Salters Den 2017 WinnerCouncillor Brian Clarke – Cheshire West and Chester Council, Claire Morley – NatWest, Andy Webster & Amanda Lund – Tots Tower and Chris Smith – Howard Worth
The Salters Den competition was launched three years ago to find the most exciting new business or business idea in the Northwich and Winsford area and to reward the winner with a prize of cash and expert business advice.
The competition is run in partnership with Howard Worth Chartered Accountants and business advisors, Mosshaselhurst Solicitors, NatWest, and Cheshire West and Chester Council.
This year saw the largest number of entries to the competition to-date, with almost double the number compared to last year.
Winner of the £2,500 cash first prize and 12 months financial and legal mentoring is Tots Tower.
Tots Tower is a play area specifically designed for children aged 5 and under. The business was founded by couple Amanda Lund and her partner Andy Webster after they found a gap in the children’s play area market.
Their daughter was born prematurely and they found taking her to play centres was problematic. Their daughter experienced physical delay as she was born 14 weeks early. When surrounded by larger and older children she was often at risk of being accidently push over and injured.
Amanda said “I was completely shocked when I received the call to say that the business had won the competition. The prize money will help us to improve and enhance the play facilities and make the time the children spend on site even better.”
Salters Den will return in 2018.
Helen targets her next challenge after raising £5,000
A lawyer with a passion for fundraising has raised £5,000 for two charities close to her heart after completing her toughest challenge yet.
Helen Watson, who is a partner and head of employment law at Chester-based legal firm Aaron & Partners LLP, took six days to cover the 400-miles and had to contend with temperatures of up to 37 degrees.
Helen, who is also chair of the Institute of Directors-North Wales, was joined by a group of 40 other women for the challenge, which saw her complete the entire ride on a mountain bike.
She said: “It was an incredible challenge for us all but one that was ultimately so rewarding. The cycle up the dusty hills to see Christ the Redeemer was tough but undoubtedly one of the most magical moments of the trip.
I love these challenges and we’re raising so much money for fantastic causes so there’s no way I’ll be stopping now. We’re already planning what we can do next.”
Ecommerce Business of the Year
Cheshire business, School Style Ltd, has been named as “E-commerce Business of the Year” by the Federation of Small Businesses.
Managing director, Anthony Lawson, collected the award at the 2017 annual awards ceremony run by The FSB Manchester and North Cheshire at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester.
In deciding to give the award to School Style the judging panel commented that they were impressed with the business model that makes uniform supply so easy for parents and schools.
They liked the way that investment in technology is applied to ensure quick processing and despatch of orders.
Started in 2008, the company provides schools across the UK with plain and embroidered school uniforms as well as school bags and other accessories.
Based in Middlewich and Winsford the business operates online through its website at www.myschoolstyle.com providing schools with their own branded online uniform shops with deliveries made direct to homes.
Anthony said: “it is great award to receive recognition for the investment and hard work over the years. When we started out we were being quite disruptive in what was rather a traditional industry.
However, the market place has evolved quickly and now there is quite a bit of choice including the big supermarket chains.”
Gillian celebrates more than 30 years of dedicated servicePeter Molloy – managing director for Metro Rod, Kevin Waltho – Gill’s partner, Gill, Stephen Hemsley – chairman of Franchise Brands (Metro Rod’s parent company).
Local businesswoman and co-founder of Macclesfield-based Metro Rod, Gillian Walker, has been honoured for her fantastic contribution to not only the business, but also the franchising community, at Metro Rod’s annual conference and awards dinner.
Having started the business from her home in Macclesfield back in 1983, the drainage repair and maintenance company expanded rapidly by franchising territories across the UK, and now has more than 40 franchisees nationwide.
The Central Support Centre, now based on Tytherington Business Park in Macclesfield, employs more than 120 local people with a further 350 employed nationally.
The tribute was given in front of almost all the franchisees in the network, at 5* resort, The Celtic Manor, by Peter Molloy – managing director of Metro Rod, who has worked with Gill for the last 14 years.
“It has truly been an honour to work alongside Gill – she knows the business inside out and gives her all to helping the franchisees achieve their best. I’ve learnt a huge amount and hope she will be a regular visitor to the Macclesfield offices, as she will be hugely missed by the staff and franchisees alike.”
Jobs joy for first locals to land roles working on £1bn airport transformation
An 18-year-old construction pro, a sports-mad plasterer and an aviation studies student are among the first people to land jobs working on the transformation of Manchester Airport.
Work started on the £1bn project – the largest infrastructure scheme in the North – earlier this year, with 1,500 new jobs set to be created.
The Airport’s on-site academy joined forces with main contractor Laing O’Rourke to deliver a specially-tailored course for those wanting to work on the scheme.
Now, the first cohort of students, who range in age, background and experience, have secured roles working on the transformation and will start on site in the New Year. All live locally and were out of full-time work before being given the opportunity.
Overseeing the graduation was Manchester Airport’s CEO Andrew Cowan: “Our investment in Manchester Airport will give the North the world class international gateway it deserves.
It will also do a huge amount to boost the regional economy by creating jobs, tackling local unemployment and driving up skill levels.”
The best of the North-West
John Mckenzie, a hypnotherapist, who has clinics based in Northwich and Hale, has been awarded the prestigious Cheshire & SME Excellence Award for Alternative Insomnia Therapy 2017.
The North-West Enterprise Awards 2017 are designed to seek out the best firms and individuals in the region and celebrate their innovation, client care and performance over the previous twelve months.
John said: “I am extremely honoured to receive this award in recognition of all the work that I do with people around their sleep issues and insomnia. I have an amazing success rate working with individuals on a one to one basis, resolving their issues and allowing them to get on with their everyday lives.” www.johnmckenziehypnotherapist.co.uk