Organisations from across the borough came to Halton Stadium to celebrate business success at the Halton Business Awards Gala Dinner, 2018.

This Halton Borough Council sponsored annual event recognises exceptional performance with organisations and business professionals in Widnes and Runcorn, and representing all sectors, showcases their business success and organisational expertise.

Guest speaker, Martin Hawthorne, ex CEO of Cash Converters, gave a speech highlighting how important buyer behaviour is and the potential rewards available to organisations use this to build a loyal client base.

Seventeen awards were presented to companies that demonstrated excellent customer service, exceptional environmental credentials in the ‘Keep it Green’ category, marketing excellence and innovation in ‘Health and Wellbeing Award’, to name but a few.

The contribution of individuals was also rewarded through the Young Achievers/Apprenticeship Award and Entrepreneur of the Year category.

The Entrepreneur of the year Award, sponsored by Daresbury Sci-Tech, was so hotly contested, having received more applications than any other category, that two individuals were recognised with Liz Ashall-Payne winning the Female Entrepreneur of the Year and Lee Bradburn being presented with the Male Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

“Halton really is a hotbed of Entrepreneurs and innovative organisations. It’s only right that we recognise this and reward the ingenuity, dedication and commitment of these multi-talented individuals,” said Rachael Owen, Chief Executive of Halton Chamber of Commerce.

“These Awards celebrate the resilience, expertise, innovation and sheer brilliance that organisations across the Halton demonstrate every day. This year we have received more applications than ever making the 10th Anniversary the most successful yet and proving once again how sought after and prized these awards have become.”

Exporters with nationally and industry wide recognition compete for Halton International Business of the Year

For the first time in ten years, the winner of the Health and Wellbeing Award, LPW Technology Ltd, went on to win the much-converted Halton Business of the Year Award, 2018.

Halton Borough Council Leader Cllr Rob Polhill, said: “It always amazed me as to the business talent we have in Halton. Each year I am blown away by the success of these people, which has a knock-on effect to boost the whole economy. The future is looking very bright.”

Many organisations were already in receipt of national awards and industry wide recognition. The three finalists for the International Business of the Year Award all enjoy national success.

Tall Security, a previous winner, currently ranked 6th on the Sunday Times SME Export Track 100 list – Britain’s SMEs with the fastest growing international sales, Sandon Global, recently won the 2018 National Chamber of Commerce Award for Export and Perspective Engineering, a Queens Award for Export winner with offices in Singapore and headquarters based at Daresbury Sci-Tech. Category sponsors, Halton Chamber of Commerce, who support exporters through their Export Documentation Service and provides business support and advice to all organisations through the Growth Hub Halton service, is always keen to promote the global expertise that is so vital to the not just to the borough of Halton but also to the region’s economy.

A full list of the finalists and the winners of the 2018 Halton Business Awards is available on our web site: