Manchester Evening News Business of the Year Awards 2012

The Manchester Evening News Business of the Year Awards took place on the evening of Wednesday 7th November. A few of us attended the ceremony at Manchester Town Hall to celebrate Web Applications UK being a finalist for Business of the Year in the under £10m turnover category.

As we arrived, suitably dressed for the black tie occasion, we were greeted with a champagne reception and an opportunity to network with the other businesses in attendance. The three course dinner was delicious while speculation about who would win was all we could talk about.

Various speakers had their say about business in Greater Manchester, including Kevin Feddy, Business Editor of the Manchester Evening News and representatives from the sponsors. Our host for the evening was Nicky Campbell, a radio and television presenter and journalist. He spoke of the BBC’s move to MediaCityUK on Salford Quays and the astoundingly positive effect it has had on the organisation and individuals within it.

Our award category was one of the first meaning that as soon as the awards began, our anticipation was quickly building. Rossendale-based firm, One Iota were awarded the award for Young Business of the Year for their innovative approach to mobile commerce technology for retailers. Then it was the turn of the Business of the Year (under £10m turnover)…

As with the other categories, a short video for each finalist was played. Ours featured a voiceover from our Chief Executive, Craig Dean as the camera panned around assorted parts of our office, capturing Web Applications UK in action. Just when the anticipation became almost too much to bear, the winner was announced – UK Point of Sale. There’s no denying that we were all disappointed but we were happy to celebrate the success of other local businesses. And hey, with the other awards we have won this year, we can’t win them all!

Other winners from the night included NES Global Talent, Oliver Valves and Better Bathrooms. It’s wonderful to see so many local businesses doing extraordinarily well, particularly in these tough economic times.

Entertainment after the ceremony was provided by Manchester cover band, The Badcats. While most flocked to the bar, we were hooked into listening to them covering great songs such as Better Together – Jack Johnson and Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Bob Marley.

The evening was great fun, spending time celebrating our successes – we feel honoured to have been a finalist. As for the win; maybe next year!