Around 300 guests gathered at Chester Racecourse to celebrate the crème de la crème of the region’s business community at the annual High Sheriff of Cheshire Enterprise Awards.
Hosted by the High Sheriff of Cheshire, Sarah Callander Beckett, and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chester, Professor Tim Wheeler, the guest speaker during the evening was Dr Sandeep Ranote who spoke about her work as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist leading young people’s eating disorder services and as Director of Clinical Networks at North West Boroughs NHS Foundation Trust.
Urban Landscape Design scooped the overall prize High Sheriff’s Award for Enterprise 2017/18, sponsored by LDF. Judges were looking for an organisation that had achieved outstanding commercial success and sustainable growth for this prestigious Award.
Urban Landscape DesignUrban Landscape Design is located in Great Barrow and is a design and build landscape contractor. Holly Youde, Director and Designer, of Urban Landscape Design, said: “We were thrilled to be finalists and absolutely honoured to have won this Award. It is testimony to the hard work of the whole team, who are a huge support and share our vision. There are exciting times ahead for Urban and this is a great endorsement both for professional development and the future of the business.”
Urban Landscape Design wins a place on the University of Chester’s MBA programme, for an appropriately qualified member of staff, worth £10,000.
The Mornflake Oats Award for Innovation was won by Daresbury-based company, Perfectus Biomed Ltd. Perfectus Biomed work with a wide range of UK and international clients, to improve bio-health and service microbiology.
Dr Samantha Westgate, CEO of Perfectus Biomed said: “Perfectus Biomed was delighted to be awarded two awards at the 12th Annual High Sheriff’s Awards for Enterprise. Our team members work very hard to meet their scientific goals, create great relationships with our clients and work closely with one another to achieve our company goals. The awards are a great way to take a step back and celebrate our successes.”
Perfectus Biomed will receive £3,000 in prize money.
The High Sheriff’s Award for Responsible Business Practice, sponsored by Warrington Borough Council, was deservedly won by The Land Trust, who are based in Warrington. The judging panel was looking for organisations that demonstrate a high standard of commitment in the way in which they organise and integrate their responsible business practices.
Euan Hall, Chief Executive of the Land Trust charity, said: “It’s fantastic to have our work recognised by the Cheshire High Sheriff Awards. Although we are a national land management charity, our heart is very much in Cheshire and Warrington. Well-managed green spaces are so important for public health and well-being, particularly in urban areas. Last year nearly 55,000 people joined in guided walks, or took part in healthy activities on Land Trust country parks or estates, and we are hoping for even more this year. This Award is a great endorsement for our community–focused approach to managing public land.”
The Land Trust will receive £3,000 in prize money.
Highly Commended in the same category was Stockport-based manufacturers Laser Quantum Ltd.
For the Roberts Bakery Family Award of Excellence Award judges were looking for leaders of outstanding entrepreneurial families and the achievements of specific family businesses in Cheshire, Warrington and Halton. There was a high calibre of entrant in this category especially, and the Award was split between two great businesses, Car Transplants UK in Winsford and Overwater Marina at Nantwich, who both share the £3,000 in prize money.
John A Schofield, Managing Director of Car Transplants, a vehicle salvage management company, said: “I am immensely proud of what Car Transplants has achieved over the last 43 years. Receiving such a prestigious Award is an accolade to the dedication and hard work of both my family and workforce.”
Janet Maughan, owner of Overwater Marina, said: “We are delighted to be a winner in the Roberts Bakery Family Business Award of Excellence. Taking part in such a prestigious Awards is always an excellent opportunity to take a good look at what you do as a business and to then win an award is the absolute icing on the cake, not just for us as a family, but for every member of our team who work so hard to make the Marina a very special place to work and visit.”
Highly Commended in the same category was Chester-based commercial catering distributor C&C Catering Equipment Ltd.
The new Micro Enterprise Award category was won by Tarporley-based online butchers Chestnut Meats, who will receive £2,000 worth of prize money. Marnie Dobson, MD, said: “We are over the moon to receive this prestigious Award. We would like to thank our customers for their support, staff for all their hard work and suppliers for their wonderful products. Chestnut Meats is proud to be named Micro Enterprise Winner 2017-18 and looks forward to growing the business and our team further in the year ahead.”
The Cheshire Business Exporter of the Year, sponsored by Click Consult and West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce, went to Frodsham-based company Heat Trace Ltd. Dan Berrisford, Managing Director of Heat Trace, said: “It’s brilliant for Heat Trace to win the High Sheriff’s Award as Cheshire Business Exporter of the Year. It will make our employees rightfully proud and give us a great excuse to celebrate as a team, as well as being an achievement that we can use to promote the company to current and future customers and other external stakeholders. We have had great feedback throughout the judging process and especially at the Awards evening and this really reaffirms to us that we’re doing the right things and fills us with confidence for the future. Many thanks to the High Sheriff and the organising committee for making the Awards a highly rewarding and enjoyable experience.”
Heat Trace Ltd will receive a bespoke package of support, to help research and develop overseas trade in one new market.
The Cheshire Business Leaders Award for the Cheshire and Warrington Entrepreneur of the Year went to Dr Samantha Westgate, from Perfectus Biomed Ltd based in Daresbury. Samantha receives membership of Cheshire Business Leaders, worth £500.
Paul Taylor from Cheshire Business Leaders, said: “Samantha has made the leap from career scientist to a successful and shrewd business owner that found a niche in her field and not only made the most of it, but also offers an unequalled service to her blue chip customers, and offers well qualified scientists a good, fixed wage rather than the usual temporary contracts at below market wages. Samantha’s title of Entrepreneur of the Year is well deserved.”
The Cheshire Business Leaders Award for the Outstanding Cheshire and Warrington Business Leader went to Dave Maisey, Managing Director at ICC Solutions Ltd in Warrington. Dave receives membership of Cheshire Business Leaders worth £500. Oli Yeates from Cheshire Business Leaders said: “Dave has built an incredibly strong business and his application really stood out to the judges. Having built his business from just two members of staff in 1996, Dave now employs 45 people and exports to 63 countries globally. Outside of his business, we were all really impressed with his commitment to the local economy and his tireless efforts to help young people in his local area of Warrington. A really worthy winner of this year’s Outstanding Cheshire and Warrington Business Leader award.”
There were two recipients for the Best Apprentice Award, sharing the £2,000 prize money. Charlotte Thompson who is completing a Business Administration apprenticeship at Rock Chemicals Ltd in Warrington, and Jordan Ireland, who is a Brickwork apprentice at Harry Fairclough Construction, also in Warrington.
Charlotte said: “I am over the moon to have won this Award and appreciate all of the help and support from my colleagues at Rock Oil. Apprenticeships are a great way to develop skills and knowledge within the working environment. I would recommend an apprenticeship to any young person, who wants to progress their career path and gain a qualification in their chosen field.”
Jordan added: “I was thrilled to be selected as part of #HSAE2018. As an apprentice, I was competing with some of the best students in the North West. I am truly honoured to have won and received the Award. However, I must thank my tutor @Riverside College Darren Moor and my employer Harry Fairclough Construction and my work colleagues for their continued support. Special thanks to the sponsors and to the judges for selecting me and believing in my ability. Thank you for an amazing evening.”
Peter Alderson, Managing Director of Ewloe-based business finance providers, LDF and sponsors of the Award for Enterprise 2018 said: “As a business based in the region, we were pleased to be able to support the Award for Enterprise for the second year running. There is such a lot of talented, innovative businesses in Cheshire and the awards are an excellent way to showcase this, while also providing a sound springboard for their future development.”
Professor Phil Harris, the Chairman of the Organising Committee of the Awards, said: “The High Sheriff of Cheshire Enterprise Awards are now in their 12th year and celebrate the wonderful businesses in the Cheshire/Warrington/Halton Economy.”
Sarah Callander Beckett, the High Sheriff of Cheshire, added “One of the highlights of my year as High Sheriff has been promoting the wonderful businesses across the county and in particular introducing the new Micro Business award.
“Celebrating the wealth of opportunity and variety of enterprises from the more rural south to the enterprise and science corridors of the north of the county is so important.”
The High Sheriff also paid tribute to the generosity of the Cheshire Business community, who on the night raised £2,655 for Cheshire Community Foundation.
The cream of the county’s business community has been unveiled, with the announcement of the finalists for the High Sheriff of Cheshire Enterprise Awards in the build up to the annual awards night on Thursday, March 22 at Chester Racecourse.
The High Sheriff of Cheshire Enterprise Awards judges visited finalists in December and are in the process of making recommendations for the awards night.
A new category – Micro Enterprise Award – is launched this year in recognition of all the wonderful businesses in rural and urban communities throughout Cheshire who champion entrepreneurial spirit and innovation.
The finalists for this year’s Awards, by category, are:
High Sheriff’s Award for Enterprise
- Arvia Technology
- Clicky Media
- Laser Quantum
- TALL Group
- Urban Landscape Design
High Sheriff’s Award for Responsible Business Practice
- Land Trust
- Laser Quantum
Award for Innovation
- CLD Fencing Systems
- Global Air Training
- Perfectus Biomed Ltd
Family Business Award of Excellence
- C&C Catering Equipment
- Car Transplants UK
- The Ice Cream Farm
- Overwater Marina
- Alexandra Nuttall; Caitlin Kirkham; Charlotte Thompson; Emilia Hoyle; Heather Hughes; Jordan Ireland; Lotti Littler; Millie Macdonald; Thomas Burke
Micro Enterprise Award
- Business Network Chester
- Chestnut Meats
- Sherrington Associates
- Spiro Control
Cheshire Business Exporter of the Year
- Car Transplants UK
- CLD Fencing Systems
- Heat Trace Ltd
The Cheshire Business Leader Awards for Entrepreneur of the Year and Outstanding Business Leader will be announced on the night.
Professor Phil Harris, the Chairman of the Organising Committee of the Awards, said: “The strength, quality and depth of the companies this year is excellent and we are extraordinarily fortunate to have such a range of vibrant businesses in Cheshire, Halton and Warrington.”
Sarah Callander Beckett the High Sheriff of Cheshire, said: “Entrants across all categories impressed the judges with their strength, professionalism and excellence. It was very hard for the judges to separate the finalists in such a strong field across the categories and we look forward to seeing marvellous businesses celebrated at our Awards Evening.”
A FRODSHAM and Helsby retailer has been crowned ‘Retail Family Business of the Year’ at the national Family Business of the Year Awards 2017.
Land of Beds took the top national retail prize at London’s luxurious May Fair Hotel on a night that celebrated the best of British family business.
The winners, whose showrooms on Church Street, Frodsham and Chester Road, Helsby stock 80 different types of mattresses crafted by Britain’s top manufacturers, overcame UK-wide competition in their sector.
Praising the “progressive family firm that impressed at many levels,” the panel of expert judges from the world of business – advised by family business representatives – declared Land of Beds “worthy winners of this national accolade”.
Impressed by their entrepreneurial insight and the way that family members have been instrumental in devising and implementing the strategic plan for the business, the judges added: “Rather than rely on the past and their family heritage, Land of Beds has evolved significantly since the early days and embraced new ways of doing business, as it has now become a multi-channel retailer.”
Major investment and growth in recent years has seen the small, independent business emerge as a major national retailer – selling 1,000 mattresses every month UK-wide.
Founded in 1974, Land of Beds has been highly commended three times in the past five years at the National Bed Federation’s Bed Industry Awards and won a prestigious ‘High Sheriff Business Award for Enterprise’ in 2016 – cementing its status as Britain’s leading independent bed retailer and reputation for all-round retail excellence.
Their ‘Retail Family Business of the Year 2017’ accolade comes after the company opened a new distribution centre in Runcorn; moved to new headquarters in Frodsham; and launched its brand-new e-commerce site – www.landofbeds.co.uk – (built entirely in-house) in the past 12 months.
“On behalf of our Family Director Team and all our colleagues at Land of Beds, we would like to thank all the Family Business United judges,” said Mike Murray, Managing Director, who also paid tribute to the hard work and tenacity of all the awards finalists.
“Our business has been passed down through three generations and we are thrilled that our granddad and founder, Harry Murray, can see today just how far we have come on our journey to become Britain’s best family retailer – one that has invested in nationally accredited training to ensure that all of our staff are able to provide advice on sleep and wellbeing, as well as helping customers to make informed choices through their specialist product knowledge.”
The Family Business of the Year Awards are organised by Family Business United – the award-winning magazine and resource centre that champions and celebrates the family business sector.
Paul Andrews, Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief at Family Business United, said: “We were delighted to pull together such a vibrant bunch of family businesses for the 2017 awards – some that have succeeded for numerous generations and continue to thrive, and others that are relatively young, but have great values at the heart of what they do. Open to family firms of all generations, sizes and sectors, these awards recognise some outstanding family firms and really help to put family businesses on the map.”
Runcorn company Tall Security Print Ltd were Highly Commended for the Cheshire Business Exporter of the Year, sponsored by ESL Fuels and West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce at the High Sheriff of Cheshire Enterprise Awards, hosted by the High Sheriff of Cheshire, Kathy Cowell, and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chester, Professor Tim Wheeler.
The Cheshire Business Exporter of the Year, sponsored by ESL Fuels and West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce, went to Laser Quantum Ltd, based in Stockport. Jennifer Szczepaniak Sloane, Senior Marketing Executive at Laser Quantum Ltd said: “Laser Quantum is extremely pleased to have won the Exporter award for 2016/17. It is testament to the quality of the products we manufacture and the hard work of all our staff. This recognition only further inspires us to continue to grow, by expanding into new territories and technologies.”
Laser Quantum Ltd will receive a bespoke package of support, to help research and develop overseas trade in one new market.
The Award for Training, Development and Opportunity for Young People, sponsored by Chess and Click Consult, was won by Stockport company Cheshire Scaffolds Ltd. The judges were looking for businesses who invest in the development of the skills of young people through the provision of training, apprenticeships and work experience.
Kevin Tottle, Contracts Director at Cheshire Scaffolds Ltd, said: “Cheshire Scaffolds Ltd are absolutely delighted to have been awarded Winner of the Training, Development and Opportunity for Young People Award for 2016/17. It is a real accolade and reflects all the hard work and commitment of our staff team across the whole of the business. We will continue to invest in our people and endeavour to make the most of the High Sheriff’s award.” Cheshire Scaffolds Ltd will receive £3,000 worth of prize money.
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.”