Awards help create vital feelgood factor
WE’VE been shouting about the North East Cheshire Business Awards since the details of this year’s competition were announced.
The awards celebrate the best in business across Macclesfield and East Cheshire, and take place for the sixth time in November.
This year there are 11 categories open to the region’s businesses with entries welcome from all businesses regardless of size – you just have to get your nominations in before the deadline of Sep- of the area’s biggest celebration of local enterprise, the Express is talking to the category sponsors each week to see why they are supporting the event.
This week we talk to Tim Hine, relationship director at NatWest Commercial Banking in Macclesfield, and lead sponsor in the awards.
Tim has been based in Macclesfield for eight years where he is part of the commercial team that looks after SME customers in North East Cheshire and High Peak, and has worked at the bank for nearly 37 years.
Which award are you sponsoring?
NatWest are sponsoring “Business of the Year – Turnover over £5 million
Why have you got involved with business awards?
NatWest were instrumental in starting the business awards in 2011.
We identified that similar awards events were taking place in other regions but that there was nothing available for businesses in North East Cheshire.
We want the business awards to create a feelgood factor in the area, to be a celebration of our excellent businesses and to recognise the people that have made a positive contribution to the success of the local business community.
Why did you choose to sponsor that particular award?
The award represents a very neat fit with our cus- the tomer base because that NatWest commercial team focus on businesses with turnovers within the range of £2m to £25m.
We have an understanding of the challenges and aspirations faced by businesses operating in this arena and this is a great opportunity to recognise their achievements.
NatWest’s approach is to help our customers achieve their ambitions through delivering business expertise.
Why is East Cheshire such a great place to do business?
It is an area that is steeped in industrial heritage and is renowned for innovation with some world class operations choosing to locate here. Plus it has the added benefit of being surrounded by some wonderful countryside.
What is your best piece of business advice?
Think long term – we know we succeed only when our customers and communities succeed.
Anything else you would like to add?
If you have a business or enterprise in North East Cheshire, please enter for the awards.
The process is simple and easy to follow on our website.
If you make it through to the final, our awards ceremony is a fantastic opportunity to reward your staff and the people that have contributed towards your success.
●● Tim Hine tember 30. As part of our coverage