Counting down to the big night

Angela Miller, chair person of Ring A Rainbow Community Interest Company, in the charity shop on High Street, Standish, with her dad and assistant chair person, Joe White, and loyal customer Brenda Wilding
Angela Miller, chair person of Ring A Rainbow Community Interest Company, in the charity shop on High Street, Standish, with her dad and assistant chair person, Joe White, and loyal customer Brenda Wilding

WITH less than a fortnight to go before the winners of this year’s Wigan Business Awards are unveiled, tension is mounting.

And today we reveal the contenders in three more of the nine categories.

The DW Stadium will be the venue for the glittering annual event on November 14 and in recent weeks a distinguished panel of judges has been assessing dozens of applications from companies of all types and sizes from all over the borough.

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Employer Supporting Apprentices Award - sponsored by Link Contracting

Ashton, Wigan and District YMCA was established to provide education for folk of all ages, with the objective of developing and improving employability skills; a quality nursery provision for the local community at a competitive rate; recreational and other leisure time facilities for all with the objective of improving health and wellbeing; and a community venue for all. Spokewoman Sue Benson said: “A Wigan Business award which recognises this can only improve our reputation but also to show other organisations how they can benefit from reduced recruitment and training costs resulting in a happy place to work.”

Truline Construction is a medium-sized company with traditional values and large company back-up and growth plans. Bosses say the company’s best asset is its people and they are selected not just because they can do their job, but because they bring something extra to the company in terms of experience, contacts or skills.Spokesman Steve Brindle said: “An award, which would be our first, would be the recognition of all our hard work over the last few years.”

Berkeley House offers a range of support needs for a diverse client group including mental health, learning disabilities and acquired brain injuries. It promotes a person-centred holistic approach to care that is focused on the needs of the individual within a positive risk environment. Spokeswoman Lyanne Raven said: “Offical statistics suggest that one in four of us will have a mental health issue at sometime in our life. With this in mind it is imperative that the stigma of mental health services is reduced. The award would be testament to the values and beliefs that the staff at Berkeley House strive to achieve and has become endemic in the company’s ethos of best practice.”

Exporter of the Year Award – sponsored by Tudor Group

DC Voltage Gradient Technology’s equipment allows pipeline operators to detect leaks, cracks or corrosion faults and priority maintenance areas on a pipeline without having to dig up the pipe. This ultimately saves money, time and disruption to traffic and keeps pipelines safer by detecting leaks before they have happened. Spokesman Simon Young said: “Winning the award would give the directors and staff the credit they deserve for building up a unique product and remaining loyal to manufacturing in the UK with UK staff. It will also recognise our 20th year of trading as DC Voltage Gradient Technology and Supply Ltd.”

Systems Power Limited is a niche market provider in a specialist area offering unique technical expertise in the application of high voltage capacitor banks in the oil and gas and utilities sectors. The high quality and documentation requirements of its client base make this a demanding market. Its client base is replete with blue chip clients such as Siemens, Alstom, ADCO and national oil and gas companies and utilities. Spokesman Mark Smith said: “An award would be recognition of the efforts all the team within the company have put in in order to make us successful and would create a significant morale boost to a small private company exporting almost 100 per cent of its products to challenging global markets.”

We’re Backing Wigan Award – sponsored by Wigan Observer

Ashton, Wigan and District YMCA. As above. Ms Benson said: “We pride ourselves and value our mission to meet the social, physical, spiritual and educational needs, of groups and individuals in the Wigan borough, through developing and offering quality based initiatives, activities and programmes, in order that people can truly belong, contribute and thrive. Life is hard for everyone and if we can make a difference to people’s lives by keeping the prices for our nursery low whilst providing a high quality service, offering specialist one to one support for learners on training programs to enable them to gain qualifications and further their employment opportunities, or if there is an area of need, we will try and source funding to offer support.”

Ring A Rainbow responds very quickly, within a day or two, to the needs of local children. The team works closely with Embrace and Gateway Intervention Teams to help with the families they work with, and have helped more than 40 local children in the last 18 months. The team informs customers how their efforts have helped by means of regular shop and media communication.Spokeswoman Angela Miller said: “An award would mean that our devotion, hard work and effort in helping local children within the Wigan Borough has been recognised. It would also be a fantastic morale booster and recognition tool for our managers and volunteers. It would raise our company profile to help when advertising and networking.”

Lowri Beck has become a reliable and dependable business of choice in the utility meter fixing, reading and data services market in the UK. Spokewoman Leoni Brown said: “Winning the ‘We’re Backing Wigan’ award would be a great boost for the heart of Lowri Beck – our people! Not least to the 250-plus located in our six Wigan offices. As most of the people here live and grew up in the Wigan area, gaining recognition for their efforts over the past couple of years would be extremely important as Lowri Beck people really do care about their company and its achievements.”