The One Oldham Business Awards 2012

Jack Simpson

Head of Marketing and Communications

So it goes

The One Oldham Business Awards took place on Friday 2nd March, and as we were sponsoring the award for Business of the Year (£1-5m) we went to join the celebrations.


Upon arriving at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oldham we were greeted with a pink champagne reception and joined 450 other guests in the bar area before sitting down to a delicious dinner. During this time we were entertained by classical singer Martin Toal and Emily Beth playing violin.


After dinner, the Oldham Business Awards ceremony began, presented by Martyn Torr, the Business Editor of the Oldham Chronicle, with his glamorous assistant Polly Patrick. All the finalists for each award were invited to the stage as we watched a short video showing why they have been chosen. The winner was presented with the prize by a representative from the sponsor of their award.


Craig Dean, our Chief Executive, presented the award for Business of the Year (£1-5m) and was introduced as an inspiration to Oldham. The finalists were Adamsons Vehicle Care Centre, Optima Cars and The Regional Science Centre. Huge congratulations to the winner – Optima Cars!

Optima Cars was founded in 2004 by managing director Martin Thomas as a franchise of the leasing agent Vehicle Consulting. Martin has since grown his operation with co-owner Mark Rouse by entering the used car sales market. The worthy winners were selected due to their resilience and innovation which saw them grow at a rapid rate at a time where most businesses were exercising caution due to the economic downturn.

As seen in the picture below (left) from Wednesday’s Oldham Chronicle, last year Craig won the Businessman of the Year Award. Craig’s successor was Gavin Wheeldon (right) – the Chief Executive of Applied Language Solutions Ltd – who won Businessman of the Year 2012.


At the end of the ceremony came a surprise award to the host Martyn Torr for Contribution to the Community, a new award introduced this year. Thank you to Martyn, the organisers and other sponsors for a great night. We wish all the winners, finalists and nominees continued success!