Final firms vying for award glory

Janet and Dr Derek Green, of DOC Solar & Electrical, Standish Lower Ground
Janet and Dr Derek Green, of DOC Solar & Electrical, Standish Lower Ground

THE waiting is almost over.

This Friday will see the winners of the prestigious Wigan Business Awards 2011 unveiled at a ceremony at Kilhey Court, Standish.

Before then there is just time for the Wigan Evening Post to profile the contenders for the two final prizes.

Employer Supporting Apprentices Award sponsored by ProCo

This award applauds the efforts of those employers who have demonstrated a commitment to recruiting and training the borough’s young people by providing access to nationally recognised qualifications, particularly Apprenticeships or Advanced Apprenticeships.

l Link Contracting Services is a family business offering all types of building, plumbing and electrical solutions. Link operates a local procurement and recruitment policy and is part of the Wigan Borough Employment Charter. Its unique selling points include the family values of honesty, transparency, openness and trust.

l The six employees and volunteers at the RSPCA Wigan branch runs a PAWS Centre Animal Clinic offering low cost consultations and quality animal advice. Many of the volunteers are working towards their City and Guilds certificate in Animal Care Level One. They are able to assist vets during consultations, provide aftercare for animals and work in the busy reception area.

Environmental Award sponsored by Hughes Bros

This award recognises companies that have identified the need for innovative environmental changes in their industry or sector, showing commitment to overcome all changes and realising the potential for further business opportunities.

l DOC Solar is part of the first cohort of businesses in the North West to participate in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Global Business Development Programme. This has enabled DOC Solar to capitalise on and develop the embryonic renewable market in Wigan, introducing them to many quality North West businesses.

l Situated in the historic Wiend, Gallimore’s restaurant has worked in partnership with the Council, as part of the Wigan in Bloom Campaign and Keep Britain Tidy, great progress has been made to enhance both the Wiend and nearby Hallgate, providing an attractive environment for the public. The team also regularly performs litter-picking duties.

l Energy North West utilises an energy management software package called MIRACLEES to provide support to organisations that are high-energy users. MIRACLEES is a unique software package that enables an organisation to identify the Optimised Energy Solution in the shortest time with the smallest cost.

The event host and Wigan President of the Chamber, Miranda Barker, said: “This is one of the key events in the business community’s calendar and with highly sought after tickets, it seems the only way to get to the Awards is to enter!

“We’re all incredibly excited to hear who the winners will be on the night and looking forward to celebrating the successes of the borough’s businesses.”

Also attending the event will be Chief Executive of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Clive Memmott and local MPs Andy Burnham, Yvonne Fovargue, Lisa Nandy and Julie Hilling.