The Roberts Bakery Family Award of Excellence Award went to Malpas family firm, Barlows UK Ltd. Judges were looking for leaders of outstanding entrepreneurial families and the achievements of specific family businesses in Cheshire, Warrington and Halton.  Barlows UK Ltd will receive £3,000 in prize money.

David Barlow, Director of Barlows UK Ltd, and an honorary graduate of the University of Chester, was also the recipient of one of two special awards given on the night. The Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, David Briggs MBE KstJ, presented him with a Special Recognition Award, commending him in particular for championing young people and apprentice schemes in particular. David is an Ambassador for the National Apprenticeship Service, advising employers of the benefits of training and employing young people across the North West, and promoting the advantages of apprenticeships within a National Ambassador Network.

As a Director of Barlows UK Ltd, a family-run business that provides property maintenance solutions across the UK, David has spearheaded the growth of five Academies and is personally involved in teaching over 120 apprentices.

David Barlow said: “I was honoured both for myself and on behalf of Barlows (UK) Ltd. to receive recognition at the wonderful award ceremony last Thursday evening.  It is a great boost to our company and staff to be chosen for the family business award and I would like to thank all at the High Sheriff awards, the judges, the organisers and the sponsors.  I would particularly like to thank Roberts Bakery for their kind sponsorship.”