Stockport Express

Awards again search for local business star

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STOCKPORT Business Awards organisers are once again looking for a local star to recognise with The Special Recognitio­n Award.

This award is given each year to someone within the Stockport business community who goes above and beyond the ‘day job’ to have a positive impact on the town and its entreprene­urial economy.

This category, which is sponsored by Stockport Council, was won last year by Tom Hogg, co-founder of Cheshire Data Systems Ltd (CDL). Tom has created a thriving group of companies that have enjoyed tremendous national success.

A true entreprene­ur, Tom founded CDL in 1977 with his wife Jessica, initially running the IT company out of their front room.

CDL has come a long way from its humble beginnings and is now a multi-millionpou­nd business.

This success has seen CDL grow to employ a workforce of over 500, making it one of Stockport’s largest employers and creating a range of skilled IT jobs, with employment opportunit­ies including apprentice­ships and graduate placements.

The Codeworks, their new business campus recently opened at Kings Reach, looks set to provide the platform for success for many years to come.

Councillor Sue Derbyshire, Leader of Stockport Council, said: “Over the years Stockport has become a popular location for businesses to start-up, expand or locate in.

“Whilst there are many obvious reasons why the borough is home to so many successful companies – such as excellent connectivi­ty, highly skilled workforce and flexible workspace – there are also some special individual­s whose unseen work helps to contribute to the developmen­t of a strong, entreprene­urial economy locally.

“If you know of an individual who has a vision to build Stockport as a business location, and works tirelessly on helping achieve this we want to hear from you.

“The Stockport Business Awards offer a fantastic opportunit­y for businesses, regardless of size, to showcase themselves and their successes.

“We are committed to supporting local businesses and improving our local economy as part of our Investing in Stockport initiative. I would therefore encourage all companies to look at how they can use the awards to shine the light on their business.”

The Stockport Business Awards is an event set up for businesses by businesses. It is organised by accountanc­y practice Clarke Nicklin, and headline sponsors are high profile businesses from the region; Gorvins Solicitors, Orbit Developmen­ts and NatWest.

 ??  ?? At last year’s Stockport Business Awards Coun Sue Derbyshire, left, and host Chelsea Norris, right, with Melissa Johnson, who collected the special recognitio­n award on behalf of Tom Hogg (right)
At last year’s Stockport Business Awards Coun Sue Derbyshire, left, and host Chelsea Norris, right, with Melissa Johnson, who collected the special recognitio­n award on behalf of Tom Hogg (right)
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