The High Sheriff’s Awards for Enterprise 2019/20, Cheshire’s most prestigious business awards, are now open for entries. 

Cheshire High Sheriff

The Awards offer thousands of pounds worth of prizes, as well as access to a network of support across Cheshire and a promotional opportunity for local businesses.

The winners will be announced at a presentation evening on March 26, 2020, in the stunning surroundings of Chester Racecourse. Guests will include business leaders, sponsors, judges and the finalists.

The winner of the High Sheriff’s Award for Enterprise will receive a free place for one of its appropriately qualified managers on the award-winning MBA programme at the University of Chester worth £10,000.

The winner of the High Sheriff Design Award, sponsored by Donald Insall Associates, wins a fantastic bespoke prize of a two-week-long intensive training course in 3D computer-aided design.

Winners of the High Sheriff’s Award for Responsible Business Practice, sponsored by Warrington & Co; the High Sheriff’s Award for Innovation, sponsored by Mornflake Oats; the High Sheriff’s Family Business of Excellence Award, sponsored by Roberts Bakery; and the High Sheriff’s Micro Enterprise Award, sponsored by Boodles, will win £2,000 each.

The winner of the High Sheriff’s Award for Best Apprentice, sponsored by Barlows Electrical, will win £1,000; and the winner of the High Sheriff’s Award for Cheshire Business Exporter of the Year, sponsored by West Cheshire & North Wales Chamber of Commerce and Click Consult, will win a two-day strategic review of their organisation.

The winner of the Cheshire Business Leaders Awards for Outstanding Cheshire and Warrington Business Leader will win membership of Cheshire Business Leaders worth £500. 

The current High Sheriff of Cheshire, Mark Mitchell, said: “As High Sheriff of Cheshire for 2019/20, I am so pleased to lead this year’s High Sheriff’s Awards and am looking forward to acknowledging and celebrating the success and valued contribution of many businesses across the county.”

Professor Phil Harris, Executive Director of the University of Chester’s Business Research Institute, said: “Cheshire, Warrington and Halton have a tremendous range of businesses and these Awards celebrate the wide breadth and diversity of some wonderful companies, people and businesses that make up our regional economy.

“We look forward to welcoming the winner of the MBA programme and offering them the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of studying at the University of Chester.”

Thanks to significant contributions from sponsors including: the University of Chester;  Donald Insall AssociatesWarrington & CoMornflakeRoberts BakeryClick ConsultBarlows ElectricalBoodlesWest Cheshire & North Wales Chamber of CommerceCheshire Business LeadersCheshire East CouncilCheshire West and Chester CouncilHalton Borough CouncilCheshire and Warrington LEPEllis & CoChester RacecourseMarketing CheshireChester Business ClubAirbusKnightsDTM Legal; and Barclays; the Awards represent one of the highest values of any competition of its kind in the county.

For more information visit and download an entry form.

The closing date for entries is Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

Further information can be obtained from Sally Williamson, Business Research Institute, or telephone 01244 512888.