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Edition No. 210

Date:- 17  July 2005

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NORTH WEST’S TOP BUSINESSES HONOURED

WINNERS of The National Business Awards 2005, North West England Regional Finals were presented with their coveted Awards at a glittering gala ceremony at the Palace Hotel, Manchester on Wednesday 12 of July. Over 600 business leaders, press and other VIP’s attended the prestigious Awards dinner.

Hundreds of companies entered the North West England Regional Finals of The National Business Awards, sponsored by Orange. Acknowledged by The Chancellor of the Exchequer as “the UK’s business Oscars", the Awards recognise and reward excellence, innovation and success. They are open to companies of all sizes and from any sector. Winners now advance as finalists in The National Business Awards programme on the 8 of November in London.

Manchester-based iSOFT Group plc, a world-class provider of advanced healthcare application solutions, collected The CMS Cameron McKenna Business of the Year Award. The Gadbrook Park Contact Centre of Barclays Bank plc received The Employer of the Year Award. Galleria Retail Technology Solutions Ltd of Alsager, Cheshire, provider of software solutions for the retail sector, scored a notable double taking The Best Use of Technology Award and The Business Innovation of the Year Award

IdentiKids Limited of Bury collected the Orange Award for Bright Business, innovators in identity systems for vulnerable people. The Credit Suisse Entrepreneur of the Year Award honoured Mark Weir, director of the Honister Slate Mine in the depths of the Lake District. The Morecome-based national network of florists Flowers Direct Online Limited received the AXA Small to Medium Sized Business of the Year Award. Event Marketing Solutions, who have managed more than 2500 highly successful commercial and charity events, took the Growth Strategy of the Year Award.

jmc.it of Manchester, who design, supply and support complete computer systems for the SME sector, were awarded The Award for Business Improvement Through People and The Customer Focus Award. Neales Waste Management of Templeborough, Rotherham, leading exemplars of controlled waste management, won the The HSE Health & Safety Award.

“The quality of entries in the 2005 Regional Finals of The National Business Awards has been outstanding.

Across the 5 regional programmes this year, combined sales revenue of all entrants represented over £30 billion. The same group employs almost a quarter million people helping to generate £7 billion in profit.” said Adrian Tripp, Chief Executive of the Awards

“In this, the 4th year of Orange’s headline sponsorship, a record number of businesses have entered. All participants in the regional programme have shown passion, determination and originality - we wish them every success in future,” said Neil Laidler, business customer development director Orange UK.

Illustrated talk on archaeological dig

AN ARCHAEOLOGIST will be giving a presentation on an excavation in the beautiful village of Lymm, in the borough of Warrington, as part of a regeneration project. The Lymm's Life Project, an initiative to boost access to the natural history of the village, links Lymm Dam, Slitten Gorge, the Trans Pennine Trail and the Bridgewater Canal.

As part of the project, an 18th century iron-slitting mill in Slitten Gorge is undergoing an archaeological dig. To raise awareness of the dig, the Lymm Environment and Heritage Group will be hosting an illustrated talk by Ian Miller of Oxford Archaeology North, who is leading the excavation.

The talk is free and will be held on Monday 25 July (at 7.30pm) in Lymm Village Hall.

Tim Baker, Area Ranger for Lymm and Thelwall, said:- "The talk is for anyone who would like to know more about this excavation and the Lymm's Life Project in general. Ian will cover the mill's history, details of the excavation and the proposals for its future preservation".

There will also be an opportunity to view some of the historical documentation from the mill's operational life.

Orangemans Day in Southport

THE National Order of the Orange Lodge descended on Southport for their annual parade on 12 July. The pubs all over the Town center where full and the sun was beaming out on the parades all day long. The parade was well attended with lodges from all over the UK attending.

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