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Friday 9 February marked the spectacular second annual awards night of the Greater Manchester Business Awards.

in Manchester - which has been remodelled on the site of former home of the Halle orchestra - the Lesser Free Trade Hall.

Following the success of the 2017 event once again business owners had the chance to bring their staff and clients along to a fun and glamorous night out in recognition of the hard work and support they had put into the business.

As media partners GM Business Connect were more than pleased once again to support the event, and indeed it has shaped up to be one of the pivotal dates in our portfolio of business activities, particularly fitting in with our mantra of ‘connecting’ businesses which we are extremely keen to promote.

For both clients and staff it’s the opportunity to say thank you from the business owners, and let’s face it also a chance for businesses to network and to make new contacts and prospects. The Greater Manchester Business Awards certainly lived up to expectations. The evening was now a regular event in the Greater Manchester Business Community diary. Organised by specialist conference organisers, innov8 Conference Services, the evening delivered exactly the right mix of fun, glamour, and acknowledgement for all the businesses that took part.

The evening commenced with a drinks reception in the lobby area which then moved into the main banqueting suite where proceedings were introduced by our host for the evening - Key 103’s Darren Proctor. After a four course meal, accompanied by singer Russell Shaun, the awards ceremony commenced with the 12 categories being introduced in turn by members of the judging panel.

The venue for the Awards Ceremony was the same as last year - the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel

As well as 12 winners, there were also 4 ‘Special Recognition’ awards that were handed to 4 businesses that although hadn’t won their respective categories, had in fact displayed qualities that the judges

Business of the Year – (Organisations of under 10 Employees) Catalyst Claims Management

Business of the Year – (Organisations of between 10 - 50 Employees) Matthews Environmental Solution

Customer Service Excellence Award – (Organisations of between 10 - 50 Employees) Contact

Customer Service Excellence Award – (Organisations of over 50 Employees) Involvement Packaging Ltd

felt merited special recognition.


The choice of shortlisted businesses, and indeed eventual winners, were as a result of 8 judges who were brought in from many different businesses, organisations and backgrounds. Out of the many submissions, there were a total of 39 shortlisted businesses and individuals over the 12 categories, and the process of choosing the winners was incredibly difficult due to the very high calibre of nominees.

Event organiser James Caldwell from innov8 Conference Services commented: “When we first set out to create the Greater Manchester Business Awards, we had a vision for creating Greater Manchester’s fairest and most transparent Business Awards.

Categories As a direct result of the judging process last year and feedback from many of the businesses taking part, two new categories were created this year.

“We put together a panel of leading Business Experts from across the Greater Manchester Industry, Technology, Manufacturing, Legal and many more sectors. The Panel was also from different backgrounds, with some of the panel being based in micro-businesses for 25+ years, whilst others had worked their way up their International Company over many years. Therefore in order to get onto the Shortlist the entrants had to impress a good number of the Panel Members.

Celebrating the spirit of freshness within the Greater Manchester “We implemented a scoring method business community, Entrepreneur of which prevented panel members unfairly the Year was created. skewing the process. We (innov8) had no input into the Shortlisting or Winners for Also newly acknowledged was the awards, we left that entirely to the the crucial role of businesses in supporting and nurturing their staff - Panel and they spent an awful lot of time Employer of the Year. deliberating the entries.

Business of the Year – (Organisations of over 50 Employees) OneFile

Start-up Business of the Year Award (Organisations of under 2 years since formation) Flow Creative

Customer Service Excellence Award – (under 10 Employees) Florence & Amelia’s

Business Person of the Year Award Richard Jordan

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April/May Edition of Greater Manchester's fastest growing B2B Magazine

GM Business Connect Apr.May 2018  

April/May Edition of Greater Manchester's fastest growing B2B Magazine