Three new cat­e­gories as 2016 awards are launched

Macclesfield Express - - SME BUSINESS TIPS - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

THE North East Cheshire Busi­ness Awards have been of­fi­cially launched.

The awards cel­e­brate the best busi­ness across Mac­cles­field and East Cheshire, and take place for the sixth time in Septem­ber.

They were launched with a spe­cial event at the Mere Re­sort in Knutsford, with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from more than 60 busi­nesses gath­ered to hear the plans for this year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

This year there are 11 cat­e­gories open to the re­gion’s busi­nesses with the ad­di­tion of Ap­pren­tice of the Year and En­tre­pre­neur of the Year.

A Char­ity of the Year cat­e­gory is also be­ing added and the win­ner will be taken forward as the Award’s own char­ity part­ner in 2017.

En­tries are welcome from all busi­nesses, re­gard­less of size.

Sue Bowden, from Mac­cles­field Cham­ber of Com­merce, the lead or­gan­iser of the event said: “To­day marks that the NECB Awards are now ‘open for en­tries’ and I would en­cour­age any busi­ness in North East Cheshire to get in­volved.

“They are ded­i­cated to cel­e­brat­ing the en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit, the suc­cess, tal­ent and all that’s great about busi­ness in our area.

“The recog­ni­tion from win­ning is not only good for po­ten­tial clients but staff as well – the ku­dos and PR you get is fan­tas­tic, and it will make your staff be proud to work for you.”

Adam Brit­ton from Big Brand Ideas, who won the Small Busi­ness of the Year cat­e­gory, told guests how his suc­cess at the wards had a pos­i­tive ef­fect on the com­pany.

He said: “In our field we are al­ways com­pet­ing with Lon­don and Manch­ester for the best peo­ple. The pro­file from this put Mac­cles­field and our busi­ness more firmly on the map and has helped us at­tract new tal­ent to the agency.”

SAS Daniels, which was last year’s Busi­ness of the Year over £5M win­ner, has now turned cat­e­gory spon­sor, back­ing the Ex­cel­lence in Ser­vice Award.

Nigel Read, a part­ner at the firm, said: “We will be look­ing for a busi­ness do­ing things dif­fer­ently to reach high stan­dards of client care.”

The char­ity cho­sen to ben­e­fit from this year’s fundrais­ing at the awards has also been an­nounced as The Chil­dren’s Ad­ven­ture Farm Trust, based in Knutsford and which gives free hol­i­days to dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren.

The clos­ing date for en­tries is 30 Septem­ber 2016. En­try is FREE and forms are avail­able via the web­site www.necb awards.co.uk. EN­SUR­ING that your cus­tomers pay you on time is crit­i­cal to the cash flow of your busi­ness.

It is im­por­tant to recog­nise that the dis­ci­plines that you put in place from client take on and through the sales or­der process that lead up to the rais­ing of the in­voice are equally as im­por­tant as the credit con­trol pro­ce­dure that is fol­lowed once the in­voice has been raised.

This week Jan­ice Me­gram, di­rec­tor of Ver­i­tas Com­mer­cial Ser­vices, shares her top tips on credit man­age­ment. Know who you are trad­ing with Be­fore you start trad­ing with a new cus­tomer, en­sure that the cus­tomer com­pletes a credit ap­pli­ca­tion form and signs your terms and con­di­tions. You should ob­tain as much in­for­ma­tion as pos­si­ble be­fore ex­tend­ing credit. De­cide how much credit you are pre­pared to give the cus­tomer

●» Rob Bash­worth from Chil­dren’s Ad­ven­ture Farm Trust, which is to ben­e­fit from this year’s awards fundrais­ing

●» Holly Moore from Make Events, at the launch of the North East Cheshire Busi­ness Awards

●» Nigel Read, from SAS Daniels, was an­other per­son to speak at the awards launch

●» Adam Brit­ton from Big Brand Ideas

●» Jan­ice Me­gram

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