A Few Words From Previous Winners...

We were absolutely delighted and honoured to be recognised as the winner of the Large Business Award Category at the 2019 Stockport Business Awards. As a business that started in a converted garage in Hazel Grove, we have always been hugely passionate and proud of our Stockport roots and it was an extremely proud evening for all of the staff, past and present, for musicMagpie to receive such fantastic recognition of our achievements in growing to now be the UK’s largest mobile phone recycler and the largest seller in the world in the history of both Amazon and eBay. Thank you for organising such a brilliant evening and event, which was an enjoyable and superbly organised affair from start to finish

– Steve Oliver, CEO, musicMagpie

Everyone at Smart Works Greater Manchester is delighted with our award as Best Not-For-Profit Organisation in this year’s Stockport Business Awards. Born and bred in Stockport, we provide invaluable and free support to unemployed women who have a job interview. We support them with styling advice, an interview outfit ( theirs to keep) and interview coaching.  In the last 12 months our wonderful team of more than 40 volunteers and 3 employees have helped over 100 women from Stockport along with many others from across the North West.  The local recognition from the Stockport Business Awards is a fantastic way to celebrate the amazing work our team do and the very welcome support we receive from local organisations. We were impressed by the whole awards process and particularly the well organised and fun filled awards event at the amazing Town Hall which enabled us to celebrate our award with many of our Stockport friends. Thanks to everyone involved in the awards and the event.

– Alison Lever, Trustee, Smart Works

To be shortlisted for THE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR TURNOVER 1-5 MILLION was simply brilliant considering the amount of top-quality businesses who entered and the broad nature of the category. To actually win was amazing! We have never entered Stockport Business Awards and to win the category makes us all feel so proud.  It is a tremendous acknowledgment of what we are doing and our plans for the future.  In nearly what is pushing 40 years of trading this has to be up there with one of our best moments.  The awards evening was fabulous, very well organised, a very special event showcasing business in Stockport.

 – Anthony Francis, Managing Director, Mayfield Floors

Stockport Business Awards is a permanent fixture on Rowlinson’s events calendar. The Awards provide the ultimate opportunity to celebrate the very best organisations and their achievements across Stockport, signalling the importance of our thriving business community. We are very proud to be awarded “Employer of the Year 2018”, as it acknowledges our ongoing commitment to become a great place to work in Stockport. We look forward to the 2019 Awards!

 – Carrie Hamer, Marketing Manager, Rowlinson Knitwear

Starkey Hearing Technologies are thrilled to win The 2018 Innovation Award. The Stockport Business Awards celebrates the highly talented range of businesses in our area with an incredible mix of established global brands and innovative emerging companies. It’s wonderful for everyone in the Starkey UK team to be recognised in our hometown for their dedication in being innovators in all corners of our business.

 – Suzie Bryant, Marketing Manager, Starkey Hearing Technologies

In the last twelve months Seashell Trust has further extended its work in Stockport and beyond.  More families and their children with complex needs are now benefitting from our expertise than ever before.  From multi-sensory impaired babies and infants in Stockport accessing our innovative Stay and Play scheme, disabled and non-disabled children regularly attending our CADS sports camps, through to parents and caring receiving advice via our Family Services programme.” 

“Under the leadership of new CEO, Jolanta McCall, Seashell has a very bright future ahead of it

 – Julie Besbrode, Director and Trustee at Seashell Trust 

We were over the moon to find out we had won the 2018 Best food and Drink Business Award this year. The event and awards were so well run and we cannot wait to start making the most of the accolade, I’m sure it will do great things for our business.

-Kate Evans, Almond Family Pubs 

All at Glossop Cartons are delighted to win the 2018 Business of the Year (over £5m) award, which is testament to all our hard work and the tenacity of our entire team.  The award is not only hugely satisfying but also very motivational, and as such will help to propel our business forward to even bigger and better things.

-Jacky Sidebottom, Glossop Cartons 

We were thrilled to win the Best Food & Drink Retailer Award at the 2017 Stockport Business Awards. The whole team has put in so much hard work over the past couple of years and they deserve to win. We are really proud of everyone. The awards evening was a great success! It was a very professional and well organised. We had a great time and we are looking forward to the next one.

-Dan Lighten, Angkor Soul

Rowlinson Knitwear is a keen supporter of the awards, because they recognise the achievements of organisations that make Stockport a thriving and dynamic business community. It was a huge honour to have won Business Person of the Year at the 2017 awards. I was overwhelmed and delighted to have won, not only for the personal acknowledgement of my accomplishments, but for the entire Rowlinson team who have supported the business on its journey to be successful.

-Nicola Ryan, Head of People Services, Rowlinson Knitwear

Winning Business of the Year £5m+ at The 2017 Stockport Business Awards was a huge achievement for On the Beach. The awards showcased some truly incredible businesses across the region and we couldn’t be happier to have been a part of the night.

-Emily Whitehouse, Retail Marketing Manager, On The Beach

There are times when you can briefly stop to take stock on what you have achieved along the way. Stockport Business Awards, allowed us to do just that. To be shortlisted alongside other top performing companies from our wonderful town, Stockport, is something we are extremely proud of. But to win, was absolutely amazing! A huge well done to everyone involved. We’re incredibly proud to win Business of the Year £1-5m, not only because in our 30-year history, we’ve never entered ANY awards before, but also, it’s a tremendous acknowledgement of our commitment to providing the very best customer service to each and every one of our customers, no matter what it takes.

– Janet Bowden, Founding Director, Woodbank Office Solutions

 Winning the Most promising new business Award at the 2017 Stockport Business Awards was an extremely proud moment for all staff at AAI Global Ltd. Having been involved in the 2016 Awards and coming runner up we were delighted to come away with the award this year which is much deserved recognition to the team at AAI. It was a fantastic evening as usual with a big thanks to the sponsors for making it a special night showcasing business in Stockport.

-Darren Cobb, Group Director, AAI Group

We were thrilled to be shortlisted and then win at this year’s SBA2019. The award is not only fantastic recognition for our business and the hard work and dedication of our team, it is also fantastic to be part of the thriving Business and Foodie scene of Stockport and this is a fantastic way to showcase the changing face the Town. Every element of the event from the social media coverage, the venue and the enthusiasm of the organisers and good spirit of the evening from all nominees was something we will never forget!

Silver Apples Bakery 

Winning our Business of the Year award has been one of our proudest achievements in 2019. Born and Bred 36 years ago within the Stockport community, to be recognised as one of the cream of the crop within the choice of local businesses, has been incredible. The awards have not only raised our profile but have also been a fantastic motivator for the team to receive recognition for their efforts. We attend a number of events each year across the UK, and Stockport Business Awards was by far one of the best organised events, and we will definitely be back again next year.

Lauren Rowlands, Associate Director, Realty Management 

Hot Lotus were thrilled to win Most Promising Young Business at the 2019 Stockport Business awards. To win against such stiff competition was amazing as there are so many successful and talented upcoming businesses in Stockport and it’s great that Stockport Business awards provides a forum to celebrate success in our community. We are proud of our Stockport heritage and the well-being hub we have created for our local community which brings together a real diverse range of people and this award is the icing on the cake.

– Heidi Sanderson, Hot Lotus Yoga

We were delighted to win the Innovation & Enterprise Award at the 2019 Stockport Business Awards. As a business we are extremely dedicated to investing in local Apprentices, developing their skills and investing in their futures. Winning this award was a huge recognition for the team here at Vodat and we were very proud to be part of the event

 – Emma Robinson, Marketing Manager, Vodat International 


Winning the Innovation Award at the 2017 Stockport Business Awards really does help to position Manchester Fertility in line with other amazing Stockport-based organisations. It is also recognition for our talented team of experts, and for the endless hard work and commitment they all put into every patient to enhance their experience. The award ceremony was a fantastic evening; fun, exciting and a great occasion to network with so many talented local businesses – we had an amazing evening, so thanks to the team for all your hard work.

-Ian Parker, Marketing Manager, Manchester Fertility 

It was great to win the award and really appreciated by the team. It was fantastic to get that recognition after all the hard work put in by everyone!


We won Business of the Year and Business Person of the Year at the Stockport Business Awards in 2014. The awards had a significant impact on our local profile, and also opened up several opportunities – both for us in terms of clients, but also for connecting with other organisations within the local area. A good example would be our fundraising partnership with the charity Together Trust, whom we met at the Awards. In addition, actually winning the awards had a more intangible impact on us as a company; it’s a great feeling to be recognised by your peers for your success, and awards such as this are an opportunity to really highlight the impact and involvement that every member of staff has throughout the company, and to celebrate those contributions.

-DJS Research

The SBA award night was a fabulous occasion with a genuine sense of excitement. The Premier team of 4 along with 2 guests from USA had a fantastic time .The added bonus was of course  winning the International Business of the Year award. The award has given a real sense of recognition to our hard working Premier Team .We have also been contacted by several of our customers and business partners offering congratulations. There is no doubt that this award has boosted our social media profile and been a great talking point.

-Premier Textiles

It was a great accolade for our Co-founder and Chairman, Tom Hogg, to win a Special Recognition award for his outstanding contribution to the Stockport business community. We were delighted to see his investment in the borough recognised in this way, and in particular his commitment to creating employment and training opportunities for local people.

The resulting PR has helped to raise Stockport’s profile as a growing technology hub, signposting our new state-of-the-art campus and cementing CDL’s reputation as an employer of choice in the region.


Winning the 2016 Stockport Business Award for Best Not For Profit Organisation has been immensely beneficial for Seashell Trust.  The award itself brings with it great kudos.  It demonstrates to our many supporters, both in the business community and amongst the wider Stockport community, that Seashell is a leader in the not-for-profit sector.  This is vital for Seashell because, as a charity, people place great trust in us and our work.  

Affirmation from business peers that Seashell Trust is at the top of its game is real recognition for the work we do with extremely vulnerable children and young people and a sign of how well we run our business which employs over 450 people.

-Seashell Trust

Another fantastic evening for Stockport Business Awards 2018! An incredibly well-organised event at a great venue, the evening really captures what the Stockport is all about – a thriving and supportive business community sharing each other’s successes and celebrating the achievements of some truly innovative and inspiring organisations.

 – Caroline Patten, Operations Director, Grassroots Recruitment