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Smart Works Discuss Their Delight At Being A Charity Partner 2021

Introducing the first of our two charity partners for #SBA2021, it’s Smart Works Greater Manchester. (SWGM)

Since opening their doors in June 2015, SWGM have successfully supported over 1800 women in and around the Stockport borough and Greater Manchester, to help with the clothes and confidence they need for job opportunity and success. 

Winning the ‘Best Not-for-Profit’ award at the Stockport Business Awards in 2019, Chair of SWGM, Jan Iceton, shares her delight at being chosen to be one of this year’s Charity Partners:
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Entries Now Open

We are delighted to announce entries are now open for the 2021 awards. There are thirteen categories businesses can enter this year, it’s free to enter and multiple categories can be entered.

This year’s categories are:

  • Business of the Year (up to £1m) sponsored by Mayfield Floors
  • Business of the Year (£1-5m) sponsored by Gorvins Solictors
  • Business of the Year (over £5m) sponsored by Clarke Nicklin Chartered Accountants
  • Family Business of the Year sponsored by Clarke Nicklin Financial Planning
  • Marketing Team of the Year sponsored by Marketing Stockport
  • Best Digital/Creative Agency sponsored by Ashcroft Creative
  • Best Not-for-Profit Organisation sponsored by Three Sixty
  • The Innovation Award sponsored by SMBS & Stockport Economic Alliance
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Award sponsored by Music Magpie
  • Most Promising Young Business sponsored by Sage UK
  • Employer of the Year sponsored by Business Growth Hub
  • Taste of Stockport sponsored by Clarke Nicklin Chartered Accountants
  • The Stockport Award sponsored by Clarke Nicklin Chartered Accountants

Entries will close at 5pm on Friday 28th May and judging will take place in June.

Managing Partner of Clarke Nicklin, Andrew Baggott, Commented

“We’re thrilled once again to be opening entries and celebrating 10 years of the Stockport Business Awards, each year we discover new business talent within the borough, which is fantastic. A lot of time and effort goes into the organisation and it’s all worth it on the night, we are looking forward to another successful year celebrating with Stockport’s finest.

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SBA 2021 Categories Announced

We are delighted to unveil this year’s award categories:

New to the line-up this year is ‘The Stockport Award’ this is for organisations that have really been flying the flag and are keen advocates for the borough.

This year’s entries will open on Monday 29th March through the Stockport Business Awards website.  For more information and regular updates follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. For any other queries please contact:

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2021 Media Partner Strawberry Radio Delighted to Support the Awards

This weeks Sponsor Spotlight is our official Media Partner of 2021… Strawberry Radio!

Strawberry Radio is a local Stockport radio station offering greatest hits, local news and on the hour weather, sport and news updates.

Chellce AJ, Co-Owner and Radio Presenter of Strawberry Radio said: “We are so excited to be Stockport Business Awards’ official Media Partner this year… We love working with Stockport Business Awards, they work so hard to encourage and celebrate local Stockport businesses, and there are so many of them as well which I think the event proves every single year.”

You can catch Chellce on air, weekdays, with the Drive Home from 4pm-7pm. Check out Strawberry Radio here.

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Employer of the Year Sponsored by The Business Growth Hub

This weeks Sponsor Spotlight is The Business Growth Hub

The Business Growth Hub are a community of specialists that help businesses across Greater Manchester to realise their true potential. They support businesses at all stages of growth, and provide a variety of services that are mostly fully-funded, from one-to-one and peer-to-peer business support, to events, specialist programmes, funding and more.

Liam Connors, Stockport Account Manager for the Business Growth Hub, said: “We’re incredibly proud that we are taking the opportunity to celebrate the success of Stockport Businesses and sponsoring the Employer of the Year Award, we are looking forward to celebrating on the night.”

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Most Promising Young Business Award Sponsor Announced As Sage UK

This weeks Sponsor Spotlight is Sage UK

Sage UK is the “market leader for integrated accounting, payroll and payment systems, supporting the ambition of the world’s entrepreneurs”.

Chris Downing, Director of Product Marketing at Sage UK commented:

“We are delighted to be a part of the 10th Stockport Business Awards and sponsoring the Most Promising Young Business Award, the entrepreneurial spirit and vision to grow, build and nurture a business has never been tested as much as it has been over the past year, however, is great to see new businesses flourish despite exceptional challenges and recognising their success in these awards.”

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Smart Works and Stockport NHS Charity Confirmed As Charity Partners

Founders and organisers, Clarke Nicklin Chartered Accountants, are delighted to announce this year’s charity partners are Smart Works and Stockport NHS Charity. It’s a first for the awards supporting two charities this year and all part of making this year’s 10th year anniversary awards the best yet.

Smart Works were originally chosen to be the 2020 charity partner but due to the pandemic, the awards were cancelled.

Smart Works are a charity that provide high quality interview clothes and training to unemployed women in need, who have often been referred from organisations such as job centres, care homes, homeless shelters and mental health charities.

Not only do Smart Works offer invaluable training and styling advice, they also give women the confidence and self-belief to succeed at their interview and, ultimately, transform their life.

Jan Iceton, Chair of the Board of Trustees at Smart Works commented “Smart Works Greater Manchester is delighted to be Stockport Business Awards 2021 Charity Partner. We have been based in Stockport for almost 6 years, in that time delivering over 3,000 client appointments to unemployed women from local communities and being supported by over 12,000 volunteer hours. It will be simply joyful to celebrate the achievements and resilience of people and organisations across the Borough once again.”

Stockport NHS Charity exists to improve the health and wellbeing of patients by delivering services above and beyond ordinary standards. Their aim is to help patients get better quicker and stay well for longer. Fundraising helps them to achieve this through enhanced medical equipment, improved staff performance, development and wellbeing and advanced research programmes.

Charity Manager, Jenny Clarke, Commented “Stockport NHS Charity is over the moon to be chosen as a charity partner for the Stockport Business Awards. Over the past year we’ve seen how amazing the Stockport business community is, with so many organisations going above and beyond to support our vital work, so now we’re delighted to be able to support theirs.”

The Stockport Business Awards team is now appealing to businesses within the borough to once again donate a prize for the charity raffle on the evening. If you would like to donate prize please email

This year’s entries will open in April.  For more information and regular updates follow on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. For any other queries please contact:

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Marketing Stockport Sponsoring Marketing Team of the Year at SBA 2021

This weeks Sponsor Spotlight is Marketing Stockport

Marketing Stockport are a business news publishing platform for the Stockport and SK region and have been long term supporters of the Business Awards. Their ethos is to support, promote and connect Stockport Businesses and they are sponsoring Marketing Team of the Year at this year’s awards.

Marketing Stockport Director, Helen White, commented:

“We’re really looking forward to the 2021 Stockport Business Awards, where we can celebrate in style and celebrate 10 years of the awards that have really united the Stockport business community. We are once again delighted to be sponsoring a category this year and really looking forward to seeing everyone there and having a great night, I think we really deserve it after the last 12 months.”

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Music Magpie Confirmed as Headline Sponsors

Founders and organisers, Clarke Nicklin Chartered Accountants, are pleased to confirm former winners Music Magpie as Headline Sponsors at this year’s Stockport Business Awards.  Music Magpie will be joining long-term supporters Gorvins Solicitors as Headlines Sponsors this year, and presenting the Corporate Social Responsibility Award.

Steve Oliver, Co-founder and Group CEO of Music Magpie, Commented

“We are delighted to be one of the Headline Sponsors of this year’s Stockport Business Awards, we were lucky enough to win Business of the Year over £5m at the last awards in 2019, it was a brilliant evening to celebrate all that’s great about Stockport business. It’s been a challenging time for many but we look forward to hearing the success stories that we’ve had within the borough. Good luck to everyone entering this year, and I look forward to seeing everyone on the night.”

Clarke Nicklin are also joined by Category sponsors; Ashcroft Creative, Three Sixty, Mayfield Floors, Sage UK, Marketing Stockport, Stockport Council and Stockport Economic Alliance.

After the 2020 awards were cancelled last year due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it is an even more special and anticipated event than usual, with the awards celebrating their 10th anniversary this year. The event will once again take place at the iconic Stockport Town Hall on Thursday 30th September and Strawberry Radio will be championing the event as this year’s media partner.

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