Wigan Business Awards

We are delighted to announce that we are now accepting nominations for the Wigan Business Awards 2018, sponsored by Handelsbanken.  Celebrating business excellence across the borough, the Awards highlight the achievements and hard work of a diverse range of Wigan businesses.

The Awards will be presented at the glittering Wigan Business Awards Dinner taking place on Friday 16 November at DW Stadium – more information on this will follow!


1. Business of the Year (turnover over £5m) – Sponsored by Handelsbanken

This is the premier award in Wigan borough's business year for companies of any size, working in any commercial or industrial sector. The company must demonstrate:

  • turnover of at least £5 million a year;

  • a successful track record of excellence and achievement;

  • measureable growth, increased trading profit, new product/service development or new production techniques

2. Family Business of the Year – Sponsored by HullJady

This award will recognise and celebrate the unique contribution family businesses have made to Wigan borough's economy, history and culture.  The judging panel will look at areas including:

  • length of trading and family dynamics;

  • contribution to the local economy;

  • special achievements;

  • contribution to the community and the promotion of the area outside of the region.


3. Small or Medium Enterprise of the Year – Sponsored by Wigan Council

The award seeks to recognise an SME or enterprise from any industry that has been operating for at least two years and turnover up-to £5 million. Judging criteria will be based on:

  • innovation;

  • expertise;

  • a solid vision for the future growth of the company.

4. We're Backing Wigan Award – Sponsored by Wigan Observer

This award will recognise any social or community enterprise, charitable organisations with a social purpose and/or a not-for-profit basis.  Entrants must demonstrate:

  • that it understands the needs of its local community/individuals and show evidence of the positive impact it has had;

  • an innovative approach to the way it operates;

  • key objectives and how it meets these;

  • how it will grow and sustain future development.

5. Exporter of the Year – Sponsored by Fairhurst Accountants

Recognising the strength of British business overseas, this category focuses on international trade, asking for details of research used, challenges identified and how your business has adapted to those challenges. The judges will be looking for dedicated activity in these areas:

  • research;

  • developing existing markets & expanding into new markets;

  • training and languages.

6. Apprentice of the Year Award – Sponsored by Wigan & Leigh College

This award will recognise an outstanding, dedicated and committed apprentice in Wigan. The nominee must be a current apprentice or someone who has completed an Apprenticeship in the last two years (March 2018).  Applicants must be able to:

  • Demonstrate the real value that the apprentice has brought to the business and any impact on the business

  • Demonstrate the dedication, commitment and capability of the apprentice and the personal benefits they have realised

  • Identify examples of the success of the apprentice – not only skills-based learning but how they may have also thrived personally.

Applicants: we will accept direct applications from businesses / individuals, or 3rd party   applications from learning providers for the Apprentice Award.

7. Something to Shout About Award – Sponsored by Wigan Metropolitan Development Company (Investment) Limited

This award is for firms who feel they are world class examples of quality in business. Companies need to demonstrate what makes them special - a spectacular client base, superb staff, or an amazing innovation - to showcase our very best local business acumen!  Judges will be looking at:

  • innovation

  • staff development

  • customer service

8. Start-up Enterprise of the Year – Sponsored by Focus Insolvency Group

This award recognises a Wigan-based enterprise in any sector which has been trading for less than two years as at the end of August 2016. They will need to demonstrate:

  • passion, vision and capacity for realising this vision;

  • sound research and planning, with a focus on future growth;

  • creative thinking and problem solving;


9. Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Sponsored by ARC Window Films Ltd

A new category launched in 2017, this award will celebrate entrepreneurs aged 30 and under (as at 10th August 2018). Entrants must be able to demonstrate real ambition, drive, skills and vision to ensure their business or businesses succeed and have started to show an impact in the local, regional or global community. Judges will be looking at:

  • passion, vision and evidence of running a successful business;

  • a sound business plan for the future development of the company, current performance and projected growth;

  • challenges faced and obstacles overcome in becoming an entrepreneur ie work/life balance/social pressure

To enter the Awards:

Click here to download the full list of categories and criteria.

Complete the online entry form here and submit

Closing date for entries is 5.00pm on Thursday 30th August 2018.

For further information on the Awards please contact Vicki Kerr, Event Executive at Greater Manchester Chamber e: vicki.kerr@gmchamber.co.uk or phone 0161 393 4342.

Rules of entry:

  1. All entries must be from businesses working within the Metropolitan boundaries of Wigan and Leigh.

  2. Nominations will only be accepted on the official entry form.

  3. The information provided on the entry form must be accurate. The panel of judges may request further supporting information, if required.

  4. Information supplied on or with the entry form may be used in the Wigan Observer and associated Greater Manchester Chamber materials such as programme, website and press releases. However, any information clearly marked as confidential will be treated in the strictest possible confidence and will not be used in any publicity.

  5. Original entry forms will be kept by the organisers. Photocopies will be circulated to members of the judging panel.

  6. The decision of the organisers, sponsors, or any of the judges, is final in respect of all matters concerning these awards, including the interpretation of these rules. The organisers have the right to reallocate an entry if they feel it has more opportunity to win in another category.

  7. All entrants will be expected to co-operate with the publicity surrounding the awards scheme should their entry prove successful.

  8. All entries must be received by the organisers by the closing date on Friday 10th August 2018.

  9. Participation in the Wigan Business Awards means acceptance of these rules and regulations.