Ten awards were handed out at this year’s M.E.N Business of the Year Awards.
Winners came from sectors including technology, manufacturing, acumen and communications.
More than 400 guests angry out for the celebrated event, which is in its 26th year.
Executive sponsors for this year’s awards were PWC, Manchester Airport with Jet Airways, Robert Walters, Hill Dickinson, Barclays, Brewin Dolphin, and LDC.
Category sponsors are Bolton School and Salford Business School.
The accident took abode at Manchester’s Principal Auberge and was hosted by presenter Nicholas Owen.
Auto Trader has stepped up a accessory as revenues and profits acceleration ahead.
The business saw almanac advance from new and absolute retail offerings including its banker accounts product, as able-bodied as announcement bales for dealerships.
The Manchester-headquartered business operates the UK’s bigger agenda automotive marketplace.
It has gone through a cogent transformation in contempo years.
Founded in 1977, the aggregation aboriginal produced accepted barter magazines beneath the appellation Thames Valley Trader.
It became accepted as Auto Trader in 1988 and started agenda assembly of the annual in 1995 and the aboriginal Auto Trader website was created two years afore Google was conceived.
Auto Trader is now a absolute digital, about traded business with a fast paced culture, a awful chump orientated access with addition sitting at its heart.
With over 9 actor visitors analytic and examination about bisected a actor car, van, and bike adverts from about 14,000 UK retailers, Auto Trader works with an absurd bulk of data.
Through the change of its agenda platforms and avant-garde abstracts products, the aggregation ‘continues to accomplish the car affairs action simple for customers.’
2017 was a able year for Auto Trader, which employs over 800 staff.
Pre-tax profits grew to £193.4m, up from £155m in the antecedent year. That was on revenues of £311.4m, up from £281.6m in 2016.
It additionally auspiciously acquired and chip Motor Barter Delivery, which will strengthen Auto Trader’s advance befalling in the trade-to-trade business.
On acceptable the about-face over £100m category, Alison Ross, belvedere & operations and bodies director, said the aggregation were ‘truly afflicted and proud,’ with their win.
She said: “We are a fast growing tech aggregation which is appreciative to be a Manchester business.
“Manchester is such a abundant burghal that has so abundant to offer.
“The business has been through a above transformation over contempo years and our agents accept formed abundantly adamantine to see the Auto Trader abound into the abundant aggregation it is today.
“We’re appreciative of the aggregation and appreciative to win this award.”
Manchester Airport arch appointment alfresco Greater Manchester: Vodafone UK
It may be bigger recognised as a all-around telecommunications aggregation but Manchester is strategically key to Vodafone.
It is the company’s best assuming burghal with 96% advantage and in acknowledgment they are a arresting Northern Powerhouse Accomplice as able-bodied as a key amateur in the Mayor’s GM Agenda Strategy.
This makes them aces winners of the Manchester Airport arch appointment alfresco Greater Manchester class – up adjoin the cast of Novosco and IT Lab Limited.
Established in 1984 as Rascal Strategic Radio it became an absolute aggregation in 1991 and is allotment of the Vodafone Group – the world’s additional bigger adaptable buzz company.
Interestingly, the aboriginal anytime adaptable buzz calls in the UK were fabricated on the Vodaphone arrangement in 1985.
Over the aftermost two years Vodafone has been heavily advance in its Arctic West armpit – The Northern Hub – based in Wythenshawe which now houses 1,700 bodies and includes a 1,200 bench advanced acquaintance centre and anew refurbished buildings.
And attractive to the approaching Manchester will abide a key armpit for the all-around abutting as they attending at affairs for 5G in the burghal region, rolling out in 2019.
Deploying committed calm architecture solutions to advance advantage and accommodation at key locations above Greater Manchester including Old Trafford, the Etihad, Trafford Centre and The Arndale and Manchester Arena is additionally on the radar.
They accept acceptable anatomy for advance in the arrangement with £2bn spent convalescent casework above the country back the alpha of 2014 and there are affairs to advance the aforementioned afresh in the abutting few years.
Turnover for Vodafone UK, which has its arch appointment in Berkshire, was £47.6bn in 2016/17 with £14.1bn accumulation afore tax.
Head of networks James Achievement said: “I am animated to win a business of the year accolade and with the advance of Vodafone over the aftermost three years.
“We are advance heavily into the arena and accepting a absolute appulse actuality in the Arctic West. We feel actual ashamed to win this accolade because we are massive supporters of Greater Manchester.”
British-owned acumen aggregation Cardinal Maritime is a absolute Manchester fairytale story.
The aggressive spirit of the architect has apparent the abutting accepting a ballast on the apple date as it now serves 500 ports.
This all-around amplification put them in prime position to win the Robert Walters About-face £50m-£100m accolade over DOMU Brands and Rayburn Trading.
Founded in Manchester, Cardinal Maritime now operates above seven sites in the UK and has seven added offices above Europe, Africa and China with affairs for three offices in Asia this year.
CEO Brian Hay said: “We abide accurate to our ability and ethics and bear these agitative developments for the account of our audience and stakeholders alike, afterwards ego, in the achievement that can accomplish our appetite and conceivably change the way in which apple barter is organised.”
Cardinal Maritime has four bazaar adverse brands: CardinalMaritime.com, Origin Logistics, far Acumen and Cardinal Plus.
They additionally serve abounding bounded businesses as audience including Character World, Ultimate Articles and Bigger Bathrooms.
Their casework ambit from bales consolidation, e-fulfillment, air, ocean and road-freight casework and specialised activity bales management.
Last year the business bankrupt all annal with about-face accretion by a ample 41.6 per cent from £59.58m to £84.34m.
2017 additionally saw the business architecture and body their third ability in Sharston creating a added 40 bounded jobs and accidental appear the about-face of Wythenshawe.
This amazing year and the amoebic advance as able-bodied as a admiring ability for advisers accomplish Cardinal Maritime a aces winner.
Brian added: “2017 was a cardinal year for us as we grew to £85m, an access of 41 per cent.
“We opened offices in Asia but the absolute amusement comes from creating jobs in Wythenshawe.”
Manchester-based annihilation and civilian engineering specialist P. P. O’Connor has gone from backbone to strength.
With a able adjustment book, the Irlam headquartered ancestors run business has enjoyed its best acknowledged year in 2017.
With 250 staff, the £31m about-face business is led by CEO Charmaine O’Connor.
Last year, the aggregation anchored the annihilation of the celebrated alarm and basic Queens Room at the Curragh Amphitheater in County Kildare, Eire.
Working in affiliation with J Murphy International, the works had to be agitated out affably due to the abutting adjacency to the racecourse.
Following this contract, the abutting has anchored a cardinal of projects in Dublin.
In Manchester, P. P. O’Connor has formed on the £750m Circle Square development on Oxford Road in Manchester.
The aggregation teamed up with John Sisk & Son adventure a 25 anniversary basement excavation.
Earlier this year, the aggregation completed Siemen’s car esplanade reconfiguration at Sir Williams House, Manchester and burst 54 Wenlock Way, Manchester, a 14-storey appointment belfry block which was above active by Manchester board offices.
In September, P. P. O’Connor additionally acquired Galvac out of administration.
Salford-based Galvac operated nationally and was allotment of civilian engineering architect GPL Group which entered into administering in August.
The accretion anchored 28 jobs.
On acceptable the about-face amid £25m-£50m category, CEO Charmaine O’Connor said: “This was a able class so to actually win is amazing.
“We are a growing business and accept a lot of agitative projects in the activity and I’m attractive advanced to demography the aggregation to the abutting level.”
Catering accumulation business H.G Stephenson has been activity back 1868 back it was founded by Henry George Stephenson.
Now 150 years afterwards the managing administrator is the founder’s abundant abundant grandson who goes by the aforementioned name.
In actuality the appreciative Stockport business has bristles ancestors of ancestors captivation and their affection for the aggregation put them in top atom for the Manchester Evening News About-face £10m – £25m award, seeing off antagonism from Sports Tours Internationals and Join The Dots.
Today Stephensons has become a ‘one-stop shop’ for the absolute UK hotel, restaurant and accouterment sectors, as able-bodied as actuality a basic point of abutment for confined and pubs.
Both articles are sourced anon from manufacturers and UK importers and can accommodate aggregate from ceramics and glasses to assemblage ovens to charwoman chemicals.
Having survived two apple wars, civic strikes and alike the adjournment of ancestors associates for abstraction Stephens is activity from backbone to backbone accepting re-located from Barton Arcade to the Kennerley Works armpit in Stockport.
Under the administration of Henry Stephenson agents numbers accept added from 25 to added than 100 and about-face has rocketed from £3.5m in 2005 to £14.7m in 2017/18.
He said: “I’m of the aesthetics that our history is fabulous, but we can not blow on our laurels.
“If we’re not aggressive or we absence a commitment it counts for actual little. It’s a nice anniversary to ability but we’re consistently attractive to the future.”
There may be some 150 years amid the accepted MD and his namesake who started the company, but they both allotment the aforementioned compassionate of what it takes to run a acknowledged business.
It is their affection for the product, an compassionate of the market, a alertness to embrace and acknowledge to new trends and abstruse advances as able-bodied as, crucially, a admiration to accommodate the chump with the appropriate product.
This has been a acceptable blueprint for added than a aeon and is the acumen they are one this year’s MEN Business of the Year winners.
Managing administrator Henry Stephenson said: “It is our 150th year and it is actually absurd to allotment that altogether with the MEN.
“We are a acceptable business, a retail company. We are not in aerial accounts or communications and we accept been bounded for 150 years.
“I anticipate we accept absolute ancestors ethics which is what makes up the DNA of our aggregation and we abide loyal to our Manchester roots.”
Large calibration developments in Greater Manchester is fuelling advance for Utilities Architecture and Planning.
The Salford aggregation works with bounded authorities, account companies, and clandestine area contractors to accommodate civilian engineering and cartage administering casework to a advanced ambit of organisations.
It is currently seeing appeal for utilities and carrion adjustment assignment and abuse assignment in Manchester.
Metrolink clue aliment assignment is appropriate every bristles years and as the curve are of assorted ages, it bureau UDP is in appeal for a connected beck of adjustment work.
The aggregation is currently alive on Manchester Airport’s £1bn transformation project, and with the basement investments planned for the arctic west region, UDP believes it has abundant befalling to abound and aggrandize the business.
UDP has 250 agents alive on projects above the UK including a new arrangement to advance Nottingham’s tram system.
Leeds and Liverpool accept additionally been articular as key areas for growth.
UDP, which was founded in 1996 by David Hilton and Noel Gallagher, accustomed advance from clandestine disinterestedness abutting Foresight Group in 2016 to accredit a above amplification drive.
The aggregation affairs to drive revenues from £7.2m in 2017 to £25m by 2022.
On acceptable the about-face amid £5m to £10m category, CEO Mike Flynn said he was ‘over the moon.’
“This accolade demonstrates the affection and affliction of our agents in the assignment that they do.
“We wouldn’t be actuality today if we didn’t accept a abundant aggregation of bodies abaft us.”
He added: “We additionally appetite to say a big acknowledge you to Foresight Group which has believed in us and is allowance us to bear our advance ambitions.”
Matillion is a software aggregation that builds abstracts affiliation articles for the cloud.
And they are on billow nine afterwards demography home the Salford Business School About-face Beneath £5m accolade for their aerial advance technology company. They faced boxy antagonism from Volcanic UK, Pioneer Group and Elucigene Diagnostics.
The acceptable abutting was founded in 2011 by CEO Matthew Scullion and arch technology administrator Ed Thompson who are both from Manchester.
They started the business, which now has offices in New York, Denver and Seattle alongside COO Peter McCord.
And it grew acknowledgment to adventure allotment from Manchester-based YFM Disinterestedness Partners and again Silicon Valley investors Sapphire Ventures and Calibration Adventure Partners.
Headquartered in Altrincham, they actualize abstracts affiliation accoutrement advised for use with a new bearing of billow abstracts warehouses.
As explained in their access anatomy ‘our barter are tech-savvy, intelligence and data-driven companies, that acknowledge speed, and are leveraging the billow for abstracts warehousing.’
And they actually accept an absorbing applicant list, including the cast of Siemans, ITV, Amazon.com, Fox Networks and HSBC.
More than 91% of Matillion’s acquirement is consign with the bigger bazaar actuality the US, which is amenable for 64% of revenue.
Looking at the numbers, aftermost year Matillion grew from $1.3m to $4.6m run amount and angled agents numbers from 25 to 50.
Revenue is accepted to appear out as £5.8m in 2018 and the leash are attractive to appoint a added 30-40 added agents – bringing the workforce abutting to 100 in Manchester.
And with a vested absorption in Manchester they are alive carefully with Manchester University and the University of Salford to breeding approaching tech aptitude in the region.
The winners told how Matillion were important because ‘everything today runs on data’.
In their access anatomy they wrote: “Data enables us to brainwash our children, body architectural wonders, augment the hungry, ability the world, affliction for the aged and sick, biking the apple and affect the abutting bearing to do things above our dreams.”
On acceptable the accolade Ed Thompson, CTO said: “It is absurd and I am actually appreciative of aggregate that we accept accomplished over the aftermost seven years.
“It is actually abundant to run a aggregation that is headquartered in Altrincham but demography on companies in the Silicon Valley.
“We do accept a attendance in the US but it will consistently be a Manchester business.”
Asked who they would like to assignment with abutting he added: “Anyone that has a charge for abstracts is a abeyant applicant of Matillion.”
Branding aggregation Noir Bureau started with two people, a board and a armchair in an appointment at Old Granada Studios.
Eighteen months later, the Ancoats-based bureau now has a able aggregation of 10 alive with audience from a ambit of sectors including fashion, technology, property, medical, accommodation and lifestyle.
Led by CEO Anthony Logan, Noir offers casework in analysis and cast strategy, cast character and communications, website architecture and development and amusing media agreeable and creation.
Rapid advance of the business has apparent it outgrow two offices – it is now based at Beehive Mill – with an appointment in London and a attendance in San Francisco.
Key audience wins accommodate all-around banking consultancy abutting JDX, which is a two time fast clue champ and employs 500 agents above the globe.
Noir afresh advised and developed an ecommerce website for Heath London, a cast with a ambit of accolade acceptable GQ featured and Waitrose abounding products.
Closer to home, Noir has formed a cardinal of projects.
It is managing the agenda communications and agreeable conception of celebrity haunt, Menagerie bar and restaurant, as able-bodied as creating a cast character and advertise website for iconic landmark, Toast Rack building.
On acceptable the adolescent business of the year award, Anthony said: “We’re actually captivated to win this award.
“We’re a adolescent business with some absolute aggressive affairs and so to win such a celebrated accolade at this date of our advance is fantastic.”
A brace of aggressive brothers accept hit the big time afterwards ambience up in business together.
CarFinance 247 is an online car accounts specialist which was founded in 2006 by ancestors Reg and Louis Rix. The business is apart owned, operating civic with added than 450 staff.
And acknowledgment to their avant-garde access they accept ‘blown the antagonism out of the water’ in the bazaar and won themselves the LDC Mitchell Henry Prize.
In 2018 CarFinance 247 started to accommodate anon to barter via its new 247 Money brand.
The business is growing at a faster amount than the acclimated car accounts industry and has become a key employer in the Arctic West. Aftermost year about-face grew by 60 per cent and accumulation was up by 129 per cent.
The business additionally relocated its 450 able workforce to Manchester’s Universal Square, with an advance amount of £2.5m for the fit out and features.
Staff numbers accept now ailing at 450 and with a cardinal of agitative new casework and agenda addition in the activity the abutting is on advance to about-face £50m this year.
In the access anatomy they said: “We are consistently innovating to abutment approaching growth, accepting laid able foundations for advancing bartering success with industry-first agenda technologies advised and congenital by our 50 able centralized technology team.”
This aspiration to abide growing and the affection they showed to the board during the presentations put them on top for the coveted final award-winning of the night.
Co-founder Louis Rix said: “It is a abruptness to win this accolade because we entered in addition class so we had no abstraction it was coming.
“Manchester is a abundant burghal to alpha a business and me and my brother accept consistently anticipation that back day one of ambience up here. It is a absolute advantage to assignment alongside so abounding abundant businesses.
“We appetite to amateur in admeasurement in agreement of the admeasurement of our lending and that is an important allotment of our business activity forward.”
Altrincham-based bivouac manufacturer, Cartwright Group, is now in its 66th year.
The business, which was founded by Stanley Cartwright with a simple branch specialising in balk affected agent drillmaster and bodywork, has broadcast operations above its accomplishment roots.
It now offers rental, agile services, and accounts to become a accurate ‘one-stop shop’ for bivouac needs, as able-bodied as ablution an consign drive and diversifying into conversions and airport arena abutment equipment.
Today, the £140m about-face business employs about 900 staff, and is the additional bigger bivouac architect in the UK.
At Cartwright’s 40 acre armpit added than £82m account of trailers were bogus over the aftermost year.
Its agile casework division, CFS, manages over 12,000 assets and covers the absolute country through bristles endemic bounded workshops, 50 adaptable technicians and a account accomplice arrangement of 125 suppliers.
Design and accomplishment addition is in its DNA acceptable it an enviable applicant portfolio, featuring some of the better names on Britain’s aerial Street.
From its canicule of bearing balk affected drillmaster and bodywork, the business has connected to advance in adjustment to accommodated anytime accretion bazaar demands through alms bespoke architecture and engineering, aerial affection manufacturing, bivouac and agent rental, agile services.
On actuality presented with the Board Choice Award, CEO Mark Cartwright said: “We are absolutely abashed to be awarded the Board Choice Award.
“As a Manchester business we are appreciative to be winners of the Manchester Evening News Business of the Year Awards.
“We accept some amazing and accomplished bodies throughout the business and this is a attestation to their adamantine work.”
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