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Stockport Business Awards’ 10-year anniversary a sell-out success

Less than two months ago, founders and organisers, Clarke Nicklin Chartered Accountants, hosted a night to remember at the Stockport Business Awards for their 10-year anniversary, held at the newly refurbished 1883 conference suite at Edgeley Park.

The evening celebrated many successes, from raising over £3000 between the charity partners, Smart Works and Stockport NHS Charity, to a special mention to Stockport Council for supporting local businesses during the pandemic, and to the businesses who won on the evening.

Steve Oliver, CEO and Co-Founder of musicMagpie who were one of the main sponsors and presented the Corporate Social Responsibility award this year, commented:

‘It was fantastic to be back at the Stockport Business Awards this year and celebrating the best achievements and successes for businesses of all size in the town, having experienced such a challenging period during the pandemic. The awards are always a brilliant night and have become an absolute highlight of the social and business calendar over recent years – see you there next year!’

Liam Connors from GC Business Growth Hub who sponsored the Employer of the Year Award added:

‘GC Business Growth Hub are immensely proud to have been a category sponsor and to celebrate the successes of Stockport businesses at the 10th Stockport Business Awards. A huge congratulations to all of the winners and those who were nominated, as well as a big thank you to Alice and the team at Clarke Nicklin for hosting a fantastic event.’

Stockport Business Awards 2022 Launch Party date will be announced early next year – if you’d like to attend and find out more information about how to apply for next year’s business awards or to sponsor the event, please contact Clarke Nicklin Marketing Executive, Alice Atkinson.

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10th Stockport Business Awards raise over £3000 for charity partners

Generous donations from attendees at the 10th Stockport Business Awards on 30th September 2020 have helped raise over £3000 for charity partners, Smart Works and Stockport NHS Charity.

Founders and organisers of the awards, Clarke Nicklin Chartered Accountants, have confirmed the amount be split between the two organisations, which includes the £1050 raised in the auction of a Mulberry bag, kindly donated by Smart Works for the event.

Smart Works were originally chosen to be the 2020 charity partner but due to the pandemic, the awards were cancelled until 2021 for Stockport Business Awards’ 10th anniversary. Not only do Smart Works provide high quality interview clothes to women in need, but they also offer invaluable training and styling advice which give women the confidence and self-belief to succeed at their interview and, ultimately, transform their life.

Alison Lever, Trustee at Smart Works, commented:

“It was a huge honour to be a Charity Partner at the 10th Stockport Business Awards and to have an opportunity to update the local business community on the Smart Works’ support for unemployed women looking for work. We are very grateful for the generosity of everyone attending the awards. We rely on donations and grants to keep the doors of our Stockport Centre open and will be using the funds raised to continue to help more job seekers to ‘Get the Clothes, Get the Confidence, Get the Job’.”

Stockport NHS Charity exists to improve the health and wellbeing of patients by delivering services above and beyond ordinary standards. Fundraising helps them to achieve this through enhanced medical equipment, improved staff performance, development and wellbeing and advanced research programmes.

John Graham, Director of Finance and Deputy Chief Executive for Stockport NHS Foundation Trust added:

“We are very grateful for the generous donation which our Stockport NHS Charity has received from Stockport Business Awards. This money will go towards various wellbeing projects for our staff to support their own health as they care for others. A huge thank you to all who donated.”

Charity partner applications for Stockport Business Awards 2022 will open at the start of next year, and organisations can register their interest and receive updates by contacting Clarke Nicklin Marketing Executive, Alice Atkinson.

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Our 2021 Winners Revealed!

Last night Clarke Nicklin Chartered Accountants organised the 10th anniversary of Stockport Business Awards held at the newly refurbished Edgeley Park. Over 380 people were in attendance at the black-tie awards dinner to celebrate the success and achievements of the regions finest.

After the awards were postponed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, TV presenter, Jenny Powell, was back for another year after 23 months to host the awards for the fourth year and did a fantastic job of keeping the excited crowd engaged for those all-important moments. The two charity partners this year, Smart Works and NHS Stockport Charity raised over £3000 on the evening.

Andrew Baggott, Managing Partner of Clarke Nicklin Chartered Accountants commented; “Our 10th anniversary did not disappoint – after last year was postponed, it was clear everyone was ready to celebrate with each other, and the room was an extremely vibrant and positive chance for Stockport businesses to reflect on how far they have come the past two years. We are grateful that every year we continue to find and are able to highlight the great businesses that Stockport has to offer.”

The winners of this Year’s Stockport Business Awards are:

Taste of Stockport – Sponsored by Clarke Nicklin Chartered Accountants
Stockport Gin

Best Creative/Digital Agency – Sponsored by Ashcrofts
Dawn Creative

Marketing Team of the Year – Sponsored by Marketing Stockport

The Corporate Social Responsibility Award – Sponsored by musicMagpie

The Innovation Award – Sponsored by Stockport Council & Stockport Economic Alliance
Starkey Hearing

Most Promising Young Business – Sponsored by Sage
Stockport Gin

Employer of the Year – Sponsored by Business Growth Hub
Allied Bakeries

Best Not-for-Profit Organisation – Sponsored by Three Sixty
Beacon Counselling

Family Business of the Year – Sponsored by Clarke Nicklin Chartered Accountants
John Delany Motors

The Stockport Award – Sponsored by Edgeley Park
Totally Stockport

Business of the Year (up to £1m) – Sponsored by Mayfield Floors
Silver Apples Bakery

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

Business of the Year (over £5m) – Sponsored by Clarke Nicklin Chartered Accountants
Pioneer Group

Congratulations to all the winners!

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

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Sponsor Spotlight – Headline Sponsors – Gorvins

This week’s Sponsor Spotlight is our headline sponsors sponsoring the Business of the Year (Turnover £1-£5million) Gorvins Solicitors. We are proud to say Gorvins have supported and sponsored Stockport Business Awards since we first begun, making this year their 10th year of being sponsors. Check out what they had to say about sponsoring our 10th anniversary below.

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Check out our other Sponsor Spotlights here.

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Sponsor Spotlight – Organisers and Main Sponsors – Clarke Nicklin

This week’s #SponsorSpotlight features founders, organisers and main sponsors of the awards, Clarke Nicklin. Managing Partner of Clarke Nicklin, Andrew Baggott, explains in this video just how far the Stockport Business Awards have came within the past 10-12 years in the making. And it’s only getting stronger, bigger and better than ever!

Clarke Nicklin Chartered Accountants are based in Cheadle, Stockport. Servicing clients all over the UK and internationally, the team offer a range of services to help businesses reach their goals.

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The Stockport Award Sponsored by Edgeley Park

This week’s Sponsor Spotlight belongs to Edgeley Park – Stockport’s premier conference & events venue. Edgeley Park is one of the most historic sports stadiums in the country, holding many memorable moments for generations of County fans, as well as the Stockport community.

Therefore, it is very apt that Edgeley Park are sponsoring our Stockport Award – championing all things Stockport.


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Stockport NHS Charity Elated to Be A 2021 Charity Partner

The second of our 2021 Charity Partner’s this year is Stockport NHS Charity. Stockport NHS Charity work to help patients get better quicker and experience the best possible care through well-trained staff and advanced equipment. Here’s what charity manager, Jenny, had to say:

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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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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: