North West Business Masters 2017: The winners revealed

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They came in their best bib and tucker to raise a glass of bubbly and salute the outstanding companies across the region for the North West Business Masters 2017.

Business glitterati turned out in their hundreds for the event at Manchester’s iconic Midland Hotel where representatives of shortlisted companies and their leaders turned out to watch the awards ceremony unfolded.

Hosted by’s North West editor Joanne Birtwistle and Nina Warhust, the BBC’s North West political editor, the event was backed by a plethora of major sponsors embedded in the heart of the business community.

Birtwistle said: “The Business Masters provide a fantastic platform to showcase the best that North West businesses have to offer.

“Tonight’s event has been a fantastic evening and I’d like to thank all shortlisted companies for the amazing work they do, as well as our sponsors, without whom tonight would not have been possible.”

The winners are:

Innovation – sponsored by KPMG, presented by Sally Watson, audit manager

Winner: Ziferblat

Evoke Creative
Hello Soda
JMW Solicitors

International Trade – sponsored by Squire Patton Boggs, presented by Matt Ingram, partner

Winner: SAMBRO

IFB2016 (highly commended)
Crawford Healthcare
Vision Support Services

Contributing to the Community – sponsored by Influential, presented by Chris Hulme, director

Winner: Tunafish Media

Angel Solutions
EY Foundation
Smart Storage

Professional Services – sponsored by, presented by Lee-J Walker, commercial director

Winner: Kuits Solicitors

Dow Schofield Watts
Grant Thornton
Seneca Partners

SME Business – sponsored by JMW, presented by Marc Yaffe, partner, and head of commercial litigation

Winner: Pochin’s

Beech Holdings (highly commended)
East Coast Concepts
Smart Storage
Vision Support Services

Large Business – sponsored by Manchester Metropolitan University, presented by Michael Taylor, external relations advisor

Winner: Abbey Logistics Group

Bright Blue Foods
The Delivery Group

Newcomer – sponsored by Mazars, presented by Tim Hudson, managing partner


Gorilla Accounting
Strategic Analytics
Watch This Space

Employer of the Year – sponsored by Manchester Metropolitan University, presented by Yvonne Rennison, head of business and public engagement

Winner: Brother UK

Angel Solutions (highly commended)
Beech Holdings
Freight First
Woods Squared

Fast Business Growth – sponsored by EY, presented by Paul Devitt, partner

Winner: Love Energy Savings

Abbey Logistics Group
Barber Barber UK
The Delivery Group

Ambassador – sponsored by, presented by Robert Hough CBE DL, director of Peel Holdings

Winner: Sir Howard Bernstein