Welcome to the North West FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards! At the 2020 Awards, we crowned 12 fantastic businesses of different shapes and sizes from across various sectors of the economy. We had self-employed businesses showcase their talents alongside established larger businesses with up to 250 employees. The standard was fantastic and this year we hope to celebrate even more great businesses.
Heather Wright is a habit change specialist. She has studied the brain and human behaviour for over 20 years and now helps companies and individuals to free themselves from old habits and become their best authentic selves. She runs master classes, speaks at conferences, and is also loved as an MC.
Heather’s energy levels and wit have gained her many admirers and followers. Her personal brand is quite simply her ‘uniqueness’ She is known for her no-nonsense approach in getting to the heart of everything she does. She makes her message stick.
Simon Edmondson is in his 13th year as a membership advisor of the FSB covering the central and south Manchester areas. Having now been in business for over 30 years and a member in his own right he knew the importance of the support the FSB gives the SME community and its members, so it was an easy decision to make to join the membership team after selling a business. Simon has also been regional chair of Greater Manchester as well as the Northwest for the FSB.
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Membership Advisor for the Cheshire area. Darren has been a member of the FSB for over 18 years and has been a Membership Advisor supporting small businesses for the last 5 years.
"I love speaking to business owners who have a passion for what they do, and having the opportunity to help them on their journey"
Darren can be reached on 07772 056263 Email: Darren.email@example.com
FSB North West are hosting their Awards in the elegant Midland Hotel in Manchester, a delightful venue, steeped in history and soaked in luxury, where Rolls and Royce formed their partnership.
Awards Final Date Friday 11 March 2022
We're grateful to our headline and local sponsors who are helping us to keep the FSB Awards free to enter! Find out more about our headline sponsors here and our local sponsors below.
Aldermore Bank, backing people to fulfil life’s hopes and dreams
We champion equality by supporting the exceptions to the rule and getting finance to where it’s needed. We lend the money people save with us, to help small businesses to flourish by growing and creating employment, buying property and purchasing vehicles to get businesses moving.
Our award winning business savings accounts have consistently competitive rates combined with fast and simple account opening online for savings from £1,000.
We operate exclusively online, by phone and through networks.
Aldermore Group is part of FirstRand Group, the largest financial services group in Africa by market capitalisation.
Sky Connect is Sky’s new B2B broadband business, offering purpose-built business products, exceptional customer service and simple pricing with no hidden fees.
Targeted at small businesses, we offer ‘Connection Pro’ an automatic 4G internet back-up product and a digital phone service with more call management features than anyone else, to ensure our customers always stay connected.
Our customer service is industry-leading. Our residential Sky broadband, the second largest provider in the UK, has received fewer complaints to Ofcom over the past 10 years, on average, than any other supplier.
As part of the Comcast Group, we’re proud that the foundations for Sky Connect’s offering have been set by Comcast Business, one of the leading providers of business broadband in the United States, who serve more than 2 million customers, with over 15 years of sector experience.
Mail Metro Media, the advertising home of the UK’s most engaged newsbrands, including MailOnline, Daily Mail, Metro and i-news, reaches 1 in 5 UK adults every single day. The team provides a single point of contact across print, digital and apps, allowing advertisers easy access to the millions of consumers who engage with its brands every day.
Tyl is more than a merchant acquiring and payments solution. It was developed to bring together simple and transparent payments with market-leading technology to help businesses better serve their customers and communities.
FSB Insurance Service was launched by FSB in February 2018 as a Joint Venture, exclusively to serve FSB members. At the heart of the offering are the three key principles of delivering good advice, quality products and good value insurance services. FSB Insurance Service spends time with members to fully understand their needs, sourcing the most suitable product as a traditional insurance broker.
Since launch, FSB Insurance Service has welcomed over 45,000 members to its service and 100% of policyholders would recommend it to other members.
Our purpose is to provide great water and more for the North West. Every day, we treat, clean and supply 1.7 billion litres of water to 7 million customers. We collect and clean wastewater from over 3 million households and 200,000 businesses in the region.
Between 2020 and 2025, our operations and investment will contribute £10.5 billion to the regional economy and support over 22,500 jobs every year. This includes our management of over 56,000 hectares of catchment land that surrounds our reservoirs and our contribution to the management of around 7,000 km of rivers, over 30 bathing waters and 400 km of coastline across our region.
The triple-accredited University of Liverpool Management School is a globally connected, world leading centre for management and leadership education and research.
As a member of the research-intensive Russell Group of Universities, our research strengths are in: Entrepreneurship; Operations and Supply Chain; Sports Business; Econometrics & Big Data; and Organisational & Employee Wellbeing.
We collaborate with organisations, particularly within our regional SME community, and policy-makers using our expertise to make a real difference to business and society. This impactful research is embedded into all our teaching, from undergraduate to postgraduate level, executive and online.
Cashplus Bank is a leading UK challenger bank providing bank accounts and credit products to small businesses. The company has a 15-year track record of innovation, dedicated customer service and strong financial performance and was granted a UK bank licence in February 2021. A fintech pioneer, we offer fast, smart, simple banking services for the entrepreneurs and independent businesses that power the UK economy yet are too often overlooked by high street banks. Since 2005, we’ve created easier ways for more than 1.6m customers to pay, bank and borrow through our user-friendly platform and built a sustainable, growing business.
Lancashire Careers Hub is part of a national Hub network driven by the Careers and Enterprise company and locally through Lancashire Enterprise Partnership and Inspira which strengthens the relationship between education and business to ensure Lancashire has the future skilled workforce it needs to support its growing economy.
All the schools and colleges within Lancashire Careers Hub have a shared vision of how they will work together to improve outcomes for the young people in their area.
Lancashire Careers Hub has grown from an initial 24 schools in 2016 to one which is now inspiring 93,000 young people in 156 secondary schools, colleges and special schools across Lancashire with a primary aim to improve the career prospects of thousands of young people.