Final countdown to the revelation of this year’s winners
THE countdown for this year’s North East Cheshire Business Awards is on, with just one week until the big reveal.
Dozens of businesses submitted entries to this year’s awards, which celebrate the best businesses have to offer across Macclesfield, Wilmslow, Knutsford and the surrounding area.
And with the shortlist for the 11 categories finally drawn up, businesses are one step closer to learning if they have earned a coveted industry award.
The event has been organised by the Macclesfield Chamber of Commerce, with sponsorship from Orbit Developments, NatWest, RA Smart, The Skills and Growth Company, Harts, SAS Daniels, Williams and Crosby, Cheshire’s Silk 106.9, Leonard Curtis, Macclesfield College and the Macclesfield Express.
Editor Gareth Tidman had the unenviable job of judging the entries for this year’s Social Media Award.
He said: “The North East Cheshire Business Awards get bigger and better each year and it’s been a tough job selecting the finalists.
“But it’s a fantastic reflection of the quality of businesses we have on our doorstep.”
He added: “The team at the Macclesfield Express look forward to meeting everyone at the awards ceremony next week.
“There’s always a great atmosphere and even if your business hasn’t made the shortlist, it’s still a great opportunity to mingle with other businesses - it’s never too early to pick up tips for next year.”
The awards ceremony will be held at The Mere on Thursday, November 17, and will include music mogul Pete Waterman as the guest speaker.
Entrants who haven’t yet bought their tickets are encouraged to get their names down fast, with the rest of us left to concentrate on our outfits and winning speeches.
Tickets cost £59.50 plus VAT and can be booked at necbawards.co.uk.
There are 11 categories with the latest addition of Apprentice of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year. Categories include: Best Overall Businesses; Business of the Year Turnover over £5m; and Business of the Year Turnover up to £5m. There will also be an accolade for Excel- lence in Customer Service, Team of the Year and Innovation and Design.
Other awards include Best use of Social Media, Best Design/Creative Campaign, Start Up Business of the Year and Charity of the Year.
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, which gives free holidays to disadvantaged children.
A Charity of the Year category is also being added and the winner will be taken forward as the award’s charity partner in 2017.
Gareth Tidman, editor of the Macclesfield Express