Tomorrow is the annual Stockport Business Awards ceremony and the day many Stockport businesses have been waiting for.

The awards, which are now in their 5th year, are organised by local accountancy practice Clarke Nicklin and celebrate business excellence in the borough, rewarding those businesses that are deemed to be ‘the best of the best.’

Andrew Baggott, Managing Partner at Clarke Nicklin commented; “A record number of entries were received this year which made judging a harder task than ever, but I think everybody will agree that the shortlist is superb and really highlights the diverse businesses in the area.”

Tomorrow 12 winners will be crowned at a glitzy black tie dinner at Stockport Town Hall. 400 of Stockport’s finest will attend to find out if they are winner, or to lend their support to others in the running.

The full shortlist is:

Business of the Year (Turnover £5m+) – sponsored by NatWest

  • Edward Mellor
  • George Cox and Sons
  • Together

Business of the Year (Turnover £1m to £5m) – sponsored by Gorvins Solicitors

  • C & C insurance Brokers
  • Cullen Wealth
  • Madison Medical Professionals

Business of the Year (up to £1m) – sponsored by Orbit Developments

  • Distology
  • Platform 81
  • Trust

Business Person of the Year – sponsored by Clarke Nicklin Chartered Accountants

  • Carl Hampson, Allied Bakeries
  • Chris Appleyard, Pioneer Group
  • Hayley Roberts, Distology

Most Promising Young Business Award – sponsored by Clarke Nicklin Financial Planning

  • AAI Global
  • Analysis Legal
  • Distology

The Innovation Award – sponsored by Leemic

  • Advanced Mechanical Systems
  • Great Grounds
  • UK Biobank

Best Not for Profit Organisation – sponsored by Ashcroft Creative Design

  • Seashell Trust
  • The Mill Youth Centre
  • Together Trust

Excellence in CSR – sponsored by Midshire Business Systems

  • SAS Daniels
  • Valour Finance Group
  • Vernon Building Society

Employer of the Year Award – sponsored by Rowlinson Knitwear

  • Life Leisure
  • SAS Daniels
  • Together

Retail Business of the Year – sponsored by Marketing Stockport

  • Chambers Skateshop
  • Heaton Hops
  • Rhode Island Coffee

International Business of the Year – sponsored by MAN Diesel & Turbo UK

  • APEM
  • ParkCloud
  • Premier Textiles

Andrew added; “On behalf of all the sponsors I’d like to wish the shortlisted companies the very best of luck!”

The Stockport Business Awards is an event set up for businesses by businesses. It is organised by accountancy practice Clarke Nicklin, and headline sponsors are high profile businesses from the region; Gorvins Solicitors, Orbit Developments and NatWest.