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Although it is now a couple of weeks since the 2013 Stockport Business Awards took place, I could not let the event pass without writing a column about it. Gorvins were once again a headline sponsor of the Awards, this year alongside Clarke Nicklin accountants, Orbit developments and NatWest.

This was the second year the awards have taken place and having been involved with the judging on both occasions I was struck by the increase in quality and volume of the nominations this year compared to last.

The nominations really do highlight the breadth and quality of business inStockport. This was really brought home to me with the shortlist for the award for Innovation and Design where you had Cami Confidential, an independent Marple based business that produce haute couture clothing specifically design for ladies who have undergone invasive breast surgery, up against the might of Robinsons Brewery.

Winners on the night included, amongst others, Trolex (Awards for Training Young People and Employer of the Year), Robinsons (Awards for Innovation and Design and Best International Trade Company), Classic Celebration Cakes (Independent retailer of the Year), Tinies Childcare NW (Business of the year up to £1m), Resin Surfaces Limited (Business of the Year £1m to £5m) and APEM (Business of the Year £5m+).

However, special mention has to go to Wayne Jones, senior vice-president of Man Diesel & Turbo, who won the Special Recognition Award. I have had the privilege of working with Wayne on a variety of projects over the past 2 years and I honestly can not think of any more deserving of such an award.

As senior vice-president of a global organisation Wayne spends a significant amount of time aboard, but that does not prevent him playing a massive role within the local business community here in Stockport with varying roles including chairing Stockport’s Economic Alliance, working with the Chamber of Commerce supporting and promoting its skills and apprenticeship programme as well as acting as chair of the board of governors at SK1, Stockport’s new technical college.

So to finish I would like to say a huge thank-you and congratulations to Wayne from everyone in business in Stockport.

Posted on behalf of Christian Mancier, Partner at Gorvins and Stockport President: Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce