Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce paid tribute to Wigan’s most successful businesses on Friday night (16th November) at its annual Wigan Business Awards.
Over 300 members of the borough’s business community packed into the DW Stadium to witness Syncro Fire and Security Ltd collect the coveted Business of the Year award, sponsored by Handelsbanken.
Aerial Platforms Ltd were crowned winners of the Family Business of the Year Award and the team from The Old Courts, a multi-arts venue based in Wigan town centre, were the recipients of the We’re Backing Wigan award.
Commenting on this year’s awards, Diane Elebert-Morgan, Wigan Membership Manager at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said:
“Congratulations to all of the winners at this year’s Wigan Business Awards. The judges had a difficult task on their hands as our finalists were all of an incredibly high standard. We think the level of entries has been higher than ever this year and we’d like to thank all the businesses who took the time to enter.
“We’re incredibly grateful to the judging panel, which was made up of sponsors and independent companies who volunteered their time. We’d also like to thank the sponsors of this year’s Awards, whose support has been invaluable. Wigan’s business community is thriving and we were delighted that so many of them could celebrate their achievements at our event. We wish everyone who entered the awards continued success for the year ahead and hope to see many of them again at next year’s ceremony.”
Nine awards were given out in total, including the Exporter of the Year Award, which was collected by Reach and Rescue Ltd, and the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, which was presented to Octopus Ink Creative.
Presenter, Andy Crane, took the helm as host of the awards once again, and there were speeches from David Molyneux, Executive Leader of Wigan Council; Chris Fletcher, the Chamber’s Marketing and Campaigns Director; and Phil Eckersley, Wigan President of the Chamber.
There were also two Highly Commended awards presented on the night: Apprentice of the Year – Kieran Benson, Active Case Management; and Family Business of the Year – awarded to DASCO Construction Ltd.
Guests were raising money for the Chamber’s Wigan charity partner, Joseph’s Goal, which has been set up to increase awareness of NKH (Non-Ketotic Hyperglycinemia) and to raise funds for research. The amount raised on the night exceeded £1,500.
The full list of this year’s Wigan Business Award winners and sponsors:
Business of the Year (turnover over £5m) - sponsored by Handelsbanken
Winner: Syncro Fire & Security Ltd
Family Business of the Year - sponsored by HullJady Associates
Winner: Aerial Platforms Ltd
Small or Medium Enterprise of the Year - sponsored by Wigan Council
Winner: Bridgewater Home Care
We're Backing Wigan Award - sponsored by the Wigan Observer
Winner: The Old Courts
Exporter of the Year – sponsored by Fairhurst Accountants
Winner: Reach and Rescue Ltd
Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award - sponsored by Arc Window Films Ltd
Winner: Octopus Ink Creative
Something to Shout About Award – sponsored by Wigan Metropolitan Development Company
Winner: G&B Northwest Ltd
Apprentice of the Year Award –sponsored by Wigan & Leigh College
Winner: William Bradley of Keytech Managed Solutions
Start-up Enterprise of the Year – sponsored by Focus Insolvency
Winner: Rayner Rowen Construction