As our October 5 blog, Matthews Environmental Solutions Ltd. were recently shortlisted for two awards at the Pride of Tameside Business Awards 2017;
- Manufacturing & Engineering Business of the Year
- Export Award
Myself and Colleague Ron Munton attended Dukinfield Town Hall last night for the Pride of Tameside Business Award presentation and what immediately struck is was how seriously the business world of Tameside take the awards, more so after last year’s awards did not go ahead. On that basis, there were a record number of nominees and competition was fierce.
We were disappointed to lose out on the first award to a company called Impregnation Services, (yes, the presenter also questioned what they actually do!), before everyone round our table got called out as winners of their respective categories, The first being local digital marketing legends and our very own web providers AsOne. Next up, an extremely well deserved award to local charity Gift of a Wedding who amazingly organise rapid weddings for terminally ill people, what an honour to share a table with them. I started getting nervous when the next award, catering business of the year, went to the local family butchers also sharing our table. How on earth could we let the side down now by not winning our award?! Immediately next up came the Export Award where we were head to head with the incredibly long standing local engineering firm Newland Engineering. Such worthy competition with great history, respected locally, and with a strong export market. But, to great surprise we were announced as winners. (Ronnie was most surprised that the judging panel were still happy to accept his collection of old £1 coins!!)
The judges comments were more than complimentary
The Judges were significantly impressed with the global scale they work on while utilising the local supply chain and commitment to apprentices. They have a strong heritage with local investment while exporting their product and the Borough’s skills across the globe.
On a serious note, we would like to highlight that winning this award serves as recognition for the hard work of every member of this team without whom we would not be able to achieve what we do. Therefore, we would like to congratulate everyone on winning this award and thank the whole team for their hard work. Looking around the room we felt extremely proud to be part of such a strong business community which only inspires us to extend this further in the future.