The 2019 Category Finalists & Winners

We would like to congratulate all of the following businesses on being shortlisted for the 2019 Halton Business Awards!


Thank you to DCBL, the Main Sponsors of the 2019 Halton Business Awards


New Business of the Year

Sponsored by Widnes Vikings 

  • Octave Design Services - Winner
  • Imagin3d
  • Holfords Roofing
  • On the High Street - Highly Commended 
  • MAT Recruitment

2019 Winners - Octave Design Services

Established in 2018 Octave began trading in a spare bedroom until they took up residence at the Heath Technical Park. They provide mechanical engineering design & consultancy services. In July 2018 they were awarded full membership of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). As a new business they have established a product & service which rivals the larger businesses in their sector, and they continue to go from strength to strength.


Outstanding Customer Service Award 

Sponsored by Liverpool John Lennon Airport

  • Hardman Office & Commercial Cleaning - Winner 
  • Specsavers
  • Sleeptight Beds
  • The Figure Factory
  • Q Delivery Service

2019 Winner - Hardman Ofice & Commercial Cleaning

The company operates a robust customer satisfaction survey, which is used to great effect. Satisfied customers are clearly a key for the growth of the business as, for yet another year, customer retention is at 100%. Turnover is increasing, client numbers are growing, and the business is now well established within the marketplace.


Apprentice/Young Person of the Year

Sponsored by The Apprenticeship Hub

  • Matthew Walker - Evolve Facility Services
  • Lewis Hancox - STFC
  • Oliver Rowles - Prima
  • Sam Meacock - Initial Packaging - Winner
  • Kane Wignall - ICE
  • Jessica Gibbons - Support at Home - Highly Commended

2019 Winner - Sam Meacock, Initial Packaging 

Since Sam joined Initial Packaging his progress academically, professionally and his work ethics are second to none. Over the past three years he has gained his Level 3 NVQ In ME and has become a valuable member of their team. Sam is now the sole engineer and is running his own department.


Social Enterprise of the Year

Sponsored by Wellbeing Enterprises 

  • Nightstop
  • United Giving
  • Stick ‘n’ Step - Winner 
  • Sew Halton

2019 Winners - Stick 'n' Step

Stick ‘n’ Step works with children and young people with Cerebral Palsy, and their families, from across North West England and North Wales. The organisation was formed in 2002 by a group
of parents of children and young people who have Cerebral Palsy. Stick ‘n’ Step was established to provide free, conductive education sessions to children and young people.


Halton Foundation Award for Responsible Business of the Year

Sponsored by Halton Foundation

  • Hardman Office & Commercial Cleaning
  • Anthony’s Travel - Winner 
  • SOG
  • XCellR8
  • Evans Creative

2019 Winners - Anthony's Travel 

Anthony’s Travel’s passion for Halton is unrivalled. With a wealth of experience, they truly care and don’t pay lip service when it comes down to supporting the Halton Borough. Their initiatives are wide and varied but all have very local roots so you can see the real difference their help and assistance makes to the community.


Rising Star

Sponsored by DCBL

  • Support at Home
  • Millwood Manufacturing - Winner 
  • D3T
  • Perfectus Biomed
  • Polymorph
  • Flint Studios

2019 Winners - Millwood Manufacturing

A manufacturing company established in December 2016 with a high rate of new product developments. Three and half years ago Millwood Manufacturing was just a business idea today it employs 26 staff with a £3 million tur nover which they believe will achieve £5m by year 4-5 of trading. They foresee significant growth via exports.


Manufacturer of the Year

Sponsored by ABGi UK 

  • The TALL Group
  • Sandon Global - Winner 
  • Mersey Vent
  • Alstom

2019 Winners - Sandon Global

Sandon Global is an award-winning manufacturer of anilox rolls and cylinders used in the flexographic, lithographic and metal decoration print industries. Their innovative products, technical expertise and professional technical support lead the market. This is emphasised by their success in attaining their sixth consecutive Gold Award win in the category of ‘Supplier of the Year’ at the 2019 EFIA awards.


Sustainable Business of the Year 

Sponsored by Inovyn 

  • Calon Associates
  • Used Kitchen Exchange - Winner 
  • Genlab


2019 Winners - Used Kitchen Exchange

Used Kitchen Exchange (UKE) offers a commercially and financially rewarding, ethical solution for used kitchens. It actively promotes re-use of pre-owned kitchens within the industry and to domestic homeowners, preventing waste and reducing a new kitchen’s eco-footprint. UKE has experienced exponential growth and received nationwide industry recognition for its sustainable business model.


Exporter of the Year

Sponsored by Halton Chamber of Commerce 

  • The TALL Group - Winner 
  • Sandon Global
  • Arvia Technology

2019 Winners - The TALL Group

Established in 1991, TALL Security Print now supports markets worldwide, exporting its products and services around the world delivering millions of secure documents. In return, the company
has played host to numerous overseas visitors from electoral commissions, universities, central banks and businesses to its site in Runcorn.


Employer of the Year

Sponsored by Halton Borough Council

  • d3t - Winner 
  • Perfectus Biomed
  • Sure Safe
  • Evolve Facility Services
  • Halton Housing
  • Riverside College

2019 Winners - d3t

d3t was founded in July 2011 and now employs over 70 people. The company designs, develops and delivers software to clients across the video games and interactive media industries. d3t take their employees development seriously and encourage employee engagement in many ways. Employee retention is excellent, and they have several incentives to support this.


Family Business of the Year (30+ Employees)

Sponsored by Halton Chamber of Commerce 

  • Support at Home - Winner 
  • Anthonys Travel
  • The Armitt Group
  • Early Learners Nursery
  • Hough Green Garages - Highly Commended 

2019 Winners - Support at Home

Support at Home is a local, family run business, providingvhigh quality care for adults and families in their own homes. They were founded in Liverpool in August 2011 by their Registered Manager Nicola Beal and her husband Wayne, together with Nicola’s parents, Janet and Brian Powell. Over the past eight years they have had consistent growth and success and the workforce now consists of 86 members of staff. Nicola and Wayne’s two adult sons have also played their part in shaping the company.


Family Business of the Year (<30 Employees)

Sponsored by Halton Chamber of Commerce 

  • Aqueous
  • PPS Pinnington Plumbing
  • Ace Blinds - Highly Commended 
  • Industrial Cooling Equipment - Winner 

2019 Winners - Industrial Cooling Equipment

A family run business, with a close-knit team who have worked hard to create an open, communicative culture. ICE is a contractor specialising in the design, supply, installation, service and maintenance of commercial and industrial refrigeration and air-conditioning systems, incorporating heat recovery and energy conservation where possible. Their strategic plan is to focus on long-term growth.


Entrepreneur of the Year

Sponsored by Sci-Tech Daresbury 

  • Jonathan Guy - Aqueous Digital
  • Nick Griffiths - Industrial Cooling Equipment
  • Terri Kearney - Nightstop - Winner 
  • Chris Berg - Acorn2Oak

2019 Winner - Terri Kearney, Nightstop

Terri Kearney holds the role of full-time CEO supported by eleven staff and a Management Committee. Having left her pr evious role through redundancy Terri has gone on to build the NCNW brand
which has become a huge part of the non-statutory services delivered within Halton underpinning local authority delivery. Terri has solely developed and devised the organisation to cater for young people, their families and the wider community and to support their every need with sometimes challenging and chaotic situations.


Big BID Business of the Year

Sponsored by Halton BID

  • Hough Green Garages - Winner 
  • Knitwire (Catalytic Support Systems)

2019 Winners - Hough Green Garages

Hough Green Garage is a family run business providing a complete vehicle recovery, repair, service and MOT facility. The company operates on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year basis. The prospects of the business are always at the forefront of the Hough Green empire. One of the Directors is a fully accredited trainer for the Institute of Vehicle Recovery, this in turn provides them with a more highly skilled, fully trained roadside workforce. Hough Green has deep roots and a great foundation, this in turn provides a striving, successful business with longevity.


Small BID Business of the Year

Sponsored by Halton BID

  • Suresafe Electrics - Winner 
  • The Figure Factory
  • Courier Post
  • Industrial Cooling Equipment

2019 Winners - Suresafe Electrics 

Sure Safe have achieved financial self-sufficiency as a result of hard work and the prudent decisions taken by the company owner and senior management. This has resulted in steady growth and further recruitment. The Company are passionate about providing job opportunities for local people and young people through the apprenticeship programme. As the company grows, they feel that it is important to look after the Health and Wellbeing of their workforce.

Investing in Halton's Future 

Sponsored by Halton Chamber of Commerce

Widnes Vikings 

Special Recognition Award for Widnes Vikings
On behalf of the Borough and all the sports fans across Widnes, Runcorn and beyond, we would like to thank everyone involved with Widnes Vikings for the inspiring example of community engagement, true grit and determination. Tonight we celebrate all the many businesses, supporters and fans, that have put their money where their mouth is, quite literally, and saved Widnes Vikings for generations to come. This Award is for everyone who has contributed, no matter how large or how small, to the survival of Widnes Vikings. Your commitment is appreciated and your efforts legendary.

Business of the Year

Sponsored by Halton Chamber of Commerce & DCBL

Sandon Global



 Special thanks to....

CD&P Media, Halton Stadium, Paul Heaps, Merseyside Printing, Pete Pinnington Productions and Roy Basnett Events. 


Thank you to all our sponsors, the judging panel and of course everyone that entered in this year's Halton Business Awards - we can't do it without you! 

 "I wondered ' what can Halton Chamber do for me ?' The Chamber helps businesses and their employees. Small, new, large or established. Offering reduced rates for professional courses; free presentations that actually improve how an organisation promotes itself; free websites to new start businesses. Even, reduced train fares to London for members. To name just a few benefits.”

Behavioural Safety Training, SOG.

With thanks to our brand partners
Halton growth hub Astmoor Halebank Dats

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