The Halton Business Awards 2018

The Halton Business Awards Gala Dinner, 2018 once again brought organisations from across the borough together to celebrate organisational success and exceptional business performance. This annual event once again showcased organisations located in Widnes and Runcorn recognising outstanding business acumen, specialist expertise and the organisational excellence.

Guest speaker, Martin Hawthorne, ex CEO of Cash Converters, delivered a thought provoking key note speech highlighting how important buyer behaviour is and the potential rewards available to organisations that understand customer psychology and use this to build a loyal client base and delight customers.


Martin Hawthorne, Guest Speaker, Just Giving

A hotbed of entrepreneurs and innovative organisations

There were also many delighted businesses with 17 Awards presented to companies that demonstrate excellence in a range of categories including: customer service, ‘Keep it Green’, marketing excellence, social responsibility and innovation in ‘Health and Wellbeing Award’, to name but a few.  The contribution of individuals was also rewarded through the Young Achievers/Apprenticeship Award and Entrepreneur of the Year category.  In fact, this year the Entrepreneur of the year Award, sponsored by Daresbury Sci-Tech, was so hotly contested having received more applications than for any other category, that it was decided to two individuals should be recognised with Liz Ashall- Payne winning the Female Entrepreneur of the Year and Lee Bradburn being presented with the Male Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Liz Ashall-Payne - Female Entrepreneur of the Year

Lee Bradburne - Male Entrepreneur of the Year

‘Halton really is a hotbed of Entrepreneurs and innovative organisations.  It’s only right that we recognise this and reward the ingenuity, dedication and commitment of these multi-talented individuals.’ explained Rachael Owen, Chief Executive of Halton Chamber of Commerce.  ‘These Awards celebrate the resilience, expertise, innovation and sheer brilliance that organisations across Halton demonstrate every day. This year we have received more applications than ever making the 10th Anniversary the most successful yet and proving once again how sought after and prized these awards have become’.  

Industry-wide and national recognition

Many organisations were already in receipt of national awards and industry wide recognition with the three finalists for the International Business of the Year Award all enjoying national success with Tall Security, a previous winner, currently ranked 6th on the Sunday Times SME Export Track 100 list – Britain’s SMEs with the fastest growing international sales, Sandon Global, who recently won the 2018 National Chamber of Commerce Award for Export and Perceptive Engineering, with offices in Singapore and headquarters at Daresbury Sci-Tech.  Category sponsors, Halton Chamber of Commerce, who support exporters through their Export Documentation Service and provides business support and advice to all organisations through the Growth Hub Halton, is always keen to promote the global expertise that is so vital to the not just the borough of Halton but also to the region’s economy.

Perceptive Engineering, International Business of the Year, 2018

‘Tonight we have celebrated the outstanding achievements of businesses based across the borough.’ Said Peter Cook, Chair of Halton Chamber of Commerce.  ‘I’d like to thank our loyal sponsors, many of whom have wittnessed the year on year growth of these awards, as well as congratulate all the businesses that attended the Gala Dinner as they all demonstrated exceptional levels of excellence and have much to be proud of.  To be recognised as a finalist is a real achievement and I know the judges had a really difficult task this year as they were blown away by the calibre of businesses entering and astounded at the contribution these organisations make to both the local as well as the regional economy – it is truly impressive.’

And the Halton Business of the Year, 2018 is.....

For the first time ever, the winner of the Health and Wellbeing Award, LPW Technology Ltd, went on to win the much-converted Halton Business of the Year Award, 2018.   

Dr Carroll, Founder and CEO of LPW Technology Ltd comments “LPW Technology is delighted to have won two of Halton Borough Council’s prized 2018 Business Awards.  As a company we are entering an exciting growth stage and to achieve this success we rely on the commitment of our team throughout the company.  Receiving the ‘Health and Well-being’ award is a reflection of the immense value that we place on our exceptional employees.  Similarly winning the overall award supports our plans to be a valued high-skills employer in the region as we grow our advanced manufacturing operation.  I’m extremely grateful for the support received from Halton Borough Council and the UK government’s Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI).  This support has been realised in opening our purpose-built metal powder manufacturing facility right here in Widnes.  To be a UK-based manufacturer helping to deliver the potential of 3D printing in applications across the world makes me incredibly proud.”

A full list of the finalists and the winners of the 2018 Halton Business Awards is available here

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