CHESHIRE BUSI­NESS AWARDS Search is on for the best in busi­ness

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THE re­gion’s premier busi­ness awards, the Cheshire Busi­ness Awards in as­so­ci­a­tion with SAS Daniels LLP, are launched to­day as we set out to hon­our the very best peo­ple and com­pa­nies in our midst.

The awards will cul­mi­nate in a ma­jor awards cer­e­mony and din­ner in the au­tumn as we present our pres­ti­gious awards, recog­nis­ing en­ter­prise, achieve­ment and in­no­va­tion across the Cheshire re­gion.

The event will be staged in the mag­nif­i­cent sur­round­ings of Ch­ester Cathe­dral on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 12. The awards are free to en­ter and of­fer op­por­tu­ni­ties for busi­nesses of all sizes, from new start-ups to the most es­tab­lished names, to gain recog­ni­tion and re­spect.

Carl Wood, re­gional man­ag­ing di­rec­tor for Reach plc, parent com­pany to Run­corn and Widnes Weekly News The Ch­ester Chronicle, and Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle, said: “We’re de­lighted once again to wel­come on board, as ex­ec­u­tive spon­sors of the Cheshire Busi­ness Awards, our part­ners SAS Daniels LLP.

“To­gether, our aim is to en­sure those busi­nesses who de­serve high praise and recog­ni­tion, as well as our ad­mi­ra­tion and en­cour­age­ment, duly re­ceive it. We are com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing the Cheshire busi­ness com­mu­nity through events like th­ese and through our print and dig­i­tal ti­tles.” ●

Lead­ing Cheshire law firm SAS Daniels LLP is once again de­lighted to be sup­port­ing the Cheshire Busi­ness Awards for the ninth con­sec­u­tive year.

As an es­tab­lished law firm, op­er­at­ing out of four lo­ca­tions across Cheshire, they have a firm grasp of the lo­cal econ­omy and the key chal­lenges that face re­gional busi­nesses.

With one of the largest spe­cial­ist cor­po­rate law teams in the re­gion, headed up by the firm’s man­ag­ing part­ner Jeremy Or­rell, who is ranked as an Out­stand­ing In­di­vid­ual in his field, SAS Daniels work in part­ner­ship with many suc­cess­ful Cheshire busi­nesses.

The team is made up of ex­pe­ri­enced and high achiev­ing in­di­vid­u­als, who go the ex­tra mile to gain a real un­der­stand­ing of what each busi­ness client needs.

As a re­sult, they see first-hand how Cheshire con­tin­ues to be an ex­cep­tional place to achieve out­stand­ing growth and de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for busi­nesses.

An SAS Daniels LLP spokesper­son said: “Many Cheshire busi­nesses con­tinue to demon­strate an in­no­va­tive ap­proach to eco­nomic growth, to­gether with a work­force that demon­strates a di­ver­sity of skill and ex­per­tise across many sec­tors.

“The key to the re­gion’s con­tin­ued pros­per­ity is to en­sure we col­lec­tively drive the strate­gic de­vel­op­ment of our in­fra­struc­ture and in­vest in in­no­va­tion and peo­ple – to en­able Cheshire busi­nesses to con­tinue to achieve eco­nomic growth, which in turn will en­sure we at­tract and re­tain top class en­tre­pre­neur­ial tal­ent.

“Once again the awards will fo­cus on Cheshire’s thriv­ing and di­verse busi­ness com­mu­nity and bring to­gether ex­cep­tional in­di­vid­u­als.

“The SAS Daniels team is look­ing for­ward to gain­ing in­sight into the achieve­ments of th­ese busi­nesses dur­ing the judg­ing process and at the Cheshire Busi­ness Awards this year.” ● AWARDS CAT­E­GORIES ● Busi­ness Start Up Award spon­sored by Cheshire West and Ch­ester Coun­cil and Blue Orchid – This cat­e­gory is open to busi­nesses that be­gan trad­ing af­ter Jan­uary 1, 2016. The judges will be look­ing for ev­i­dence of a sus­tain­able busi­ness with the po­ten­tial to grow strongly in the fu­ture. ● Busi­ness of the Year (up to 10 em­ploy­ees), spon­sored by Scot­tishPower – What­ever your sec­tor if you have a great busi­ness tell us about it. This award is for busi­nesses es­tab­lished for more than two years that em­ploy up to 10 peo­ple and can demon­strate all round busi­ness ex­cel­lence. The judges will be take fi­nan­cial per­for­mance and lo­cal eco­nomic im­pact into ac­count when se­lect­ing the win­ner. ● Busi­ness of the Year (11 to 50 em­ploy­ees), spon­sored by NatWest – If you can demon­strate out­stand­ing busi­ness per­for­mance in your in­dus­try and em­ploy be­tween 11–50 peo­ple this is the cat­e­gory for you. Judges will be look­ing for your spe­cific busi­ness achieve­ments and a strong fi­nan­cial per­for­mance to­gether with sig­nif­i­cant lo­cal eco­nomic im­pact. ● Busi­ness of the Year (over 50 em­ploy­ees) – If your busi­ness em­ploys more than 50 peo­ple and can show out­stand­ing busi­ness per­for­mance, en­ter this cat­e­gory. Judges will con­sider ev­i­dence of a strong fi­nan­cial per­for­mance, ex­cel­lent busi­ness achieve­ments, your con­tri­bu­tion to lo­cal pros­per­ity and other spe­cific ini­tia­tives that make you stand out from your peers. ● Em­ployer of the Year – We are look­ing for the em­ploy­ers who can best demon­strate how their lead­er­ship and poli­cies sup­port staff de­vel­op­ment, en­gage­ment and sat­is­fac­tion cre­at­ing a pos­i­tive and sup­port­ive work­place with a well­mo­ti­vated and well trained team. The win­ner will be more than just a good com­pany to work for, their cul­ture will de­liver com­mer­cial re­sults and they will be an in­spi­ra­tion to other busi­nesses. ● Let’s Talk Ap­pren­tice­ships Award, spon­sored by Cheshire West and Ch­ester Coun­cil and ERDF – Ap­pren­tice­ships are good for both busi­nesses and for in­di­vid­u­als. They are an im­por­tant way of im­prov­ing the skills base in the re­gion, giv­ing young peo­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties be­yond the class­room and pro­vid­ing lo­cal com­pa­nies an op­por­tu­nity to in­spire and shape their fu­ture work­force. This award is open to any busi­ness in the re­gion who has demon­strated a real com­mit­ment to train­ing lo­cal young peo­ple through Ap­pren­tice­ships, pro­vid­ing them with real work ex­pe­ri­ence whilst be­ing sup­ported by work­place men­tors. Ap­pren­tices should have been ac­tively en­gaged in the shap­ing of work­ing prac­tices and been of­fered a job on com­ple­tion, ide­ally with a plan for fur­ther de­vel­op­ment and/or pro­gres­sion op­por­tu­ni­ties within the busi­ness. ● Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity Award – Does your com­pany strive to achieve a bal­ance be­tween your com­pet­i­tive aims and the in­ter­ests of so­ci­ety? This award will be pre­sented to the pri­vate sec­tor busi­ness or in­di­vid­ual judged to have the best his­tory of tak­ing into ac­count the ef­fect of the busi­ness op­er­a­tions on the com­mu­nity and the econ­omy. This can in­clude com­pa­nies that give time or money to char­i­ties or the vol­un­tary sec­tor. ● Cre­ative Im­pact Award – This cat­e­gory is open to busi­nesses en­gaged in any cre­ative in­dus­try. This can in­clude soft­ware de­sign for com­puter games, apps, web de­sign, mar­ket­ing, ad­ver­tis­ing, ar­chi­tec­ture, film, pho­tog­ra­phy and pub­lish­ing. En­tries are wel­come from all firms, whether they are act­ing as agents or prin­ci­pals. The judges will be look­ing for ev­i­dence that cre­ative work has led di­rectly to im­proved busi­ness per­for­mance. ● Ex­porter of the Year – This award is open to busi­nesses based in Cheshire that ex­port their prod­ucts or ser­vices over­seas. The judges will be look­ing for a good busi­ness that can demon­strate sus­tained suc­cess rel­a­tive to the size of their busi­nesses and po­ten­tial for the fu­ture. ● In­no­va­tion and En­ter­prise Award – This award cel­e­brates new ideas, pro­cesses, prod­ucts, ser­vices, tech­nolo­gies and ap­pli­ca­tions that have had an im­pact on an or­gan­i­sa­tion’s suc­cess. Judges will be look­ing for orig­i­nal­ity of the in­no­va­tion, its im­pact, prac­ti­cal­ity of its ap­pli­ca­tion and the mea­sur­able ben­e­fits to the busi­ness. ● Young Busi­ness Per­son of the Year, spon­sored by Bent­ley Mo­tors – Are you or one of your em­ploy­ees able to demon­strate out­stand­ing achieve­ments in your field? Our young busi­ness per­son of the year will be aged 35 or un­der and will dis­play ex­cel­lent ca­reer pro­gres­sion, lead­er­ship and man­age­ment. ● Busi­ness Per­son of the Year, spon­sored by SAS Daniels – The Busi­ness Per­son of the year is a judges’ choice award and not open for en­try. The win­ner se­lected by the judges will be an in­di­vid­ual who stands out from the crowd, has an en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit, demon­strates out­stand­ing achieve­ment and in­spires oth­ers around them. The win­ner of this award will have been in­stru­men­tal to the suc­cess of their busi­ness, grow­ing the rep­u­ta­tion of both their busi­ness and the re­gion.

Ch­ester Cathe­dral will host the Cheshire Busi­ness Awards gala cer­e­mony on Oc­to­ber 12

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