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The Stockport Business Awards Launched

Main sponsors and organisers, Clarke Nicklin Chartered Accountants, hosted the launch of the Stockport Business Awards on Thursday 22nd March. The event was held at The Light Cinema in Stockport where attendees were treated to a screening of highlights from last year’s awards dinner, which was hosted by Jenny Powell at the iconic Stockport Town Hall.

The screening was followed by drinks and canapes provided by street food specialist Oh My Glaze, and then the opportunity to network with over 40 businesses from the Stockport area. The 12 categories were announced, along with the entry date which is Tuesday 3rd April.

Marketing Manager for Clarke Nicklin, Laura Frost, commented “It was great to see so many people attend the launch and networking evening, giving people a flavour of what’s in store for this year’s event on the 11th October.”

The categories for the 2018 Stockport Business Awards are:

  • Business of the Year (over £5m)
  • Business of the Year (£1-5m)
  • Business of the Year (up to £1m)
  • Most Promising Young Business
  • Employer of the Year
  • Business Person of the Year
  • International Business of the Year
  • Best Not-for-Profit Organisation
  • The Innovation Award
  • Best Creative/Design Agency
  • Excellence in CSR
  • Best Food & Drink Retailer

Application forms will be available to download from the website on Tuesday 3rd April.

For any queries please contact

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Stockport Business Awards Search for New Charity Partner

Entries are now open to apply for a chance to become this year’s Stockport Business Awards charity partner. The new charity partner will benefit from all fundraising activities and proceeds arising from Stockport Business Awards. The chosen charity will also get links and branding on the Stockport Business Awards website, PR coverage before and after the awards, promotion in the awards brochure, the opportunity to make a short speech on the night and to form new relationships with local business people.

The Stockport Business Awards have been an iconic event within the business community of Stockport since 2012. Each year the event raises over £5,000 for a local cause. Last year’s charity partner was the NSPCC.

Managing Partner, Andrew Baggott of Clarke Nicklin Chartered Accountants, who are the organisers and main sponsors of the event said: “We are delighted to have supported so many amazing charities over the past six years and see the benefits of the events fundraising. It’s a fantastic chance for charity organisations to raise their profile in Stockport and benefit from such a generous community”

For any other queries and to request a charity application pack please contact

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The Stockport Business Awards – The 2017 Highly Commended

The highly prestigious Stockport Business Awards took place last October and received hundreds of applications from businesses in the Stockport Borough. Chartered accountants, Clarke Nicklin, who are the organisers, founders, and main sponsors of the event, held the first award ceremony back in 2012 at the Hallmark Hotel. The event was huge success and soon moved to the iconic Stockport Town Hall.

The 2017 awards was a sell-out event with 400 guests in attendance from businesses within the Stockport community, all with an invested interest in supporting the Stockport business network. The awards not only welcome local business people, but in the past years have attracted local celebrities, such as actor Will Mellor, best known for his roles in Hollyoaks and Two Pints of Larger and a Packet of Crisps, and former key 103 presenter and now BBC Radio Manchester presenter, Chelsea Norris, who hosted the 2016 awards. The 2017 awards were hosted by TV presenter Jenny Powell. 

The quality of applications to the 12 categories was outstanding, and the judging panel really had their work cut out, and whilst the winners were truly deserved and celebrated on the evening, lest we forget the highly commended. See below a full run down of those highly commended:

Business of the Year (Over 5m)

  • Active Flooring –
  • IMS (Euro) –

Business of the Year (1-5m)

  • Leads 2 Trade –
  • S I Sealy –

Business of the Year (up to £1m)

  • ECS Consultants –
  • Hatters Promotions –

Most Promising Business

  • Agile Automations –
  • Film My Match –

Employer of the Year

  • Julian Wadden –
  • IMS (Euro) –

Business Person of the year

  • James Atkinson – P&P Mailing –
  • Carl Hampson – Allied Bakeries –

International Business of the Year

  • Laser Quantum –
  • Nexperia –

Best Non- for-Profit Organisation

  • Pure Insight –
  • St Ann’s Hospice –

The Innovation Award

  • Glossop Cartons –
  • Life Leisure – ActiLife –

Best Creative/Design Agency  

  • Bellyflop TV –
  • Trust –

Excellence in CSR

  • SAS Daniels –
  • Stockport Homes –

Best Food & Drink Retailer

  • Rhode Island Coffee –
  • Where The Light Gets In –

Marketing manager for Clarke Nicklin, Laura Frost, has been out and about visiting each business and delivery their highly commended awards, Laura commented: “It’s great to meet so many businesses getting involved in the Stockport Business Awards and celebrating success within the community”

Jacky Sidebottom, Sales Director at Glossop Cartons said: “Entering the Stockport Business Awards was great fun, to be short listed was a great surprise and an honour. Myself and some colleagues had a fantastic night at the award ceremony, great venue, entertaining guest host, tasty meal, and the excitement of the awards made it a night to remember. To find out later we were Highly Commended was brilliant, a great moral booster for the team at Glossop Cartons. Thank you to all involved.”


The 2018 Stockport Business Awards will take place on Thursday 11th October and entries will open in April.

For any queries please contact

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Sparkling Night at The 2017 Stockport Business Awards

Stockport Business Awards 2017 took place at Stockport Town Hall last night and 400 people turned out to celebrate the achievements of the town’s best businesses.

The awards were set up by Clarke Nicklin Chartered Accountants back in 2012 and have grown year on year. 12 awards were given out in total including two new ones for this year; Best Creative Agency which went to Platform 81, and Best Food Business which went to Angkor Soul, a Cambodian restaurant based in Marple, which is 1 of only 2 Cambodian restaurants in the UK. The awards are supported by headline sponsors Gorvins Solicitors and Orbit Developments.

This year’s host was Jenny Powell who did a fantastic job of keeping the excited crowd quiet for those all-important moments. NSPCC were the chosen charity and £4,600 was raised for their “Speak out, Stay safe” service which visits primary school children in Stockport to educate them on abuse.

Andrew Baggott, Managing Partner of Clarke Nicklin chartered accountants commented; “This year’s awards ceremony was fantastic, there was a real buzz in the room and I am so pleased to see how the awards have grown since we started them. Congratulations to all of the well-deserving winners!”

The full list of winners is:

Business of the Year £5m+ – sponsored by Clarke Nicklin chartered accountants

On The Beach

Business of the Year £1-5m – sponsored by Gorvins Solicitors

Woodbank Office Solutions

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

Platform 81

Business Person of the Year – sponsored by Leemic

Nicola Ryan, Rowlinson Knitwear

Most Promising Young Business – sponsored by NatWest

AAI Global

Best Food and Drink Business – sponsored by Michelle Hay Training

Angkor Soul

Best Creative Agency – sponsored by Marketing Stockport

Platform 81

Employer of the Year Award – sponsored by SMBC and Stockport Economic Alliance

SAS Daniels

The Innovation Award – sponsored by MAN Diesel and Turbo UK

Manchester Fertility Clinic

Best International Business – sponsored by Clarke Nicklin Financial Planning


Excellence in CSR – sponsored by CDL


Best Not for Profit Organisation – sponsored by Ashcroft Creative

Millie’s Trust

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Stockport Business Awards 2017 now open for entry

It’s that time of year again; the Stockport Business Awards are back and open for entry. Last year a record number of entries were received and organisers are hoping to uncover even more successful businesses again in 2017.

Andrew Baggott, of organisers Clarke Nicklin commented: “Last year we were celebrating our fifth award ceremony, it was a fantastic evening and although I’m sure it will be difficult to top, I think we’ll manage it!

The event celebrates all that is great about business in Stockport and I’d encourage anybody to take a look at the categories and submit a nomination. There’s something for everyone and you’ve got nothing to lose by entering the awards, but everything to gain. Winners tell us that the recognition and raised profile they gained by being shortlisted for an award was great for business and great for staff too.”

The categories are:

·         Business of the Year (over £5m)

·         Business of the Year (£1-5m)

·         Business of the Year (up to £1m)

·         Most Promising Young Business

·         Business Person of the Year

·         Employer of the Year

·         International Business of the Year

·         The Innovation Award

·         Best Creative Agency

·         Best Food & Drink Retailer

·         Best Not-for-Profit Organisation

·         Excellence in CSR

 Entries open on Wednesday 5th April and it’s free and easy to apply. Just go to for entry forms and criteria.

 Stockport Business Awards are organised by businesses for businesses. The main organisers and sponsors are Clarke Nicklin Chartered Accountants and headline sponsors are Gorvins Solicitors and Orbit Developments.

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2016 awards celebrate the best of Stockport

400 of Stockport’s finest packed out the Town Hall last night for the annual Stockport Business Awards ceremony.

Stockport Business Awards, an event organised by local accountancy practice Clarke Nicklin, was celebrating its 5th year having initially been set up by the firm in 2012.

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Win a holiday at Stockport Business Awards!

Stockport Business Awards is now celebrating its 5th year having initially been set up by Clarke Nicklin in 2012. Each year organisers choose a different local cause to support and this year’s fundraising efforts will see money raised go to Francis House Children’s Hospice.

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Tickets on sale now

Stockport Business Awards 2016 takes place on Thursday 13th October in the spectacular ballroom at Stockport Town Hall, and tickets are now on sale.

The awards, organised by local accountancy practice Clarke Nicklin, are now celebrating their 5th year and the winners of all 12 categories will be announced on the night.

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