2016 Salford Business Awards – Winners Announced

Posted on Friday, May 27th 2016 at 8:23 am

Mettler-Toledo Safeline were crowned Large Business of the Year at the 2016 Salford Business Awards adding to their recent Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation.  Eccles-based air handling systems manufacturer Airsource Ventilation were named Small Business of the Year.  Airsource use innovative technology to manufacture and design cost effective, high efficiency heating and cooling systems.

Mettler-Toledo Safeline is the world’s leading supplier of metal detection and x-ray inspection solutions for the food and pharmaceutical industries.  Mettler’s centre of excellence for technology, development, manufacturing, marketing and sales is in Salford and more than 100,000 of their systems are installed in the world, scanning a trillion food packages per year.

The Awards, organised by the University of Salford, The Business Group and Salford City Council are a celebration of the success of Salford’s businesses over the last twelve months. Other winners on the night included Footlights Theatre, Morson Group, South Catering and Zeal Creative who were winners of the Rising Star Award.

The Awards, now in their ninth year, are sponsored by TalkTalk and the evening was hosted by BAFTA award winning journalist Elaine Willcox.  Guests were entertained by comedian and Salford Alumni Karl Lucas prior to the presentation of the Awards.

Professor Helen Marshall, Vice Chancellor of the University of Salford said “Salford Business Awards are a fantastic showcase for the vibrant business community based here in Salford; we have some genuinely world class businesses here.  Working with Salford City Council and The Business Group and with the launch of our new strategy we look forward to developing even closer ties with local businesses.

Chair of The Business Group, Paul Wainwright said: “The high quality of the applications we have received this year has been a delight to see – it has made judging even more difficult and we are proud to have so many high-quality businesses in our city.  I wish all of those who applied every success in the future and look forward to celebrating with them again in 2017.”

Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett said: ”Businesses make a vital contribution to the city’s economy ensuring that good jobs are available for our residents. This event is a wonderful way to celebrate the success of businesses in Salford. It was fantastic to hear about the range of businesses we have here, all of whom should be extremely proud of the work they do. Our city has so much to offer the business community and we’re proud to work alongside our partners at The Business Group and the University of Salford to ensure that Salford’s business community continues to thrive.”


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