Winners of the Salford Business Awards 2017 announced
Online fashion brand Public Desire won 'Large Business of the Year' at this year’s Salford Business Awards.
The Swinton based company has experienced a phenomenal growth and continued global expansion by using social media to promote its products. With over a million followers across the brand's social media channels, it is on course to becoming a leader in fast fashion within the global arena.
And Ladybird Private Day Nursery was awarded 'Small Business of the Year'. The Eccles based nursery which is managed by a team with over 35 years’ experience in childcare, is committed to providing high quality childcare and education to the local community. The team were also triumphant in winning the award for 'Best Employer'.
The Awards, now in its tenth year, is an annual event organised in partnership between the University of Salford, The Business Group and Salford City Council. They provide an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the successes of Salford-based businesses over the last twelve months. Eight awards are offered which are sponsored by local businesses and support providers.
Businesses of all sizes and across different sectors competed to win the coveted 'Small Business of the Year' and 'Large Business of the Year' awards, which are awarded to businesses that have shown excellence and outstanding achievements in all aspects of their operations.
Other winners included Creamline Dairies, Kingsland Drinks and MyManu who were winners of the Rising Star Award.
Winners from the eight award categories were honoured at a glittering ceremony, hosted by footballer turned entrepreneur Gary Neville at the AJ Bell Stadium on 25 May.
Joanne Purves, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for International and Regional Partnerships at the University of Salford, said: “As someone who is new to Manchester and Salford I have been humbled this week by the reaction to the terrorist attack on Monday evening. The sense of pride and loyalty in the region is far stronger than any terrorist’s weapons.
“I am also really struck by the ambition, success and pioneering approach of the Salford business community.
“It is well known that the University of Salford was born out of the industrial revolution, its very mission to serve the needs of the business and people of this region – to be the catalyst in providing the skilled workforce employers needed.
“To this end we are as keen as ever to work with business in the city and beyond to help both them and our students reach their full potential.”
City Mayor Paul Dennett congratulated all the businesses which took part in the awards and said: “These awards show the range of successful businesses operating from Salford which is currently out performing London in the number of businesses choosing to start up here.
“Everyone in these fantastic firms should be very proud of the work they do in bringing good jobs to Salford and providing great products and services.”
Paul Wainwright, chair, The Business Group said: “When we created the awards ten years ago, our aim was to provide a platform for sharing success and celebrating the achievements of Salford-based businesses. We were overwhelmed by the quality and diversity of entries this year and were impressed by the hard work and dedication of the entrants, many of whom we had the privilege of meeting during the judging process. I’d like to congratulate the winners and all of the applicants and thank our sponsors for helping to make our tenth anniversary a success.”