Big night in the spotlight for our best in business
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
North East Cheshire Business Awards winners