Launch of North West Business of the Year Awards’s annual North West business awards ceremony is returning in 2023 and this year it’s going to be even bigger and better.

The annual awards ceremony is a key event in the business calendar and recognises companies that have demonstrated outstanding achievements in their industry and continue to contribute to the North West business community.

This year the Business Masters will return as the North West Business of the Year Awards 2023, backed by headline sponsors CMS, LDC, PwC, RBC Brewin Dolphin, and Robert Walters.

The awards will celebrate and honour the very best of businesses of all sizes and sectors across the North West.

For the first time, the 2023 awards will also include a rigorous judging process that will see all the companies visited by members of our judging panel, before a shortlisting process.

Each company on the shortlist will then be invited to present to the judges why they should win an award, with the winners revealed at a high-profile awards evening at The Midland, Manchester on October 18.’s joint managing director, Alex Turner, said: “The North West Business of the Year Awards will be a collaborative effort between and our partners CMS, LDC, PwC, RBC Brewin Dolphin, and Robert Walters.

“We are looking forward to reaching more businesses than ever before and, with the new judging process, choosing shortlists and winners that really represent the very best performers in the region.

“It remains challenging for many businesses, but businesses across the North West have also shown great resilience by pushing through to become stronger and better and we are looking forward to hearing from them.”

There are 15 categories to enter including a new category – CEO of the Year. As with previous years, the Ambassador will be chosen by the judges.

  • Start Up
  • Innovation
  • Sustainability
  • Employer of the Year
  • International Trade
  • Investment
  • Community Impact
  • Property Business
  • Family Business
  • Small Business (up to 50 employees)
  • Medium Business (51-250 employees)
  • Large Business (251+ employees)
  • Fast Growth Business
  • Chief Executive of the Year
  • Ambassador

The North West Business of the Year Awards 2023 will be backed by headline sponsors CMS, LDC, PwC, RBC Brewin Dolphin, and Robert Walters. Category sponsors include Gilbanks.

The deadline for entries is March 17, 2023. For more information and to download your entry form please visit our dedicated awards website

Read what our sponsors have to say:

Geraldine Ryan, Partner at CMS, said: “The North West has always been a region renowned for its entrepreneurial spirit; without that can do attitude and commitment, the Industrial Revolution would never have taken place.

“The North West of England – not just the big centres like Manchester and Liverpool, but also the old cotton towns of Lancashire, rural Cheshire and Cumbria – can quite rightly be said to be the birthplace of today’s global business community.

“That entrepreneurial spirit still prevails today, and the region is home to thousands of truly world class businesses across every conceivable sector.

“CMS is delighted to join with other sponsors to help identify and celebrate the very best of the NW business community.

“We actively encourage businesses to enter, because there is no better way to highlight your products and services and what makes you special, including how you give back to your local communities.  We look forward to meeting many great companies – large and small – during the judging process and celebrating with the winners in October.”

Emma Suchland, Partner and UK Private Business Leader at PwC, said: “There’s no doubt that uncertainty was an overarching theme of 2022, and moving into 2023, businesses in our region are still facing some major short-term challenges. However, the outlook for the North West is optimistic.

“As we have seen time and time again in recent years, the North West business community is extremely well-connected.

“The people and companies in the region are agile, resilient and able to thrive because they balance caution with the need to transform their businesses. Across the region we are seeing more and more businesses succeed when they align growth ambitions with values and purpose.

“This is why PwC is excited to sponsor the Business of the Year awards. The awards provide the opportunity for businesses across the region to showcase and celebrate their hard work, innovation and determination as they continue to work towards their future successes and that of the region.”

RBC Brewin Dolphin
Bradley Russell, Divisional Director and Senior Investment Manager, RBC Brewin Dolphin said: “Here at RBC Brewin Dolphin, we work with some of the North West’s leading businesses and senior leadership teams, helping them to make sense of their personal finances and look after the Financial Wellbeing of their staff.

“We are delighted to sponsor the inaugural Business Desk Business of the Year Awards and are excited at the prospect of meeting so many incredible businesses over the judging period ahead.

“After a very difficult few years and as we read such glum news in the press every day, it has never been more important to celebrate success, not just to the outside world, but also with your team and colleagues – there are a lot of good news stories out there and we want to hear about them. Manchester and the North West is such a fantastic region to do business and we feel incredibly privileged to be part of the business community and this process.”

Robert Walters
Lucy Bisset, Director – North, Robert Walters, said: “In the backdrop of what has been a tumultuous 12 months, it has been so inspiring to see how businesses within the North West have responded and pivoted where they have needed to.

“At the core of this success is the leadership of a company – and so we are so pleased to be sponsoring the CEO of the Year category to recognise those individuals who have stepped up and displayed innovative management in the past year.”

Aziz Ul-Haq, Partner at LDC in the North West, said: “This awards programme will showcase some of the incredible companies, along with the people behind them, that make the North West such an exciting place to do business.

“At LDC, we’re all about backing ambitious management teams, helping them to grow their business in their way. We know there are so many businesses right across the region that are making strides in their own industries and going for growth, and we can’t wait to hear from them.”

The North West Business of the Year Awards will be revealed at’s annual celebratory dinner on 12 October 2023 at The Midland Hotel, Manchester.

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