North West Entrepreneur of the Year Awards - 2011
North West Entrepreneur of the Year Awards
27 October 2011
Mere Golf and Country Club, Cheshire
Nominations for the 10th annual EN North West Entrepreneur of the Year Awards are now closed.
The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. EN magazine reserves the right to withdraw categories without prior notice should nominations fail to reach the required standard.
NORTH WEST ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
The winner of this category will be, quite simply, the most innovative, successful entrepreneur in the North West over the past year. With previous winners including Anthony Preston of Pets at Home, Simon Nixon of Moneysupermarket, David Pollock of Chess, Matthew Riley of Daisy Group, Tony Wilson of Klarius and Pure Leisure’s John Morphet, the standard is high. In the current climate we aren’t just looking at growth but also at staying power and profitability. Have you got what it takes?
YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
This award recognises the entrepreneur, aged 35 or under on 27 October 2011, who has achieved the most over the past year. We aren’t just looking for a rising star, but someone who has already made a real impact and whose existing track record sets them on course to be a challenger in a future year’s main event.
FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
This category will recognise the woman whose acumen and entrepreneurial vigour have created the business that has made the biggest splash this year – and that looks like making an even bigger one in the years to come. The strongest entries will also automatically be put forward for consideration in the North West Entrepreneur of the Year category.
MOST ENTREPRENEURIAL COMPANY OF THE YEAR
A category for North West-headquartered firms where the “controlling mind” is not necessarily that of an individual owner-manager, but where the company’s ethos, achievements and practices all merit the use of the term “entrepreneurial”. An example could be a business run by two or more equal partners, or one in which the proprietor is largely retired but where the management nonetheless takes an aggressive attitude.
FAMILY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Family businesses can sometimes be liable to stagnate. We aren’t looking for those. Whether you’re the eighth generation of your clan to take the helm of the family firm or have set up in business yourself with your siblings or children, we are looking for a family business where the emphasis on the second word is as strong as on the first.
DIGITAL AND MEDIA ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
This award goes to the entrepreneur who has developed the most innovative and profitable business in the media (whether “new”, “old” or both) sector over the past year.
TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
From pharmaceuticals to energy generation to computer software, there’s no shortage of technological innovation out there. But turning the light and heat of invention into a profitable and enduring business is another matter altogether. This category honours an entrepreneur who has managed to do just that.
RETAIL AND LEISURE ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
The recession and its aftermath continue to transform the High Street. This award will go to the entrepreneur who has defied the sector’s challenges and built a retail or leisure business that deserves to become one of the household names of the new economic cycle.
PROPERTY ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Elements of the property market are showing signs of life once again, while others remain challenging. To be shortlisted for this award entrepreneurs will need to demonstrate an approach to the property industry that shows flexibility, originality and a willingness to adapt to a structurally altered market that offers opportunities but isn’t returning to the heights of 2006 anytime soon.
TOURISM ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
From the theatres and museums of Liverpool to adventure sports in Cumbria, the region’s “visitor economy” has rarely if ever been more important. This award will go to the entrepreneur who is making the most of the opportunities afforded by daytrippers, “staycationers” and foreign tourists flush with cheap pounds.
MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR
Everyone from government agencies to financial markets agrees we need to “rebalance” the economy in favour of making money from making actual things. This award honours the entrepreneur or privately-held company making the best job of doing just that.
INTERNATIONAL TRADE AWARD
The value of the pound is throwing up challenges for importers as well as opportunities for exporters. This award will honour the privately-owned business whose strategy and entrepreneurial flair enables it to grow internationally whatever the currency markets might throw at it.