The Stockport Business Awards Shortlist Revealed


Main sponsors and organisers, Clarke Nicklin Chartered Accountants, have announced the shortlist for the 2018 Stockport Business Awards. Over 80 Businesses entered the 12 categories this year and  judging took place at Orbit Development’s Highbank House on Thursday 28th June. The judging consisted of headline sponsors representatives from Clarke Nicklin, Gorvins Solicitors and Orbit Developments. Representatives from Stockport Borough Council and the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce also joined the judging panel and after many hours of discussion and debate the shortlist was decided. This year’s shortlist is:

Business of the Year (over £5m) – Sponsored by Clarke Nicklin

Shepherds Friendly

Glossop Cartons


Business of the Year (£1-5m) – Sponsored by Gorvins Solicitors



Grassroots Recruitment

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

Agapanthus Interiors

Essential Personnel

Sammon Media

Most Promising Young Business – Sponsored by Clarke Nicklin

Bristow & Hardy

Candy MC

Tramp Hair Boutique

Employer of the Year – Sponsored by Life Leisure

Creative Support



Business Person of the Year – Sponsored by Handelsbanken

Woodbank Office Solutions – Janet Bowden

Pioneer – Chris Appleyard

Creative Apparel – Phil Miller

International Business of the Year – Sponsored by Clarke Nicklin Financial Planning


Starkey Hearing Technologies

Practical Publishing 

Best Not-for-Profit Organisation – Sponsored by Ashcroft Associates

Creative Support

Seashell Trust

Stockport homes

The Innovation Award – Sponsored by Stockport Borough Council & Economic Alliance

Agile Automations

Starkey Technologies

Sammon Media

Best Creative/Design Agency – Sponsored by Marketing Stockport

Platform 81

Sammon Media


Excellence in CSR – Sponsored by CDL

Almond Pubs

Vernon Building Society

Stockport Homes

Best Food & Drink Retailer- Sponsored by Clarke Nicklin

Lime lounge

Almond pubs

Bombay to Mumbai

The winners will be announced at an awards dinner which will take place on Thursday 11th October at Stockport Town Hall, which is one of the many venues provided by Stockport Events. The awards evening will also focus on raising money for this year’s charity partner Stockport for carers.

Andrew Baggott, Managing partner of Clarke Nicklin, commented “It’s been six years that I have been reviewing entries into the Awards. When making the decision to set up the Awards all that time ago, I fully expected it to identify the excellent businesses we have here in Stockport, and even six years on I am still surprised and delighted at the vibrancy, variety and success we have in our borough. This means us judges are faced with difficult decisions every year; but that is part of what makes the Awards so interesting and exciting. This also goes for us when we are organising the event, and also on the night for all those who have entered and the other guests who get the buzz of finding out which great businesses have been recognised this year.”

Tickets will be on sale from Monday 2nd July to all shortlisted businesses and will be on sale to the general public on Monday 16th July. You can purchase tickets from the Stockport Business Awards website or email Laura Frost to be invoiced