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June 13th 2014

48 Finalists Announced – E3 Business Awards 2014

1 Events Media, the host of the 2014 E3 Business Awards has announced the 48 finalists that have been shortlisted for the twelve award categories. They comprise a mix of businesses, social enterprises and high-achieving individuals and they will all be attending the E3 Business Awards Dinner, which will take place on Thursday 18th September 2014 at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton.

(The full list of nominees is listed below).

“Last year marked the launch of the E3 Awards,” notes 1EM managing director Mubarak Chati. “We were really impressed by the number and calibre of the nominees but this year, we’ve seen even more. Perhaps it’s testament to a recovering economy or just to the relentless ‘can do’ spirit that characterises the North West, but whatever the reason, the quality of entrants has been superb.

“We’ve had hundreds of nominations, and they’ve come from right across the region: Manchester to Merseyside, Cumbria to Cheshire. When you read all these success stories – all these examples of entrepreneurs putting in enormous amounts of work and ingenuity – you can’t help wanting to find some way of recognising everyone’s efforts because so much commendable work has clearly been done. In compiling the shortlist, the Nominations Panel certainly had a very difficult and unenviable task.”

The E3 Awards are designed to recognise successful and innovative businesses from all sections of the North West community. They focus on enterprise, education and employment – the three Es that are so crucial to the growth and stability of the region’s economy.


New Business Start-Up of the Year: 
 Airborn Academy, Liverpool
 Degree 53, Manchester
 MWL Events, Stalybridge
 Simply Doughnuts, Blackburn

Corporate Social Responsibility Award:
 Junior Chef’s Academy, Birkenhead
 net*, Kendal
 The Well Being Farm, Bolton
 UK Container Maintenance, Northwich

Social Enterprise of the Year:
 Certain Curtain Theatre Company, Preston
 Bolton FM, Bolton
 National Forum for Health & Wellbeing, Preston
 The Blair Project, Manchester

Skills, Education & Training Award:

 Dee Mac Childcare, Stalybridge
 Lance Mason Solicitors, Blackburn
 Magma Digital, Preston
 NCC Resources, St Helens

Employer of the Year:
 Bank View Smile Studios, Blackburn
 KTG Social Care, Preston
 NoChintz, Manchester
 NuBlue, Lancaster

Creative, Digital & Media Award:
 Chief Online Business Solutions Group, Manchester
 CV VID, Blackburn
 Footsqueek, Chester
 VB Creative Photography, Preston

Young Entrepreneur of the Year:
 Hannah Warren of Oxygen Personnel, Preston
 Kasim Javed of Money for Your Phone, Rochdale
 Michael Tunstall of Cloud4 Computers, Leigh
 Saira Hussain of Hussain Architectural Design, Burnley

Outstanding Woman in Business:
 Liz Clarke of Bike Right! Manchester
 Tracy Mort of Grace Cole, Cheadle
 Coral Horn of Pink Link Ladies, Blackpool
 Maggie O’Carroll of The Women’s Organisation, Liverpool

Manufacturing Business of the Year:
 Editors Keys, Manchester
 FumeCare Ltd, Formby
 Powder Systems Limited, Liverpool
 RemVox Ltd, Preston

High Growth Business of the Year:
 Asons Solicitors, Bolton
 Lovania Nurseries Ltd, Preston
 New Call Telecom, Nelson
 R-Com Consulting, Manchester

International Business of the Year:
 Advanced Food Safety, Wigan
 Designer Sofas 4u, Blackburn
 Ronhill & Hilly, Hyde
 FumeCare Ltd, Formby

Business of the Year:
 Auction Finance, Cheadle
 KQF Foods, Blackburn
 OneFile, Manchester
 Text Styles UK Ltd, Colne