Under the wings of British Airways Concorde, family businesses across the North West of England came together on 6 March to celebrate their achievements and check out the competition. And with 192 entries across 11 categories, the competition was tough.
Demonstrating the sheer spectrum of family businesses in the North West, nominees at the North West Family Business Awards ranged from a “cow to cone” milking parlour, vegetarian puppet theatre, and major transport and construction businesses.
With high energy fiddler Richard Sanderson leaping from chair to chair, nominees decked out in head-to-toe sparkling rhinestones, and the ever-present wings of the Concorde, the energy behind the North West’s top performing family businesses was palpable.
Sue Howorth, founder of the Family Business Network and the North West Family Business Awards, said: “Response from the business sector and the public has been fantastic for this inaugural event.” She added that support from the public was “outstanding” with “4,530 votes for the People’s Choice Award and over 3,350 for Employee of the Year.”
Be the Business was proud to sponsor the Non-family Leader of the Year award which went to Marnie Millard OBE of Nicholls Plc. Other big winners on the night were Partington’s Holiday Centres for Family Business of the Year and Mark Porter of Higginsons of Grange for Employee of the Year.
Winners of The North West Family Business Awards 2020 are:
Business & Community: Stan Sherlock Associates Ltd
Property & Construction: Story Decorating Group Ltd
Emerging Family Business: The Milking Parlour
Food and Drink Establishments: Atkinsons Coffee Roasters – J Atkinson & Co
Food and Drink Producers: Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses
Wholesalers: Dunsters Farm Ltd
Retailers: Bluebell Fitted Furniture
Large Manufacturing & Engineering: George Cox & Sons Ltd
Small Manufacturing & Engineering: First Trace Heating Direct Ltd
Transport & Logistics: Spencer Graham Coaches Ltd
Large Leisure & Tourism: Partington’s Holiday Centres
Small leisure & Tourism: Upfront Arts Venue
Science & Technology: Kendal Nutricare
Cumbria: – Penningtons Tea & Coffee and Choose Occupational Health as there was a tie-breaker in the scores.
Lancashire: Pendle Doors Ltd
Cheshire: Compassionate Care
Merseyside: – JJ Smith & Co (Woodworking Machinery) Ltd
Greater Manchester: Direct 2 Florist
Non-Family Leader: Marnie Millard OBE of Nichols PLC
Judges Award: JJ Smith & Co (Woodworking Machinery) Ltd
Employee of the Year: Mark Porter of Higginsons of Grange
North West Family Business of the Year: Partington’s Holiday Centres
Discover more about the North West Family Business Awards here.