GMCC Excellence Awards

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the return of the GMCC Excellence Awards, sponsored by Biffa.

As an integral part of the Greater Manchester business community, the Chamber launched these awards to recognise the contribution and success of member organisations across all ten boroughs of Greater Manchester. 

The GMCC Excellence Awards will showcase and celebrate business achievements and resilience, highlighting businesses, leaders and teams who have demonstrated success within their industries and communities in Greater Manchester. 

All entries received for the Awards will also be submitted to The British Chambers of Commerce Awards providing you with the opportunity to be recognised at a national level.  

The Awards and Judges

Applications for the GMCC Excellence Awards 2022 have now closed.

Winners will be announced at the Awards Evening in October. Click here for further details about the Awards Evening.

We would like to say a huge thank you to our judges, who have given up their time to help pick the winners of our awards. It was very important to us to have a range of judges, with different areas of expertise, to allow us to complete the judging as impartially as possible.

The judges are made up of the following Board members, Chamber Presidents, Partners and Sponsors:

Danny Williams – Manchester President GMCC

Mark Williams – World First, Partner

Sharon Seville - Stockport President GMCC

Richard Powell – Inspired Energy, Partner

Nichola Howard – GMCC Board Member and Wigan Vice President

Graham Dixon – Esprit Group, Sponsor and GMCC Board Member

Claire Ebrey – On The Level, GMCC Consultant

Samantha Carty – Suez, Sponsor

Jill Bottomly – HR Dept, Sponsor

Mark Hodkinson – Biffa, Sponsor

Jeff Muff – Castle Chemicals, Sponsor


If you want to be involved in this fantastic celebration of business achievements and resilience, why not explore our range of sponsorship packages? Click here to take a look at the sponsorship packages 

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Awards Categories

The Awards Categories are:

  • Entrepreneurial Success - Sponsored by Esprit Warehousing - Demonstrate the successful creation of a business from creation to current trading achievements. Be sure to describe any obstacles or failures that contributed to the ultimate success of the company. We want to know about innovation and creativity, as well as your growth, any journey highlights or major milestones surpassed.

  • Exporting Excellence - Sponsored by Castle Chemicals - We want to hear from global superstars, whether you’re an experienced exporter or have recently expanded into new markets. Have you increased productivity, sales revenue or profitability by tapping into new markets? Become more innovative - either in your processes or development of new products and/or services? Combatted the risk of depending on domestic market sales? Battled the Brexit storm and come out stronger?

  • Green & Sustainable Strategy - Sponsored by Michael Page Finance - Greater Manchester aims to be Carbon Neutral by 2038 – are you ahead of the curve? Can you demonstrate tried and tested environmentally focused practices that are not only saving the planet but improving your output and profitability? Is sustainability the heart of your company values? Tell us about any major changes you have made to disrupt your industry norm and become ‘Green’.

  • Business Diversification - Sponsored by The Co-operative Bank - Are you a master of change? Or have the last 12 months catapulted you into new revenue streams you never would have thought of? Tell us how you have adapted or completely redirected your strategy and how it's paid off when it comes to profits, market share, growth/ recruitment or crisis management.

  • Diversity and Inclusion - Sponsored by HR Dept - Does your business drive positive change when it comes to the workforce, your supply chain and your workplace policies? Can you demonstrate that your organisation provides equal opportunities? What policies or strategies have you put in place to ensure complete eradication of prejudice or discrimination in your organisation? Most importantly tell us your success stories or HR triumphs!

  • Learning and Development - Sponsored by Avoira - In this new category we are looking for a business that has shown how their approach to the learning and development of their team has enhanced their business performance. Can you explain how you have implemented this and the effect it has had on business performance? Are the implementations sustainable and what makes you stand apart from the rest?

  • Scale-Up Business - Sponsored by Clockwise - A new one for the rapid growth businesses. Has your business demonstrated exceptional levels of growth? Can you detail the business’ vision for continued growth over the next three to five years? Are the plans financially sustainability? Tell us how you made it work and why you deserve to be crowned the most impressive Scale-up business of the year.

  • Community Champion - Sponsored by Suez - Our final new category for this year. Time for the community heroes to celebrate their acts of kindness. Please tell us how the business facilitates, participates and enables community engagement, the impact that this engagement has had on the community and why you think your business should be crowned a community champion?

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the awards, or you need any further information about the events or sponsorship opportunities, please contact either Lea-Anne Gardner via or Annie Platts via 

Thank you for your interest in the GMCC Excellence Awards and we wish you the best of luck!