Take pride and join in the fun
PUT your business on the map and enter this year’s North East Cheshire Business Awards.
The awards, launched to celebrate the best in business across Macclesfield and its surrounding areas, are now open for entries, with a category to suit businesses of all shapes and sizes.
And according to former winners, entering is an unmissable opportunity for all proud businesses.
Debbie Jukes, from Equilibrium Asset Management, which won the Excellence in Customer Service award, said: “I was delighted that Equilibrium won the Excellence in Customer Service award, after all we put in a lot of effort to provide a great service to our clients.
“Having this independently recognised reinforces the fact that clients are placed at the heart of our business, and acknowledges the fantastic achievements of the team.”
And Lee Wainwright, whose team at Bollington Brewery won Team of the Year, said: “Winning the NECB Team of the Year Award was an incredible achievement. Our team were thrilled to receive the recognition for their hard work and passion and it’s also helped to promote our brand. We’re not resting on our laurels though – it’s inspired us to keep raising the bar!”
There are a total of 11 awards. As usual there are awards for the best overall businesses with categories for Business of the Year Turnover over £5 million and Business of the Year Turnover up to £5 million, plus an accolade for Entrepreneur of the Year.
There are awards for businesses that go the extra mile for customers, such as Excellence in Customer Service, and those that show extra support for their staff, with Team of the Year and Apprentice of the Year.
There are also awards for Innovation and Design; Best use of Social Media; Best Design/Creative Campaign; Start Up Business of the Year and Charity of the Year, with the winning charity benefiting from becoming the benefactors of next year’s awards.
Sue Bowden, manager, Macclesfield Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise, said: “This year we’re delighted to have three new categories, giving companies even more scope for entering – Entrepreneur of the Year, Apprentice of the Year and Charity of the Year. This now gives a choice of 11 categories to enter, so companies of all sizes and sectors can get involved.
“Our previous winners are our best advocates and will tell you that winning an award is a huge triumph – from putting your business on the map and raising your profile, to the impact on staff morale in recognising their fantastic achievements, to the promotion, recognition and credibility it brings to your company.”
The winners will be announced at a glitzy ceremony at the Mere Resort, Knutsford, in November.
The closing date for entries is September 30. Entry is free and forms are available via www.necb awards.co.uk.
●● Lee Wainwright celebrates Bollington Brewery’s win at last year’s awards