Halton Business Awards 2018
Organisations from across the borough joined together at Halton Stadium to celebrate business success at the Halton Business Awards Gala Dinner, 2018. This annual event once again recognised exceptional performance with organisations and business professionals located in Widnes and Runcorn, and representing all sectors, showcasing their business success and organisational expertise.
Guest speaker, Martin Hawthorne, ex CEO of Cash Converters, delivered the key note speech highlighting how important buyer behaviour is and the potential rewards available to organisations use this to build a loyal client base and delight customers.
A hotbed of entrepreneurs and innovative organisations
There were also many delighted businesses with 17 Awards presented to companies that demonstrate excellent customer service, exceptional environmental credentials in the ‘Keep it Green’ category, marketing excellence and innovation in ‘Health and Wellbeing Award’, to name but a few. The contribution of individuals was also rewarded through the Young Achievers/Apprenticeship Award and Entrepreneur of the Year category. In fact, this year the Entrepreneur of the year Award, sponsored by Daresbury Sci-Tech, was so hotly contested, having received more applications than any other category, that two individuals were recognised with Liz Ashall-Payne winning the Female Entrepreneur of the Year and Lee Bradburn being presented with the Male Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
‘Halton really is a hotbed of Entrepreneurs and innovative organisations. It’s only right that we recognise this and reward the ingenuity, dedication and commitment of these multi-talented individuals.’ explained Rachael Owen, Chief Executive of Halton Chamber of Commerce. ‘These Awards celebrate the resilience, expertise, innovation and sheer brilliance that organisations across the Halton demonstrate every day. This year we have received more applications than ever making the 10th Anniversary the most successful yet and proving once again how sought after and prized these awards have become’.
Exporters with nationally and industry wide recognition complete for Halton International Business of the Year
Many organisations were already in receipt of national awards and industry wide recognition. The three finalists for the International Business of the Year Award all enjoy national success with Tall Security, a previous winner, currently ranked 6th on the Sunday Times SME Export Track 100 list – Britain’s SMEs with the fastest growing international sales, Sandon Global, recently won the 2018 National Chamber of Commerce Award for Export and Perspective Engineering, a Queens Award for Export winner with offices in Singapore and headquarters based at Daresbury Sci-Tech. Category sponsors, Halton Chamber of Commerce, who support exporters through their Export Documentation Service and provides business support and advice to all organisations through the Growth Hub Halton service, is always keen to promote the global expertise that is so vital to the not just to the borough of Halton but also to the region’s economy.
‘Tonight we have celebrated the outstanding achievements of businesses based across the borough.’ Said Peter Cook, Chair of Halton Chamber of Commerce. ‘To be recognised as a finalist is a real achievement and I’d like to thank and also congratulate all the businesses that attended the Gala Dinner as they all demonstrated exceptional levels of excellence and have much to be proud of. I know the judges had a really difficult task this year as they were blown away by the calibre of businesses entering and the contribution these organisations make to our borough as regional, national and also global leaders of their sectors– it is truly impressive.’
And the winner is…..
For the first time in ten years, the winner of the Health and Wellbeing Award, LPW Technology Ltd, went on to win the much-converted Halton Business of the Year Award, 2018.
Dr Carroll, Founder and CEO of LPW Technology Ltd comments “LPW Technology is delighted to have won two of Halton Borough Council’s prized 2018 Business Awards. As a company we are entering an exciting growth stage and to achieve this success we rely on the commitment of our team throughout the company. Receiving the ‘Health and Well-being’ award is a reflection of the immense value that we place on our exceptional employees. Similarly winning the overall award supports our plans to be a valued high-skills employer in the region as we grow our advanced manufacturing operation.’