The ‘pure brilliance’ of Halton’s business world is celebrated at the annual awards

Outstanding Business of the Year went to ALLpaQ Packaging, sponsored by DCBL at the 2022 Halton Business Awards. (Create Photo)

Influencers from the worlds of commerce, science and social enterprise filled the tables for this year’s dazzling sold-out dinner as the winners of this year’s Halton Business Awards were announced.

Over 400 company bosses and staff turned out at the DCBL Stadium in Widnes for the event, now in its 12th year and hosted by former BBC North West Tonight journalist Dave Guest.

Also welcomed to this year’s ceremony was Halton Chamber patron James Timpson, CEO of the Timpson Group, who appeared via video to speak about the importance of the awards in promoting the best in business.

Mr. Timpson added that he was looking forward to joining everyone in person at next year’s event.

Leading-edge fluid container designers ALLpaQ Packaging Limited had a night of glory as the company scooped the top award for Halton Business of the Year 2022, also triumphed in the Rising Star category and was shortlisted in the race for the title of Manufacturer of the Year and Large Family Business of the Year.

Company CEO Phill Allen rounded out the company’s night of delight by winning the Entrepreneur of the Year award, sponsored by Sci-Tech Daresbury.

Other winners included Knitwire, which was named Great Family Business of the Year, and Your Baby Scan, which picked up the Customer Engagement award, sponsored by Redrow.

Software troubleshooting contractor d3t Ltd named Employer of the Year and awarded by Halton City Council Leader Cllr
Mike Wharton, while the Inovyn category sponsors presented the Clean, Green Business award to Phil Crompton, CEO of Genlab Limited.

Chris Berg of A|2|O’ Technologies received high praise in the same category.

Rachael Owen, Executive Director of the Halton Chamber of Commerce, said: “It’s great to see local organisations, such as Hattons Model Railways, Ace Blinds Ltd, Signum Solutions, Halton Housing and Sci-Tech Daresbury, supporting these highly coveted awards.

“They are the ones who make it happen and of course the fabulous applicants.
“Once again, the Marquee Suite is packed with incredible businesses, all of whom have successfully overcome the enormous challenges of the last two years, proving that Halton is a great place to do business.”

Seventeen awards in total were handed out, including two awards for social businesses and social commerce organizations (STOs) in recognition of the important role they have played during and since the pandemic.

Previous winners of the award, Ace Blinds Limited, returned as sponsors of the New Business of the Year award, having won it in 2018.

Amber McLoughlin, Joint Owner of Ace Blinds Limited, said: “We know first-hand how important these awards are and what a difference they can make, which is why we asked to sponsor New Business of the Year when the opportunity presented itself.

“Ace Blinds Limited has also been shortlisted in the ‘Rising Star’ category, showing just how far we’ve come.

“I am delighted to see all of our hard work recognized in this way.”

People’s contribution was also rewarded through the Young Achievers and Apprenticeship Award, sponsored by Hattons Model Railway, which went to Oliva Royle of Halton Housing.

Halton Housing also sponsored the Community Engagement Award which went to SOG Group’s Eat@TheHeath.

A Halton Chamber spokeswoman said 2022 recognized the growing importance of digital technology with the introduction of a Digital Technology Company of the Year award, which went to Sci-Tech Daresbury-based HaulageHub Systems.

This award was sponsored by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), which recently launched a digital technology group to support the productivity, growth and success of digital businesses throughout the Northwest.

Val Allen, President of the Halton Chamber, said, “These awards celebrate the innovation and genius that Halton organizations
region demonstrate every day.

“Once again, we have received more applications than ever, which shows the resilience and experience of our local business community that has overcome
what has been such a challenging period.

“It’s great to see everyone celebrating once again and I’m delighted for all the finalists, they’ve done so well to make the shortlist.”

The complete list of categories, winners and finalists is as follows:

New Business of the Year, sponsored by Ace Blinds. Winner – The Castle, Halton. Highly recommended – Gabrielle’s little bakery. Finalists: Envo EHS Consulting and Skills Up CIC.

Apprentice or Young Person of the Year, sponsored by Hattons Model Railways. Winner: Olivia Royle, Halton Housing. Finalists: Molly Case, Halton Housing; Molly Clarke, Prima Software Solutions; Matthew Healey, Signum Solutions; Katie Marsden, Aqueous Digital.

Exporter of the Year, sponsored by the Halton Chamber of Commerce. Winner: Sandon Global Engraving Technologies Ltd. Runners-up: ABM, Carpenter Additive, and TALL Security Print.

Small Social Enterprise or STO of the Year, sponsored by the Halton Foundation. Winner – Social Prescribing Northwest CIC. Finalists: Sam’s Diamonds Cancer Support, Sean Bailey Wellness, and Skills Up CIC.

Great Social Enterprise or STO of the Year, sponsored by Wellbeing Enterprises. Winner – Nightstop Communities Northwest. Finalists: Halton Community Transport, Halton Haven Hospice, Stick ‘N’ Step.

Business Improvement District (BID) Business of the Year, sponsored by Halton BID. Winner – Proactive Dispatch. Runners-up – JWP Training, The Bug Club.

Rising Star, High Growth Business of the Year, sponsored by ABGi UK. Winner – ALLpaQ Packaging. Finalists: Ace Blinds Ltd, AMB Recruitment Group, D&D Recruit.

Manufacturer of the Year, sponsored by Signum Solutions. Winner – Carpenter’s Additive. Finalists: ALLpaQ Packaging, Knitwire, TALL Security Print.

Employer of the Year, sponsored by the Halton Chamber of Commerce. Winner – d3t Ltd. Highly Recommended – D&D Recruit. Runners-up – Carpenter Additive, Prima Software Solutions.

Commitment to the Community, sponsored by Halton Housing. Winner: Eat@TheHeath from SOG Group. Highly recommended – Halton Haven Hospice. Finalists: Hardman’s Office & Commercial Cleaning, Sleeptight Beds.

Entrepreneur of the Year, sponsored by Sci-Tech Daresbury. Winner: Phil Allen, ALLpaQ Packaging. Finalists: Chris Berg, A|2|O Technology Group; Martyn Holme, AMB Recruitment Group; Terri Kearney, Nightstop Communities Northwest; Michael Smyth, Brakes and Tires on Your Drive Ltd, Engage Training Academy, and EVPower2U.

Digital Technology Business of the Year, sponsored by STFC. Winner – HaulageHub Systems. Runners-up: Compliance and Skills Academy (COSAC), Digital Urban Ltd, Prima Software Solutions.

Small Family Business of the Year, sponsored by CD&P MEDIA. Winner – Elite Transportation & Logistics Recruitment. Finalists: Ace Blinds Ltd, Sleeptight Beds, Your Baby Scan.

Large Family Business of the Year, sponsored by Merseyside Printing Company Ltd. Winner – Knitted Wire. Finalists: ALLpaQ Packaging, Anthony’s Travel, Aqueous Digital.

Clean and Green Business of the Year, sponsored by Inovyn. Winner: Genlab Ltd. Highly Commended: A|2|O Technology Group. Finalists: Anthony’s Travel, DC Recycling Ltd.

Customer Commitment Award, sponsored by Redrow. Winner – Scan of your baby. Finalists: Ace Blinds Ltd, Hardman Office and Commercial Cleaning, Signum Solutions.

Outstanding Business of the Year, sponsored by DCBL. Winner- ALLpaQ Packaging.

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