The shortlist has been announced for Stockport Business Awards 2017. The awards, now in their 6th year, were set up by Clarke Nicklin Chartered Accountants back in 2012 to recognise and reward business excellence in the town.

Judging took place at headline sponsor Orbit Development’s Beckwith House property last week, and the panel was made up of 9 local business people including representatives from other headline sponsor Gorvins Solicitors.

Chelsea Maher, Marketing Manager at Clarke Nicklin, commented; “The quality in entries this year was the highest it’s ever been which was great to see. I think that’s a really positive reflection of the vibrancy of local businesses and the success they’re currently experiencing.

Judging day is always a tough one, and this year it was harder than ever, the panel really had their work cut out! We’d like to thank everybody who entered for taking the time to engage with the process, and congratulate the shortlisted companies on making it to this stage. Best of luck to everyone for the night!”

Winners will be announced at a Black-Tie dinner at Stockport Town Hall on 12th October which 400 of Stockport’s finest will attend.

The full shortlist is:

Business of the Year (over £5m)

Active Flooring Solutions
IMS (Euro)
On the Beach

Business of the Year (£1-5m)

Leads 2 Trade
S I Sealy
Woodbank Office Solutions

Business of the Year (up to £1m)

ECS Consultants
Hatters Promotions
Platform 81

Most Promising Young Business

AAI Group
Agile Automations
Film My Match

Employer of the Year

IMS (Euro)
Julian Wadden
SAS Daniels

Business Person of the Year

Carl Hampson, Allied Bakeries
James Atkinson, P&P Mailing and Distribution
Nicola Ryan, Rowlinson Knitwear

International Business of the Year

Laser Quantum
NXP Semiconductors

Best Not-for-Profit Organisation

Millies Trust
Pure Insight
St Anns Hospice

The Innovation Award

Glossop Cartons
Life Leisure, ActiLife
Manchester Fertility Clinic

Best Creative/Design Agency

Bellyflop TV
Platform 81

Excellence in CSR

SAS Daniels
Stockport Homes

Best Food & Drink Retailer

Angkor Soul
Rhode Island Coffee
Where The Light Gets In