Greater Manchester Chamber celebrated the best of Wigan’s businesses at the annual Wigan Business Awards (Click here for all the pictures from the night)
More than 300 of the borough’s business leaders attended the awards evening on 17th November at the DW Stadium, which was sponsored by NatWest, with associate sponsorship from Wigan & Leigh College.
A Connolly Ltd was crowned Business of the Year and European Diesel Services Limited was named Exporter of the Year. The Small or Medium Enterprise of the Year Award was won by Keytech Managed Solutions Ltd. There were eight awards in total.
The awards were hosted by BBC presenter, Andy Crane, and there were speeches from Lord Peter Smith, Leader of Wigan Council, and Chris Fletcher, Marketing & Campaigns Director at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.
Chris Fletcher said: “It is once again a great tribute to the business community here in the borough that so many fantastic businesses entered the awards and caused the judges a few problems when it came to picking the winners.
“Faced with outstanding businesses doing excellent things it can be a tricky task having to pick individual winners for each category. With standards getting higher every year it creates not only a healthy degree of competition, but more importantly it creates a strong and thriving local economy – one which supports so many local people in employment and one in which businesses recognise the part they have to play with the wider community, helping educate the workforce of the future - our young people - as well as those less fortunate and in need of help.”
The full list of winners was as follows:
Business of the Year (turnover over £5m) - sponsored by NatWest –
Winner: A Connolly Ltd
Exporter of the Year – sponsored by Greater Manchester Chamber International Trade Services -
Winner: European Diesel Services Limited
Family Business of the Year – sponsored by HullJady Associates –
Winner: CarLease UK
Small or Medium Enterprise of the Year – sponsored by Wigan Council –
Winner: Keytech Managed Solutions Ltd
Something To Shout About – sponsored by Focus Insolvency Group -
Winner: Joseph's Goal
Start-Up Enterprise of the Year – sponsored by Fairhurst Accountants –
Winner: The School of Military
We're Backing Wigan – sponsored by Wigan Observer –
Winner: Joining Communities
Young Entrepreneur of the Year – sponsored by Arc Window Films Ltd –
Winner: Dean Taylor of Taylor Thermal Solutions Ltd