Last night a delegation from Web Applications UK attended the second annual Oldham Business Awards, celebratory high-fives ensued.
Let’s take a moment to look at the entertainment for the evening, it was really quite impressive. The Awards ceremony and dinner were held at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in Oldham, the go-to venue for all major Oldham events. The dining hall was full which indicates that about 400 people were in attendance; looking around it would have been difficult to find an empty seat. The evening began with a casino night, upon entry everyone was given one free chip with the opportunity to buy more if desired. The person with the most chips at the end of the night won something (I’m not sure what, my chip was gone within 30 seconds). All of the proceeds from the casino night were donated to Dr. Kershaw’s Hospice which is also one of former Mayor McArdle’s favourite charities.
Whilst on the subject of charities, there was a raffle at the end of the night, the proceeds gained from the raffles are to go to the Oldham Youth Zone project – Mahdlo. There were three prizes to be won through the raffle: Two Lufthansa Business Class tickets to anywhere in Germany; Dinner, Bed and Breakfast at The White Hart Lydgate; and The Winner’s weight in beer from JW Lees.
We also had some excellent performances throughout dinner – everyone loves a little chair dancing. Danny Price, who lives nearby in Derker, is a dancer and choreographer who has worked with some very impressive people like Janet Jackson, Run DMC, David Bowie and Madonna.
Danny was nominated for a Pride in Oldham award in 2009 and currently teaches dance to young people. During dinner we learned such skills as elbow touching, popping collars and attitude chins. Unfortunately some of the difficult moves were just too much for me to remember, brush your shoulder, touch your nose… (I wish I was joking) in the end it was good fun and we all managed not to elbow anyone else in the face which was a great personal achievement. We all know the Web Applications motto: Developers Don’t Dance –no developers were able to make it this time from WAUK, we were all safe.
Also providing much amusement for his dinner jacket as well as his voice was Victor Michael. Victor Michael is from Manchester and attended Oldham Hulme Secondary School, and has now travelled all over the world as an opera singer. He treated us to some great culture-rich songs like, O Sole Mio (Just one cornetto) and Tom Jones’ Delilah, what, Wales has culture. The last of the evening entertainment was a local Irish Dancing School which put on a very impressive performance, especially some of the younger children.
And now, we come to the Awards. As you may have guessed from the title of this article, Craig won the Businessman of the Year Award; we are very proud of him. In our opinion Craig was the big winner of the night, though we should probably mention the other winners during the night.
|Businessman of the Year||Craig Dean
|Young Entrepreneur||Mike Hamilton
Ryan Davies and Kieran Birch
|Ryan Davies and Kieran Birch|
|Retailer of the Year||Miller’s Florist
Face & Body Shop
|Start-up Business of the Year||Ryan Davies Photography
Pure Dance Academy
Breakey and Nuttall Chartered Surveyors
|Pure Dance Academy|
|Businesswoman of the Year||Mandy Tierney
AlternEnergy – Groundwork
|AlternEnergy and Groundwork|
|Innovation and Design||SDR Sportscars
|Business of the Year <1m||Pelican PR
Face & Body Shop
|Face & Body Shop|
|Business of the Year 1-5m||Adamsons Vehicle Repair Centre
|Adamsons Vehicle Repair Centre|
|Business of the Year >5m||Applied Language Solutions
|Applied Language Solutions|
We want to thank the Oldham Chronicle (and Martyn Torr in particular) and the OBA Steering group for putting together a great night of entertainment. We’re looking forward to next year’s event!