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Stockport Business Awards Now Open for Entry!

The 2019 Stockport Business Awards, organised and founded by Clarke Nicklin Chartered Accountants, are now officially open for entry. This year there are 13 categories for businesses in the borough to apply for, businesses can apply for as many as they like and its free to enter. See below the full list of categories.

 To apply for any of this year’s awards click HERE where you can apply online. Entries will close on Friday 21st June 2019.

The Stockport Business Awards will take place on Thursday 10th October 2019 at Stockport Town Hall. For more information about this year’s Stockport Business Awards  contact

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Stockport Business Awards Officially Launched!

On Thursday evening, organisers and main sponsors Clarke Nicklin, held an event to officially launch the 2019 Stockport Business Awards. The event was held at Stockport Homes Cornerstone Building and over 80 people attended. Guests had the opportunity to network with people within Stockport’s business community and hear all about the changes that are coming this year.

Business Development Director, Ben Poland, and Marketing Manager, Laura Frost, from Clarke Nicklin, presented updates of what to expect this year. The key announcements were as follows:

New Logo and website – The branding has had a refresh and the website has been engineered so applications can be filled out online, saved and continued at a later date on another device, and submitted through the website once completed. Entrants will also have the ability to upload documents and send videos.

New Categories – Three new categories have been added to the mix this year; Family Business of the Year, The Marketing Award, and the Rising Star Award. Click HERE Entries will open on the 1st April.

New Sponsors – The awards continue to receive ongoing support from Headline sponsors, Gorvins Solicitors, and are joined this year by new headline sponsor, Handelsbanken. New category sponsors for 2019 include Kast Energy Technologies, Damar Training, Rowlinson Knitwear, Platform 81, and Grassroots Recruitment, who will joining ongoing sponsors CDL, Marketing Stockport, Ashcroft Creative, SMBC and Stockport Economic Alliance.

Managing Partner of Clarke Nicklin, Andrew Baggott, commented “A fantastic turn out to this year’s launch evening, it was great to see some familiar faces, but also to see new businesses coming along. The event is growing year on year and the support from the Stockport community is stronger than ever eight years on”.

The Stockport Business Awards will take place on Thursday 10th October 2019 at Stockport Town Hall. For more information contact

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Stockport Business Awards Launch Party Announced

Founders and organisers of the Stockport Business Awards, Clarke Nicklin, will be holding an evening event to launch the this years Stockport Business Awards. The launch event will take place at Stockport Homes Cornerstone building on Thursday 21st March 6-8pm. 

On the evening, guest will have the opportunity to network with businesses from the borough over a drink and a nibble, and hear the latest updates from this years awards, including new sponsors, new categories and even a new look.

Marketing manager for Clarke Nicklin, Laura Frost, said “This is a fantastic opportunity for businesses to come and hear about the changes coming this year, how they can get involved, and get those key dates for the diary! It’s our Eighth year this year and we have some great new sponsors supporting this year’s event” 

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Watch the Highlights from this Year’s Stockport Business Awards

Three weeks Clarke Nicklin Chartered Accountants organised the seventh Stockport Business Awards held at the iconic Stockport Town Hall, where over 350 people attended to celebrate the success and achievements of the region’s best businesses.

TV presenter, Jenny Powell, hosted the awards for the second year running and SignPost Stockport for Carers raised over £4000 on the night, which will help support carers in the community.

The full highlights from the evening can now be seen here…

View the full list of winners HERE 

If you would like any more information about the awards, or if you would be interested in sponsoring or entering next year’s awards please email

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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.

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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