Firms make awards finals

Advanced Food Safety director and founder Russell Parry

Advanced Food Safety director and founder Russell Parry

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TWO of the borough’s businesses are celebrating after booking their places in the final of a prestigious regional award.

Wigan and Leigh will both be represented after two firms were included among the 48 finalists of the E3 business awards at Bolton’s Macron Stadium in September.

Shevington-based training provider Advanced Food Safety will compete in the International Business of the Year category, while Michael Tunstall, operations director at Leigh firm Cloud4 Computers, has been shortlisted in the final of the Young Entrepreneur of the Year prize.

The awards, now in their second year, recognise businesses, social enterprises and individuals who are successful and innovative in their work while promoting enterprise, education and employment, the three Es in the ceremony’s name.

Advanced Food Safety has been recognised for its global reach as it now exports its high-level food safety courses to 63 countries, with projects including training aid organisations in Macedonia, getting businesses in Latvia standards certificates and providing support to caterers supplying oil rigs in Kazakhstan.

Founder and director Russell Parry said: “It’s great for us to get into the final of something like this. There’s nothing like having good business on your doorstep and it raises the profile of the firm while making people aware of what you do and how well you do it.

“The majority of our work comes through e-learning and distance learning, but we also do traditional training courses and offer consultancy.”

“Across the world businesses see our standards in the UK as some of the highest and they therefore want to do our courses.”

Golborne businessman Michael, meanwhile, has been nominated in the young enterpreneurs category for his comtribution to developing Cloud4 Computers’ innovative hosted email systems and work resolving clients’ concerns about adopting cluod technology.

Michael, 22, said: “The nomination has taken me by surprise but it’s good for the company and great to put Leigh on the map too.

“We’ve recently created a new website and we were one of the first providers in the UK to launch a hosted exchange.”

Judges from the awards will now visit the finalists ahead of the ceremony, which is at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton on September 18.

To find out more about the awards, visit www.e3businessawards.co.uk