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It certainly highlights, and will hopefully deservedly further promote, the vast extent of the design and artistic talent we enjoy across the county

I am delighted to be presiding over this year’s High Sheriff’s Awards for Enterprise. The Awards were introduced in 2006 by the then High Sheriff of Cheshire David Briggs, MBE, KStJ, to recognise outstanding achievements by enterprises in Cheshire, Halton and Warrington, and have grown to become Cheshire’s prime business awards event.

They acknowledge and celebrate the endeavours and success of so many businesses and individuals across the county and their much valued contribution to our regional economy. This year, I am delighted to introduce a new category to the Awards – the Design Award. There is growing recognition of the value of early intervention in mental health and social care through social prescribing. Engaging people in cultural and creative activity as a way of combating loneliness and isolation, and helping prevent the progression into worsening health and long term conditions.

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Alexis Redmond MBE, High Sheriff of Cheshire
Alexis Redmond MBE,  High Sheriff of Cheshire, 2018/19
Through Crimebeat and the High Sheriff’s Fund within the Cheshire Community Foundation, I am supporting projects involved in culture and the arts during my year of office, focussing on Cheshire’s creativity and spirit of community to help deliver improved social prescribing, and a friendly connection for people to professional support and services. This award recognises the invaluable contribution that creativity, design in its widest sense, makes to our overall well-being and quality of life.

It certainly highlights, and will hopefully deservedly further promote, the vast extent of the design and artistic talent we enjoy across the county. I encourage individuals as well as organisations to enter this category and take the opportunity of potentially benefitting from this valuable, specifically targeted, bespoke prize.

The Awards for Enterprise are an exciting part of the High Sheriff’s calendar and I look forward to being part of the judging process and meeting the entrants. I must give grateful thanks to the generous contributions from the sponsors, the Awards represent one of the highest values of any competition of its kind in the county.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries regarding the categories, or require further guidance on entering.