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Yvonne Fovargue MP, John Slevin, Patsy Slevin, Lorraine Bowden, Ashley Evans, Nicholas Goulding and Dominic Ball - The Wigan Business Awards 2011, Kilhey Court

Yvonne Fovargue MP, John Slevin, Patsy Slevin, Lorraine Bowden, Ashley Evans, Nicholas Goulding and Dominic Ball - The Wigan Business Awards 2011, Kilhey Court

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THE high-flying firms that will contend this year’s coveted Wigan Business Awards have been unveiled.

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce today announced the names of those vying for the 10 trophies that make up the competition. The Chamber received a huge number of high-quality entries across all categories, and after careful consideration, has selected the following:

Business of the Year (sponsored by NatWest): Link Contracting; Karas Industries; Lowri Beck and Better Bathrooms;

Family Business (sponsored by Jackson Stephen): Link Contracting, Noel Chadwick and Glitz;

Small or Medium Enterprise of the Year (sponsored by Wigan Development Company): Advanced Food Safety, Fashion PA Boutique and Fleet Dynamic Consultancy; We’re Backing Wigan (sponsored by Wigan Observer): Gallimores, Fashion PA Boutique, Fix It UK and Compassion in Action;

Young Entrepreneur of the Year (sponsored by Active Synergy and Action Training Services): ARC Window Films; Avatar and Kaleidoscope Parties;

Employer Supporting Apprentices (sponsored by ProCo NW): Link Contracting, RSPCA, Fleet Dynamic Consultancy and D and J Fabrications;
Something to Shout About (sponsored by PA Hull): Lowri Beck, Avatar, Clear Relocations and Why Not Change;
Environmental Technologies (sponsored by Hughes Bros): ARC Window Films, Polywaste UK and Carbon Consultancy; 
Start-up Enterprise (sponsored by Wigan Council and Blue Orchid): Care and Repair – Wigan, Food Positive, Discover Consultancy and Training CIC and Truly Scrumptious;

Independent Retail Business (sponsored by Wigan and Leigh College): Fashion PA Boutique, Better Bathrooms and Just Add Kids.

Emma Antrobus, Wigan Policy Manager at Greater Manchester Chamber, said: “We had a really difficult time selecting the finalists this year, due to the number of excellent entries. This year’s diverse group of finalists highlight just how successful businesses in the Wigan Borough have been and it’s great to see that, despite the difficult economic climate that many companies are still operating in, we have lots of businesses who are working hard and succeeding. I’d like to thank everyone who entered the Wigan Business Awards this year.”

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner on November 16 at the DW Stadium. Special guests will include Chamber chief executive Clive Memmott, Manchester City Council chief executive Sir Howard Bernstein and Brian Simpson MEP. For more details and to book a place, visit http://www.gmchamber.co.uk/events/482 or call 0161 359 3597.