Are you one of the best businesses in Cheshire? Nominations are now open for the High Sheriff’s Awards for Enterprise.

Posted on 6th October 2016

The High Sheriff’s Awards for Enterprise 2016/17, Cheshire’s most prestigious business accolades, are now open for entries. 

In their 11th Anniversary year, the Awards offer thousands of pounds worth of prizes, as well as access to a network of support across Cheshire and a promotional opportunity for local businesses.

The winners will be announced at a presentation evening on March 23 2017 in the stunning surroundings of Chester Racecourse. Guests will include business leaders, judges and the finalists.

The overall winner of the High Sheriff’s Award for Enterprise, sponsored by Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), LDF and O2, will receive a free place (worth £10,000) for one of its appropriately qualified managers on the University of Chester’s award-winning MBA programme. .

  • Winners of the High Sheriff’s Award for Responsible Business Practice, sponsored by Your Housing Group; the Mornflake Oats Award for Innovation; the Roberts Bakery Family Business Award of Excellence and the Award for Training, Development and Opportunity sponsored by Chess and Click Consult will win £3,000 each.

The winners of the two new Apprenticeship Awards, sponsored by Barlows Electrical, will each win £2,000.

The winner of the Cheshire Business Exporter of the Year, sponsored by the West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce and ESL Fuels, will win a package of support to help research and develop overseas trade in one new market.

  • The winner of the Cheshire Business Leaders (CBL) Award for Outstanding Cheshire and Warrington Business Leader will receive £500.
  • The winner of the Cheshire Business Leaders Award for the Cheshire and Warrington Entrepreneur of the Year will receive £500 worth of prize money to invest in their business plus free mentoring and business support to the value of £500 from CBL members. 

The Awards were introduced in 2006 by the then High Sheriff of Cheshire, David Briggs MBE, now Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, to recognise outstanding achievement by enterprises in Cheshire. The Awards are now endorsed and developed by each High Sheriff in office.

Kathy CowellThe Office of the High Sheriff is a royal post, which dates back to Saxon times. The current High Sheriff of Cheshire, Kathy Cowell, (pictured left) said: “As High Sheriff of Cheshire for 2016/17 I am delighted to be presiding over these business awards. During my year in office my focus is on volunteering and I’m very much looking forward to seeing the range of businesses we have across the region in this and other areas.”

Professor Phil Harris, Executive Director of the University of Chester’s Business Research Institute, said: “Cheshire, Warrington and Halton have a tremendous range of businesses and these Awards celebrate the wide breadth and diversity of some wonderful companies, people and businesses that make up our regional economy.

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

Thanks to significant contributions from sponsors including the University of Chester; Cheshire and Warrington LEP; LDF; O2; Your Housing Group; Mornflake; Roberts Bakery; Chess; Click Consult; Barlows Electrical; ESL Fuels; West Cheshire & North Wales Chamber of Commerce; Cheshire Business Leaders; Cheshire West and Chester Council; Warrington Borough Council; Cheshire East Council; Halton Borough Council; Ellis & Co, Chester Racecourse; Marketing Cheshire; Trinity Mirror Cheshire; Chester Business Club; Land of Beds; Balfour Beatty; OBI Property; Airbus; Urenco; Knights; DTM Legal and Barclays, the Awards represent one of the highest values of any competition of its kind in the county.

For more information visit and download an entry form.

The closing date for entries is Monday, October 31, 2016.

Further information can be obtained from Sally Williamson, Business Research Institute, or telephone 01244 512888.