Stockport businesses large and small will get chance to havetheir achievements recognised in a new awards scheme which launcheson Thursday 26th January 2012.
The scheme has been welcomed by the town’s business communityand over 180 people are expected to show their support by attendingthe launch event.
The brainchild of local businessman and entrepreneur Ben Poland,the Stockport Business Awards will celebrate everything that’s goodabout doing business in the town and surrounding area.
“It’s been three years in the planning,” said an enthusiasticBen Poland. “I am delighted to see it now becoming a reality.Stockport has enterprises of every size, shape and description.It’s one of the best places to do business in the whole of GreaterManchester and it’s about time we recognised it.
“The aim is to put on a world class event which becomes aregular fixture.”
The award ceremony itself will take place on 4thOctober at the Hallmark Hotel in Handforth.
This week’s launch event will be the official introduction tothe scheme and will showcase the opportunities to get involved aswell as how to enter.
Ten categories will include Business of the Year, turnover £5m+Business of the Year, turnover up to £5m, Most Promising Start-upand Entrepreneur of the Year.
Leading local companies are giving their support to the venture.Accountancy firm Clarke Nicklin LLP is putting significant resourceand investment into its organisation and delivery.
Headline sponsors include Gorvins Solicitors, Orbit Developmentsand NatWest Bank. Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce andStockport Council are also giving it their full backing as is mediapartner Stockport Express and Stockport Times.
Andrew Baggott, Managing Partner from Clarke Nicklin LLP, said,they were inspired to get involved. “Schemes like this givebusiness people the chance to show what they can do and gives usall the opportunity to celebrate with them and learn how to dothings better! It will give the community an important lift intough times.”
Lorraine Lockie, Managing Partner, Gorvins Solicitors, said theawards were long overdue. “We are proud to be part of Stockport’sthriving business community and the awards will demonstrate thatStockport businesses have as much to offer as those based in thecity centre and other Manchester suburbs.”
Tony Jones, Managing Director of Orbit Developments, agreed.”There are some fantastic businesses in the Stockport area thathave demonstrated passion, determination and dedication in thesechallenging times.”
“Award schemes identify winners in communities,” added ScottRyan, Director Business Banking, Stockport & Macclesfield, fromNatWest. “They deserve to be celebrated and recognised.”
The Stockport Business Awards launch event will be held atadidas European Headquarters, Pepper Road, Hazel Grove from 6pm onThursday 26th January 2012.
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