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Another success for Stockport Business Awards

This year's Stockport Business Awards proved to be a resounding success as they recognised the achievements of the town's biggest and brightest companies. 340 of Stockport's leading business figures attended the event at the Hallmark Hotel to celebrate the 2013 winners and help to raise money for this year's chosen charity The Weekend Day Centre for Dementia Care - the total amount raised was over £5000! Andrew Baggott, MD of Clarke Nicklin Chartered Accountants, sponsors and organisers of the Awards, said: "After the success of last year's inaugural event the Stockport business community has really embraced the awards. Entry numbers were up on last year and tickets for the awards evening quickly sold out so we knew it would be a great night, and we weren't disappointed."

stockportbusStockport Business Awards Winners 2013

Innovation and Design

Winner: Frederic Robinsons

Judges' comments: "Robinsons has shown a lot of innovation over the last 12 months, both with diversification on products – the Trooper and Simon Rimmer ranges are great examples – and with the innovative use of the brand new brewery and visitors centre for tours, events and lunches."

Highly commended:

  • Cami Confidential
  • Dyer Environmental


Business Person

Winner: Tracy Mort, Grace Cole

Judges' comments: "Tracy Mort started this business from scratch after her previous employers went into administration. She has since led the business to massive growth, with a good ecommerce website selling bath, body and beauty products. She also exports to over 70 countries and has consistent year on year financials."

Highly commended:

  • Alison Bowcott McGrath, Bo-Concepts
  • Nick Rose, Midshire Business Systems


Employer of the Year

Winner: Trolex

Judges' comments: "Trolex has a very impressive overall business and a huge commitment to people development. The firm focuses highly on staff wellbeing and has great employee retention."

Highly commended:

  • Jobwise
  • Rowlinson Knitwear


Indie Retailer

Winner: Classic Celebration Cakes

Judges' comments: "CC Cakes is a niche business that is always growing. It offers something different, which makes it stand out from the crowd! The recent expansion into new premises, and taking on staff and apprentices have all contributed to business success."

Highly commended:

  • Broadstone Mill Shopping Outlet
  • Bramhall Bakery


Most Responsible Company

Winner: Dyer Environmental Controls

Judges' comments: "Dyer combines innovative and environmental technologies to create good solutions for customers, and has a strong commercial approach in delivering this. The firm believes in investment in the future and has seen positive return from this."

Highly commended:

  • Millar Landscapes
  • NXP Semiconductors


International Trade

Winner: Frederic Robinsons

Judges' comments: "Robinsons has been really successful with export in the past year, particularly due to some great new products and marketing campaigns such as its Trooper ale with Iron Maiden. It has exported to 20 new countries in 2013 alone and now exports to around 340 countries worldwide."

Highly commended:

  • Grace Cole
  • ParkCloud


Training Young People

Winner: Trolex

Judges' comments: "Trolex is committed to being a good employer. The team seems genuinely interested in investing in young people and helping them to develop. They demonstrate this by offering fantastic apprenticeships, training and coaching."

Highly commended:

  • Jacobs Engineering
  • DJS Research


Most Promising Young Biz

Winner: Minted Melon Designs

Judges' comments: "Minted Melon Designs stands out as a great business which was started by university leavers and has been built into a successful company. The team are starting to win good contracts and employ other people and the future looks promising for them."

Highly commended:

  • Pioneer IT Connections
  • Marsec International


Business of the Year Up to £1m

Winner: Tinies Childcare North West

Judges' comments: "Tinies Childcare NW has had a lot of success in a short period of time. The owner, Fiona, has used her expertise to grow her business through a recession. She is setting a great example for other local businesses with her achievements and commitment to job creation."

Highly commended:

  • STE Waste
  • Tangent Design


Business of the Year £1-5m

Winner: Resin Surfaces Limited

Judges' comments: "Resin Surfaces is a great example of a traditional manufacturing company that has improved performance by diversifying into different markets. It has a huge range of innovative products, many of which it exports out of Stockport."

Highly commended:

  • Pioneer Digital Solutions
  • Active Business Communications


Business of the Year over £5m

Winner: APEM

Judges' comments: "APEM has a remarkable success story, when recent radical diversification has been vital in business growth. Its continued investment into staff and assets has seen APEM grow into a nationwide business with an overseas presence. Its overall business excellence is clear."

Highly commended:

  • Frederic Robinsons
  • Rowlinsons Knitwear


Special Recognition

Winner: Wayne Jones, senior vice president of MAN Diesel & Turbo UK

Judges' comments: "Wayne Jones has made a huge contribution to Stockport business and is a very worthy winner of this award."

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