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Around 100 people turned out at Robinsons Brewery last week forthe launch of Stockport Business Awards 2013.

Ben Poland of main sponsors and organisers Clarke Nicklin gave apresentation on the night to guests, which included last year’saward winners, to explain what they can expect from the awards intheir second year.

Ben said: “This year is all about building on the success andmomentum gained last year. One thing the awards really highlightedis that Stockport is full of excellent businesses and they all havesuccess stories to share. We want this year to be a bigger, betterevent that uncovers more fantastic companies doing great work herein Stockport!”

Nominations are now officially open for the awards, andbusinesses have the choice of 11 Categories to enter.

Andrew Baggott, Managing Partner at Clarke Nicklin commented:”The categories are all diverse, giving us the opportunity toshowcase a variety of successful businesses. It is our vision thatthis year even more people get behind the awards and take theopportunity to show us all what they can do. We are working towardsthe goal of creating a vibrant, successful business community inthe Stockport Borough.”

The full list of Categories are:

Business of the Year (Turnover £5m+)

Business of the Year (Turnover £1 to £5m)

Business of the Year (up to £1m)

Most Promising Young Business Award

Business Person of the Year

The Award for Innovation and Design

Independent Retailer of the Year

Employer of the Year Award

Best International/Export Trade Company

The Special Recognition Award

The Award for Most Responsible Company

The organisers are also calling for applications to be thisyear’s Charity Partner. Last year they collected almost £4,500 forthe Stockport-based Seashell Trust and are hoping to match thatagain this year. If you’d like to become the charity partner pleasesend your application to chelseam@clarkenicklin.co.ukby 30th April.

The Stockport Business Awards’ greatest strength is that it isan event set up for businesses by businesses. It is organised byaccountancy practice Clarke Nicklin, and headline sponsors are highprofile businesses from the region; OrbitDevelopments, Gorvins Solicitors and NatWest.

For sponsorship opportunities, entry forms, and any otherinformation see www.stockportbusinessawards.co.uk.

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