Iceland Foods Chief presents the High Sheriff’s Awards for Enterprise

Posted on 9th March 2011

One of the region’s most successful businessmen will present the awards at this year’s High Sheriff’s Awards for Enterprise.

Malcolm Walker CBE, Founder and Chief Executive of Iceland Foods Limited, will meet the winners at Cheshire’s most prestigious business awards.

The Awards offer thousands of pounds worth of prizes, with the winners announced at a presentation evening at the University of Chester’s main campus on March 23.Guests will include business leaders, judges and the finalists.

The finalists have now been short-listed and the judging panel have carried out visits to each business to meet those involved and find out more about their operations.

The initiative was introduced in 2006 by the then High Sheriff of Cheshire, David Briggs MBE, to recognise outstanding achievement by enterprises in Cheshire, Halton and Warrington.It is now endorsed by each High Sheriff in office.

Thanks to significant contributions from sponsors including Barclays Bank, Bank of America, Mornflake, Bolesworth Estate, Cheshire East Council, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Flowcrete, Halton Borough Council and the University of Chester, this represents one of the highest values of any competition of its kind in the county.

The winning company will receive a free place for one of its managers on the award-winning MBA programme at the University of Chester worth £10,000.

Two cash prizes worth £3,000 each in the categories of Corporate Social Responsibility (Bank of America) and Innovation (Mornflake Oats) will also be awarded.

The Awards are open to businesses with an annual turnover of at least £500,000 that employ between five and 250 members of staff.

The entrants will be required to demonstrate outstanding performance and explain their strategy to ensure that the company will continue to expand and flourish in the future.

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’ve seen some sensational and inspirational cutting edge companies and business people this year making wonderful contributions to our region’s competiveness, and the University’s quality of supporting our community and its sustainable development.”