Firms are given ex­tra time to en­ter awards

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

THE dead­line for the North East Cheshire Busi­ness Awards has been ex­tended to en­sure ev­ery­one has a chance to en­ter.

The awards, which cel­e­brate busi­nesses across Macclesfield, Wilm­slow and Knutsford, are a huge event on the busi­ness cal­en­dar, cel­e­brat­ing the best the area has to of­fer.

It’s or­gan­ised by a group of spon­sors from across the area, and led by the Cham­ber of Com- merce.

Sue Bow­den, from the cham­ber, said organisers have agreed to ex­tend the dead­line af­ter a busy Sum­mer, giving busi­nesses another week to get their en­tries in.

She said: “The Septem­ber 30 dead­line has crept up so quickly that we’ve ex­tended it for just one week to en­sure that ev­ery­one that wants to en­ter can – but the clos­ing date re­ally is Fri­day 7 Oc­to­ber.

“This is a bonus for any­one who thought they’d run out of time so put your com­pany name on the map and vie for a place amongst the win­ners this year. And don’t for­get to book tick­ets for the fab­u­lous Gala Din­ner when the win­ners will be an­nounced – it’s be­ing held on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 17 at The Mere Re­sort near Knutsford, and tick­ets can be booked now at www. necbawards.co.uk.”

The event cel­e­brates the suc­cess, tal­ent and all that’s great about busi­ness in the area, with cat­e­gories that al­low com­pa­nies of all shapes and sizes to en­ter.

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. The win­ners will be an­nounced at a glitzy cer­e­mony at the Mere Re­sort, Knutsford, on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 17.

En­try is free and forms are avail­able via www. necbawards.co.uk.

●● Tim Hine, from the awards lead spon­sor NatWest, and Sue Bow­den, from or­gan­iser Cham­ber of Com­merce

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