Warburtons leader presents Cheshire’s most prestigious business awards

Posted on 6th November 2012

The Executive Director of one of the UK’s best known food manufacturers will present Cheshire’s most prestigious business awards in March next year at the University of Chester.

Ross Warburton MBE
Ross Warburton MBE

The Guest Speaker at the High Sheriff’s Awards for Enterprise will be Ross Warburton MBE, Executive Director of Warburtons.  Warburtons is the most popular bread in the UK and the company’s products are the second-best selling food and drink brand after Coca Cola.

The Awards offer thousands of pounds worth of prizes, with the winners announced at a presentation evening at the University’s Main Campus on March 21, 2013. Guests will include business leaders, sponsors, local politicians, judges and the finalists.

The High Sheriff’s Awards for Enterprise were introduced in 2006 by the then High Sheriff of Cheshire, David Briggs MBE, to recognise outstanding achievement by enterprises in Cheshire.

The Awards are now endorsed by each High Sheriff in office. Thanks to significant contributions from sponsors including Barclays, Bank of America, Cheshire Business Leaders, Cheshire East Council, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Cheshire & Warrington LEP,  CLICKCONSULT,DTM Legal, Marketing Cheshire, Mornflake, Oliver Valves, Roberts Bakery, Trinity Mirror Cheshire, Warrington Borough Council and the University of Chester. The Awards represent one of the highest values of any competition of its kind in the county.

The Office of the High Sheriff is a royal post, which dates back to Saxon times. Mr William Lees-Jones, Managing Director of brewers JW Lees based in Manchester has taken office as High Sheriff of Cheshire 2012/13.

The winner of the High Sheriff’s Award for Enterprise, supported by Barclays, will receive a free place for one of its appropriately qualified managers on the award-winning MBA programme at the University of Chester worth £10,000. Winners of the Bank of America Award for Corporate Social Responsibility and the Mornflake Oats Awards for Innovation will win £3,000 each.

These three Awards are open to businesses with an annual turnover of at least £500,000 and which employ between five and 250 members of staff.  The entrants are required to demonstrate outstanding performance and explain their strategy to ensure that the company will continue to expand and flourish in the future.

This year there are also two new prizes.

The Cheshire Business Leaders Award for the Outstanding Cheshire and Warrington Business Leader will recognise an exceptional business person who has shown exceptional vision and leadership at the helm of a successful and growing business that has also contributed to the development and reputation of the whole sub-region. Nominations for the award are welcomed from individuals running businesses of all sizes. The winner will be awarded free membership of Cheshire Business Leaders, worth £500 a year.

The Cheshire Business Leaders Award for the Cheshire and Warrington Young Entrepreneur is open to individuals aged 30 years or under (as at December 31, 2012) and are running a business that has been trading for a maximum of three years. The judges will look for growth in turnover and/or profits, job creation, developing new markets and long term potential of the business to determine a winner. The winner will receive a prize of £500 to invest in their business as well as free mentoring and business support from Cheshire Business Leaders.

The winners of both Cheshire Business Leaders Awards will also be invited to attend the annual Cheshire Ambassadors lunch at the Chester Grosvenor Hotel and Spa, hosted by His Grace, The Duke of Westminster, the University’s Chancellor.

Professor Phil Harris, Executive Dean of the University of Chester’s Faculty of Business, Enterprise and Lifelong Learning and Westminster Chair of Marketing and Public Affairs, said:

“We are delighted at this critical point in driving forward the economy again to be hosting and managing the High Sheriff’s Awards for Enterprise which recognises the leaders in business and management development in our region. There are some stunning businesses to learn from which show the high quality entrepreneurial skills and drive of some of the most inventive businesses in Europe.

“We are particularly pleased to be welcoming Ross Warburton MBE to present the awards to our inspiring business winners.

“We look forward to welcoming the winner of a place on the MBA programme and offer them the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of studying at the University of Chester.”

To enter the High Sheriff’s Awards for Enterprise choose a category or categories, complete the application form and submit it with a supporting statement (in no more than two pages) encapsulating your business achievements in relation to the category you are entering. In addition you may include any relevant company brochures to support your entry.

Application forms can be: downloaded online at: www.chester.ac.uk/highsheriff-enterprise emailed to c.menzies@chester.ac.uk 

or posted to Catherine Menzies, Chester Business School, University of Chester, Parkgate Road CH1 4BJ.

Deadline for entries is Thursday, January 3, 2013.