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

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

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