2015 Salford Business Award Winners

Posted on Friday, May 22nd 2015 at 8:59 am

At the eighth annual awards, Weaste based T & K Gallagher scooped the Large Business of the Year Award. The company deliver and maintain essential water, gas and electricity cables that enable us to heat and light homes, hospitals and workplaces.

The judging panel were overwhelmed by T & K Gallagher’s innovation and growth over the past year which has seen high staff retention rates, first class customer service and a number of innovations at every level throughout the organisation. Judges noted that the company excelled in all areas of business.

The awards were split across eight categories and saw 32 businesses battle it out to be crowned winners at the TalkTalk Technology sponsored event held at the AJ Bell Stadium on Thursday 21st May.

Return on Digital, a leading digital marketing agency, were awarded Small Business of the Year. From a sole trader, set up in 2008, Return have grown to become an award-winning, market-leading agency with a team of some of the brightest digital minds in Europe. Their aim is to maximise their clients’ return on digital marketing.

My Parcel Delivery won the Online and Entrepreneur Award, Unlimited Potential received the Innovation Award and the Green Award went to Start Creative.

Manchester and Cheshire Construction walked away with the Excellence Award and Best Employer, the Community Award went to New Roots and Ladybird Private Day Nurseries won the Rising Star Award.

The prestigious event, hosted by BAFTA award-winning journalist Elaine Willcox, was attended by 370 guests who enjoyed an after-dinner speech from Paul Mason, economics editor at Channel 4 News.

University of Salford Vice-Chancellor, Professor Helen Marshall, commented: “We would like to wholeheartedly congratulate all the winners and runners up. Winning an award is a worthy recognition of their hard work and determination. We are proud to support the awards which are a fantastic celebration of the dynamic and growing business community in Salford.”

Paul Wainwright, chair, The Business Group Salford said: “This year’s awards have seen our highest number of entries and have been the most competitive yet. It has been a difficult task but a great privilege to be a part of the judging panel and it is clear that Salford has a huge number of diverse, innovative and thriving businesses of which the City can be immensely proud. I’d like to congratulate the winners and all of the entrants for making this the most successful awards yet.”

Salford City Mayor, Ian Stewart, said: “The awards are a chance to celebrate the achievements of Salford businesses and we are extremely proud of them, a big public thank you goes out to them all.

They are setting extremely high standards and create jobs, encourage growth and help in the transformation of this dynamic, thriving city.

I was particularly proud to see so many social enterprises recognised at the Salford Business Awards as Salford is now officially a Social Enterprise City.”

Full list of the 2015 winners and runners-up:

Business of the Year Award sponsored by TalkTalk Technology

– Large Business of the Year: T & K Gallagher
– Small Business of the Year: Return on Digital

Online Business Award supported by Business Growth Hub

– Winner: My Parcel Delivery
– Runner-up: Public Desire

Innovation Award sponsored by University of Salford

– Winner: Unlimited Potential
– Runner-up: T & K Gallagher

Green Award sponsored by ENER-G

– Winner: Start Creative
– Runner-up: Uni-Cycle

Excellence Award sponsored by Cuckoo

– Winner: Manchester and Cheshire Construction
– Runner-up: Return on Digital

Community Award sponsored by Enterprise Rent-A-Car

– Winner: New Roots
-Runner-up: Footlights Theatre

Entrepreneur Award sponsored by Salford Innovation Park

– Winner: My Parcel Delivery
– Runner-up: Return on Digital

Best Employer Award sponsored by JMC IT

– Winner: Manchester and Cheshire Construction
– Runner-up: Social adVentures

Rising Star Award sponsored by alldayPA

– Winner: Ladybird Private Day Nurseries
– Runner-up: Training Qualifications UK


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