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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.

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“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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Stockport Business Awards 2021 Date Revealed

As the Stockport Business Awards was cancelled this year due to COVID-19, founders and organisers, Clarke Nicklin Chartered Accountants, are thrilled to announce the awards will be back for their 10th anniversary at Stockport Town Hall on the 30th September 2021.
The 2020 awards, due to take place in October this year, were cancelled back in May, due to ongoing uncertainty surrounding social distancing measures. However, Stockport Town Hall have confirmed that the awards can take place next year, to celebrate and champion local businesses once more.
The team are already in the process of planning and organising the awards for next year, the 2021 event is set to be an exciting and monumental year – marking ten years since Stockport Business Awards began.
Laura Frost, Marketing Manager at Clarke Nicklin, commented “It has been disappointing not being able to host this year’s event but under current circumstances we feel it was the right thing to do, the support from the business community has been incredible and we are thrilled to be planning next year’s event and making it the best yet, especially marking ten years since the first Stockport Business Awards took place. We are very much looking forward to celebrating those hardworking businesses within the borough in 2021.”
For more information regarding the awards and how your business can get involved, please email
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2020 Stockport Business Awards Cancelled

Founders and organisers, Clarke Nicklin Chartered Accountants, have made the decision to cancel the 2020 Stockport Business awards due to the current situation regarding Covid-19. Entries opened early April with the hope this year’s event could take place at Stockport Town Hall on the 08 October. However as the situation has developed and the uncertainty around venues being open, social distancing requirements if venues do open, and the variability of the situation for businesses, the event will now be postponed until 2021.

 Managing Partner of Clarke Nicklin, Andrew Baggott, commented “After ongoing discussions regarding the key factors and practicalities of hosting the 2020 Stockport Business Awards in October, and in light of the current issues being faced by all businesses with the uncertainty surrounding when things will return to some form of ‘normal’, we have taken the very difficult decision to postpone the awards until 2021. We will return stronger in 2021, as we know the wonderful Stockport business community will do, and we hope you will be there to be part of what will be an amazing event, which will also be our 10 year celebration. We would like to say a huge thank you to all our sponsors and supporters for their continued support during this time.”

To support businesses in the area the Stockport Business Awards are showcasing local businesses on Instagram, urging businesses to reach out about how they’ve adapted during this time, and giving them a platform to tell their story and promote themselves. This has already proved successful as the comments and shares have created connections by putting businesses in touch with each other to generate new business, and also to support one another. Follow @stockportbusinessawards to see more.

Laura Frost, Marketing Manager at Clarke Nicklin, commented “whilst the awards may not be taking place this year, our ethos stays the same, supporting and championing businesses in the Borough, celebrating and promoting success and achievements, and connecting businesses towards working together.” 

Watch our video HERE to see how you can get involved in supporting local.

For more information regarding the 2021 awards please contact Laura Frost

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Smart Works 2020 Charity Partner

We are delighted to reveal we have chosen Smart Works Greater Manchester (GM) as our Charity Partner for the 2020 awards.

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, Smart Works GM commented “We found out today that Smart Works Greater Manchester has been selected as Charity Partner at the Stockport Business Awards, on the same day as we analysed that 88% of the women we supported during 2019/20 got a job within a month of visiting our centre. It has been a wonderful day to remember during these challenging days. We are committed to being front and centre in the Stockport community and can’t wait to celebrate soon with all of the amazing people and organisations who exist in our local area, we thank you for thinking of us.”

Since opening their doors in Stockport in 2015, Smart Works GM have supported over 1800 women from every borough of Greater Manchester. They have just secured another five years’ in Stockport and will be celebrating their fifth birthday this year.

Laura Frost, Marketing Manager for Clarke Nicklin, commented “We’re delighted that Smart Works are our charity partner this year and are looking forward to working with them and supporting them going forward. It’s also a very exciting year for them celebrating their fifth year established in Stockport, so we’re glad to be a part of it.”

All of the Smart Works service delivery is provided by fully trained volunteers and all stock is kindly donated through other working women, or directly from Smart Works’ retail partners such as Hobbs, Next, Whistles, Evans, Marks & Spencer and John Lewis & Partners.

Smart Works GM will be attending the business awards in October and will also be fundraising on the evening. If you’re a business in Stockport and thinking about entering the awards this year, our categories are open for entry now

 For more information regarding the awards please contact

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New Charity Partner Wanted for 2020 Awards

Founders and organisers of the Stockport Business Awards, Clarke Nicklin, are once again on the hunt for a charity partner for the 2020 event. Entries are now open for charities to apply for the opportunity to partner up with the awards and benefit from all fundraising activities and proceeds from the evening. The chosen charity will 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 businesses in the area.

The Stockport Business Awards has been an iconic event within the business community of Stockport since 2012. Last Year’s chosen charity partner, Supportability, raised nearly £5000 on the evening. Becky Shorrock, Head of Fundraising at Supportability gave a compelling speech about the important work they do to improve the lives of those with complex disabilities in and around Stockport. Becky said “We’re delighted to announce that we raised £4,700 on the night! We’re absolutely overwhelmed by the support from the guests.”

Managing Partner, Andrew Baggott of Clarke Nicklin Chartered Accountants, said: “We are delighted to have supported so many amazing charities over the past eight 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”

To apply to be this year’s charity partner please contact 

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2020 Stockport Business Awards Launch and Networking Event

Organisers and founders of the Stockport Business Awards, Clarke Nicklin, will be once again hosting a launch evening for the 2020 awards. The launch evening will take place on Thursday 26th of March at Clarke Nicklin House at Cheadle Royal Business Park 6pm to 8pm where local businesses will have the chance to find out what’s in store this year, how they can get involved, and get those key dates for the diary over drinks and nibbles.

To get your tickets for the awards launch and networking evening click HERE 

The business awards, which is now in it its ninth year, will take place on Thursday 8th October at the iconic Stockport Town Hall. 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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Watch the Highlights from the 2019 Stockport Business Awards

Stockport Business Awards organisers Clarke Nicklin Chartered Accountants are delighted to showcase highlights from the 2019 Stockport Business Awards which took place in October. TV presenter, Jenny Powell, hosted the event and presented 13 awards to the winners among the Stockport Business community.

Highlights from the evening can be viewed here –



You can also view footage of the speech delivered by this year’s Charity Partner, Supportability’s, Becky Shorrock, along with some words from host Jenny Powell, Managing Partner of Clarke Nicklin, Andrew Baggott and also winners Mayfield Flooring.  

If you would like to be involved in next year’s event, please contact


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Stockport Business Awards Raise Over £4000 for Signpost’ Stockport for Carers

The Stockport Business Awards, organised by Clarke Nicklin Chartered Accountants, raised over £4000 at this year’s event for charity partner, ‘Signpost’ Stockport for Carers’, with the help of businesses in and around the Stockport region.

Andrew Baggott, Managing Partner of Clarke Nicklin, commented “We are delighted to support another remarkable Stockport charity, who I know will benefit greatly not only from the funds raised, but also by relationships made on the night. Businesses in and around the region showed their generosity once again by donating an selection of raffle prizes such as iPads, restaurant vouchers, Hampers and more”.

Signpost Stockport for Carers supports anyone over the age of six years old, who is providing unpaid care for a friend, relative, partner or neighbour. This may be a parent with dementia, an adult with down’s syndrome, a partner with motor neurone disease or a sibling with autism.

One in six Stockport residents care, unpaid, for a loved one that could not manage without their support. That’s more than 32,000 people – colleagues, neighbours, friends and relatives – juggling a very physically demanding and emotional role alongside all of their other commitments.

Julia Hewer, Deputy Director at Signpost Stockport for Carers adds “We were absolutely thrilled to be the charity partner of the 2018 Stockport Business Awards. The generous donations made on the night will enable more of our Borough’s unpaid carers to get a valuable break. The Awards have also given our charity an invaluable opportunity to connect with local businesses and we look forward to working with them over the coming months to support their customers and employees that also have a caring role”.

See the truly inspirational speech from Julia from the awards evening here 


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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