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EN Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2016 celebrate the best in the North West

The 15th annual EN Entrepreneur of the Year Awards celebrated the region's best and brightest entrepreneurs at the Mere Golf & Spa Resort, Knutsford, on 3 November.

With host Justin Moorhouse at the helm, the black-tie event featured speaker Nicholas Wheeler, founder of Charles Tyrwhitt, who discussed the trials and tribulations of being an entrepreneur, and how he built his business from an idea at university to an internationally acclaimed gentlemen's outfitters. There was also after-party entertainment from The Twentysomethings.

The main event, of course, was the EN Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

It was a big night for Reg and Louis Rix, founders of Carfinance247. Reg was picked up the NW Entrepreneur of the Year Award, sponsored by Assurant, with judges' commendations going to James Blake of Hello Soda and Matt Bullas of Click Consult.

Meanwhile, Louis collected the award for Young Entrepreneur of the Year, sponsored by Salford Business School. Ben Wilson of Thornton & Ross and Mylo Kaye of Dreamr picked up judges' commendations.

Leisure Entrepreneur of the Year went to Ross Mackenzie, the man behind Manchester's Black Dog Ballroom Group and The Liars Group.

In another hard-fought category, the award for Financial & Professional Services Entrepreneur of the Year, sponsored by MC2, was claimed by Scott Marshall of Roma Finance. Paul Cheetham of Sedulo Group and Shazda Ahmed of Monarch Solicitors received judges' commendations.

Christian Gleave of Review Travel was named Business Services Entrepreneur of the Year.

Digital Entrepreneur of the Year, sponsored by KPMG, went to James Blake of Hello Soda.

Graham Shapiro of Reggie Enterprises collected Technology Entrepreneur of the Year, sponsored by the University of Manchester.

Property Entrepreneur of the Year, sponsored by Kuits Solicitors, was Stephen Beech of Manchester-based Beech Holdings.

In the company awards, Reggie Enterprises made it a double for the night by picking up Start-up of the Year, with a judges' commendation for Handrail Creations.

Knutsford's own Crawford Healthcare took home the International Trade Award, sponsored by HSBC. A judges' commendation went to ParkCloud.

Most Entrepreneurial Company, sponsored by Untapped Potential, went to UD Group, with a commendation for Paper Salad.

The Swansway Group was named Family Business of the Year, sponsored by Equilibrium Asset Management. A judges' commendation went to Francis Kirk & Son.

Manufacturer of the Year, sponsored by the Merseyside Special Investment Fund (MSIF), went to Glossop Cartons. A judges' commendation went to Handrail Creations.

The night also raised £3,790 for the Wheeler Family Charitable Trust, which was set up by after-dinner speaker Nicholas Wheeler and donates to charities including the Prince's Trust, Child Bereavement UK and the Just Nepal Foundation.

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