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Councillor Brenda Warrington, Executive Leader of Tameside Council

Playing Tribute to Tameside Business

Monday, 29 October 2018

Last Thursday Dukinfield Town Hall played host to the 2018 Pride of Tameside Business Awards. Since their creation in 2011, the awards have become one of the highlights in the local calendar, an evening to celebrate the outstanding contributions that businesses have made to Tameside’s economy and community. 

I was delighted to open the awards evening in front of over 300 Tameside residents and businesses, and even more pleased to present a special award of recognition to Phill Brown. As Chair of the Tameside Prosperous Board, his dedication and effort has been indispensable in turning the Pride of Tameside Business Awards into what they have become today. That however is only the beginning of his achievements. As a businessman, he opened and grew a fantastic company in Benchmark Building Supplies, firmly rooting it in the Tameside community by dedicating himself to both buying and employing locally. As an individual, he has given his time to many local causes and groups, including serving as a mentor and financial supporter of several fledging businesses.

That was just the first of no less than 22 awards given out over the course of the evening. Not only did we record a record attendance on the night, but we also received a record number of businesses submitting themselves for an award. The sheer variety that have come forward, from technology companies to catering services, multi-nationals to family shops, reflects on the great environment that has been set up for business creation and growth here in Tameside. And the quality more than matched the quantity. I know for a fact that our judges found selecting the shortlists incredibly difficult, let alone picking the winners.

I think it’s really important to mention as well just how impressed we all were by how many of our entrants went above and beyond for their local communities. Whether it was raising money for charity, or providing young people with valuable work experience or apprenticeships, all of them have in some way helped to make Tameside a better place to live, work and invest in. Make no mistake; I firmly believe that if our borough is going to succeed, our businesses have to succeed as well. That’s why, as a Council, we have supported the growth of local companies and apprenticeships through youth employment schemes and a variety of business and trade grants. Seeing the businesses who turned up last night, and the excellence on display in their entries, proves to me beyond a shadow of a doubt that those efforts have borne fruit.  

The complete list of awards winners and highly commended entries can be found on the Pride of Tameside Business Awards website here, but I’d like to single out a few that impressed me personally here. Managed Ink Limited, a printing company based out of our business incubator in the Ashton Old Baths, walked away with the award for best New Business in Tameside. Infinity Initiatives won Health and Social Care Business of the Year for their incredible work tackling offending, substance misuse, debt, homelessness and isolation. The prize for Manufacturing and Engineering Business of the Year was awarded to Solotec Scientific Limited, whose desktop safety enclosures and fume cabinets have made possible education and testing at the cutting edge of the pharmaceutical and bioscience sectors.

My congratulations go out not just to the rest of the winners, but to everybody who went for an award or supported the event in some other way. Every business and person at Dukinfield Town Hall last Thursday brought something unique and positive to the table. This was their night, and I am happy that I was able to share it with them.  


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