Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Praise for Top-Class Entries as Shortlist Revealed for M.E.N. Business of the Year Awards

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Praise for Top-Class Entries as Shortlist Revealed for M.E.N. Business of the Year Awards

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FROM fashion to food and travel to technology, firms from a diverse range of sectors have made the shortlist for this year's MEN Business of the Year Awards. The event will take place on November 12 at Manchester's Midland Hotel. It is sponsored by PwC, The Manchester College, Hill Dickinson and Robert Walters, with Turkish Airlines as premium sponsor and Bolton School as a category sponsor. More than 100 companies entered and judges spent months visiting each entrant before gathering to agree shortlists for each category.

And now they have reached their conclusion.

The finalists in the turnover of Pounds 100m are Cheadle-based travel firm On The Beach, which makes the shortlist for the second year running and will go into the prize-giving evening with having just completed an IPO.

It will go up against IT security company NCC Group, which has just announced a move to new offices in Spinningfields, Manchester. The third finalist is coach and holiday specialist Shearings Group, headquartered in Wigan, while Manchester Airports Group celebrates a hat-trick of shortlistings, having won the top prize in 2013 and making it through as a finalist last year.

There are three firms in the Pounds 50m-100m category, which include hospitality firm Living Ventures, which is behind venues including the city centre's Manchester House, Australasia and The Alchemist.

It is joined by Alderley Edge-based Chess Telecom and Trafford Park fashion firm Missguided, which was one of last year's winners.

In the Pounds 25m-50m category, pet food supplier MPM Products, of Macclesfield, makes the shortlist and is up again White-field- based Rainbow Cosmetics and data centre specialist Sudlows, based on Hulme Hall Lane, Manchester. Four businesses made the shortlist in the Pounds 10m-25m category, starting with Chadderton-headquartered Zen Office. …

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