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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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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

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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