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Taking Pride in our businesses

I don’t need to remind anyone we are living in difficult times, but rather than feel defeated by the economic climate we are facing it is important that we highlight and celebrate the success of the many inspirational people and businesses that are shining despite the challenges.

Last May’s Pride of Tameside Business Awards did just that and showcased many dynamic  local companies and inspirational business people who are demonstrating innovation and flair to achieve their ambitions.

Amongst the winners last year were Bradley’s Bakery of Hurst Cross who are opening up fresh markets by developing new fillings for their pies and Bizzy Bouncers, a children’s indoor play area who won the start-up business of the year award.  Its owners are two local entrepreneurs, Jennifer Massey and Emma Kinsella who had the self-confidence and drive to open a new business like this when money is so tight. 

It’s go-getting people and exciting ventures like this which are helping to create much needed new jobs and keep the local economy thriving.

Preparations are already underway for this year’s business awards which will take place on 18 May.  All Tameside businesses can apply, regardless of size or turn over and nominations for the eight categories are open until the 16 April.

You can either nominate yourself or other businesses or individuals so if you know of a deserving candidate I would encourage you to put them forward.

Full details of the event and all categories are available on the Pride of Tameside website. Just click on the link below to download a form for any of the eight categories.

Last year’s awards were a timely reminder of the innovation, flair and business acumen in Tameside.  This borough has more than enough talent to ride the economic storm and build a bright and prosperous future.

I’m looking forward to seeing the entries for the 2012 awards.  Shortlisting takes place at New Charter Academy, Ashton, on Monday April 16. I’m sure that we will once again be inspired by many more exciting success stories.

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