Winners of the Salford Business Awards 2017 announced



Winners of the Salford Business Awards 2017 announced

Online fashion brand Public Desire won 'Large Business of the Year' at the 10th annual Salford Business Awards.

The Swinton based company has experienced a phenomenal growth and continued global expansion by using social media to promote its products. With over a million followers across the brand's social media channels, it is on course to becoming a leader in fast fashion within the global arena.

Kingsland Drinks was judged the winner of the Innovation Award sponsored by MSP’s Salford Innovation Park. Based in Irlam, Kingsland Drinks is a premier independent UK supplier of wine. With over 90 producer and own-brand wines, it supplies major supermarkets and independent retailers, as well as bars, pubs and restaurants.

Managing Director Andy Sagar said: “This is fantastic recognition for everybody in the business for the hard work that has gone into transforming Kingsland into a broader ‘Innovative drinks’ business.”

Recent innovations at Kingsland include investment in an on-site carbonation line and innovative packaging developments.

Anne Dornan, Head of Innovation at Manchester Science Partnerships, said: “We are delighted to support these important regional awards, and there was a hugely impressive range of businesses entering this year.  The SBAs play an important role shining a light on the great innovations being developed by the Salford business community which continues to grow from strength to strength.”

The Awards, now in its 10th year, is an annual event organised in partnership between the University of Salford, The Business Group and Salford City Council. They provide an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the successes of Salford-based businesses over the last 12 months. Eight awards are offered which are sponsored by local businesses and support providers.

Businesses of all sizes and across different sectors competed to win the coveted 'Small Business of the Year' and 'Large Business of the Year' awards, which are awarded to businesses that have shown excellence and outstanding achievements in all aspects of their operations.

Ladybird Private Day Nursery was awarded 'Small Business of the Year'. The Eccles based nursery which is managed by a team with over 35 years’ experience in childcare, is committed to providing high quality childcare and education to the local community. The team were also triumphant in winning the award for 'Best Employer'.

Other winners included Creamline Dairies, and MyManu who were winners of the Rising Star Award.

Winners from the eight award categories were honoured at a glittering ceremony, hosted by footballer turned entrepreneur Gary Neville at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Joanne Purves, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for International and Regional Partnerships at the University of Salford, said: “

“It is well known that the University of Salford was born out of the industrial revolution, its very mission to serve the needs of the business and people of this region – to be the catalyst in providing the skilled workforce employers needed.

“To this end we are as keen as ever to work with business in the city and beyond to help both them and our students reach their full potential.”

City Mayor Paul Dennett congratulated all the businesses which took part in the awards and said: “These awards show the range of successful businesses operating from Salford which is currently out-performing London in the number of businesses choosing to start up here.

“Everyone in these fantastic firms should be very proud of the work they do in bringing good jobs to Salford and providing great products and services.”

Paul Wainwright, chair, The Business Group said: “When we created the awards 10 years ago, our aim was to provide a platform for sharing success and celebrating the achievements of Salford-based businesses.  We were overwhelmed by the quality and diversity of entries this year and were impressed by the hard work and dedication of the entrants, many of whom we had the privilege of meeting during the judging process.  I’d like to congratulate the winners and all of the applicants and thank our sponsors for helping to make our 10th anniversary a success.”