a day-to-day ba­sis.

“The Cham­ber pro­vides busi­ness sup­port to help busi­nesses grow and pro­vide a plat­form for our mem­bers to raise their pro­file and mar­ket them- selves, and for the sec­ond year now we are tak­ing the lead in all the or­gan­i­sa­tion of the awards – so when you’re in con­tact with the awards team it’ll un­doubt­edly be the Cham­ber team you’re speak­ing to.”

Which award are you spon­sor­ing?

Small Busi­ness of the Year Award.

Why have you got in­volved with the busi­ness awards?

Be­ing a busi­ness sup­port or­gan­i­sa­tion, the Cham­ber works with com­pa­nies of all sizes and all sec­tors through­out North East Cheshire, so we know how many fan­tas­tic busi­nesses there are.

The awards are a great op­por­tu­nity for those busi­nesses to re­ally raise their pro­file and get the recog­ni­tion they de­serve.

Why did you choose to spon­sor that par­tic­u­lar award?

Small busi­nesses are the lifeblood of the lo­cal econ­omy and we help many small fledg­ling busi­nesses to grow and suc­ceed. We un­der­stand the is­sues they have and pro­vide help and ad­vice to help over­come those is­sues – so for us it’s a per­fect fit.

Why is North East Cheshire such a great place to do busi­ness?

North East Cheshire has al­ways pro­duced an ex­cep­tion­ally high num­ber of en­trepreneurs, mak­ing it an ex­cit­ing and vi­brant place to be in busi­ness.

It’s a great place to both live and work, you can be in beau­ti­ful coun­try­side within min­utes or if you want city life it’s only a train jour­ney away.

What is your best piece of busi­ness ad­vice?

Come to the Cham­ber for what­ever busi­ness ad­vice you need – if we don’t know, we know some­one who does!

Whether you’re just start­ing in busi­ness or are well es­tab­lished, the Cham­ber is here to of­fer sup­port.

Any­thing else you would like to add?

This is a fan­tas­tic event for the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity, so get in­volved and be part of it – there’s an award cat­e­gory for ev­ery busi­ness to en­ter what­ever size and sec­tor.

And the gala din­ner in Novem­ber is amaz­ing – prob­a­bly the big­gest busi­ness event in North East Cheshire. We do hope you’ll join us.

●● Sue Bow­den is man­ager at Mac­cles­field Cham­ber of Com­merce and En­ter­prise

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