Big night in the spotlight for our best in busi­ness

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS AWARDS: 4 PAGE SPECIAL - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

MAC­CLES­FIELD busi­nesses have tri­umphed at an awards evening.

The event, or­gan­ised by the Mac­cles­field Cham­ber of Com­merce, has been run­ning for the past six years, celebrating ev­ery­thing North East Cheshire has to of­fer in the busi­ness world.

There was a to­tal of 11 awards, with the win­ners un­veiled in front of more than 350 guests at the cer­e­mony at The Mere in Knutsford.

Rachael Calthorpe, from As­traZeneca, won Ap­pren­tice of the Year, and Di­rect Food In­gre­di­ents, based at Wa­ters Green, tri­umphed in the Ex­cel­lence in Cus­tomer Ser­vice cat­e­gory.

Nexus Dry Hire, based on Lark­wood Way, was named Start-up Busi­ness of the Year, and Adling­ton’s Mo­tor Trade De­liv­ery won the In­no­va­tion and De­sign cat­e­gory.

One Minute Briefs/Big Brand Ideas, won Best Use of So­cial Me­dia Mac­cles­field and Age UK Cheshire East, also based in Mac­cles­field, was named Char­ity of the Year.

The char­ity will be­come next year’s ben­e­fi­ciary for the 2017 awards.

This year’s bene­fac­tors – the Chil­dren’s Ad­ven­ture Farm Trust – took away al­most £3,000 from the night, plus an ad­di­tional £2,100 thanks to the fundrais­ing ef­forts of Wil­liams and Crosby, which took part in a chal­lenge in aid of the char­ity in the sum­mer.

Tim Hine from one of the main spon­sors, NatWest, said the night had been an­other im­por­tant mile­stone in the awards’ six-year his­tory. He said: “It was a great evening again at The Mere, at­tract­ing many busi­nesses, fi­nal­ists and even­tual win­ners who got the recog­ni­tion they de­served.

“We can be very proud of the qual­ity, di­ver­sity and en­ergy of the en­trepreneurs of North East Cheshire.”

Colin Law­son, from Equilib­rium As­set Man­age­ment in Wilm­slow, was named En­tre­pre­neur of the Year, and Roberts Jack­son, also based in Wilm­slow, was named Busi­ness of the Year over £5mil­lion turnover.

Wilm­slow’s Tyler Grange and Venn Dig­i­tal won Busi­ness of the Year up to £5m turnover and Best De­sign/cre­ative re­spec­tively, and Boxed Red Mar­ket­ing, based in Knutsford, was named Team of the Year. Celebrity guest speaker Pete Water­man OBE gave a pas­sion­ate speech around the ben­e­fits of HS2 com­ing to the county and cel­e­brated the area’s ex­cel­lent record for en­ter­prise and drive.

Terry Gold­ing from Cheshire Silk 106.9 was the host, and Ge­orge Hayes, chair of the Skills and Growth Com­pany, and David Rut­ley, Mac­cles­field MP, also ad­dressed the au­di­ence.

SEE over­leaf for more pic­tures from the awards night

Pic­tures: James Rus­sell Pho­tog­ra­phy

North East Cheshire Busi­ness Awards win­ners

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