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The Awards will host Cheshire’s leading entrepreneurs and business leaders to celebrate outstanding business achievement across private sector organisations of all shapes and sizes.

Network and socialise with business leaders, entrepreneurs and reward your employees for their hard work and dedication in 2019.

You can sponsor a whole table of ten or buy individual tickets.  Please contact Sally Williamson for table sponsorship or buy individual tickets here.

2020 Guest Speaker - Nisha Katona is the CEO Mowgli Street Food, founder of Mowgli Trust charity.

Nisha Katona is the CEO, executive and development chef of Mowgli Street Food restaurants and founder of the Mowgli Trust charity.

Founded in 2014, the Indian Street Food restaurant opened its doors on Bold Street, Liverpool, whilst Nisha worked full-time as a child protection Barrister. Since giving up the security of the Bar, Mowgli Street Food has now grown to ten restaurants across the nation.

Mowgli Street Food is recognised as one of the nation’s fastest growing companies according to The Sunday Times Fast Track 100 Management Team and was awarded by them, Best Management Team.

Nisha received an MBE in the 2019 New Year Honours List for services in the Food Industry.  She was awarded Honorary Fellowship at Liverpool John Moores University and Honorary Doctorate at Edge Hill University.

Nisha is also the author of 3 cookbooks: The Spice Tree, The Mowgli Cookbook and Pimp My Rice. She has also worked extensively as a business and food expert, on several food projects across the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 and Radio 4

Nisha founded and chairs The Mowgli Trust which is the charitable limb of the restaurant and supports local and world by donating over £500k each year and that figure grows by an additional £40k on average per site built.

2019 Guest Speaker - Roger Johnson, BBC North West.

Roger Johnson is the face of the BBC in the north west.  He has presented BBC North West Tonight since 2011 and is also a familiar face on BBC Breakfast.  His interviews range from Prime Ministers to England football managers and he has developed a reputation with the audience for a no-nonesence interviewing style.  Roger grew up in Stoke-on-Trent and has appeared on a variety of programmes - in both news and sport.  In fact, he holds the distinction of (probably) being the only person to commentate on Match of the Day and read the BBC News on the same day!  Roger lives with his family in Cheshire.

2018 Guest Speaker - Dr Sandeep Ranote.

Dr Sandeep Ranote is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist leading young people's eating disorder services and Director of clinical networks at North West Boroughs NHS Foundation Trust.  Her published research includes perinatal neuroimaging and eating disorders.  She has been clinical advisor to The National Children's museum 'Eureka' and currently sits on the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Eating Disorder and Child and adolescent Faculty executive committees. 

She is a professional media expert for the charity BEAT, Royal College of Psychiatrists and regular contributor to a range of newspapers and magazines.  She is the lead for I-thrive North in partnership with Thrive (Anna Freud and Tavistock Portman) to develop their first training academy outside of London.  She is a contributing author to the Royal College of Psychiatrists' book 'The Female Mind' and was awarded a fellowship to the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2014.

2017 Guest Speaker - John Amaechi OBE, Amaechi Performance Systems.

John Amaechi OBE is a psychologist, high-performance coach, and New York Times best-selling author.  He is CEO of Amaechi Performance Systems, a leadership consultancy operating in Europe and the United States.  APS partners with senior leaders within business, educational, sporting, and philanthropic organisations to help them develop their human capital, and provide solutions to intractable people problems.

2016 Guest Speaker - John Roberts, founding Director AO.

John Roberts is a founding Director and established the business of the AO World Plc in 2000.  Having previously worked extensively in the kitchen appliance industry, he has been instrumental in using the internet as a platform to change the way in which kitchen appliances are sold in the United Kingdom. Since co-founding the Group,

John has presided over the evolution of the business and led the management team, which has successfully developed and expanded the Group’s business during periods of challenging market conditions, with a limited capital base.  He is from Bolton and is a passionate supporter of staff participation in local charitable causes.

  •         Ranked 2nd in the 2013 best companies best leader list
  •         Ranked 7th in the Management Today’s Top 100 Entrepreneurs 2014

2015 Guest Speakers - Prof Phil Redmond CBE and Mrs Alexis Redmond MBE.

Phil Redmond is best known for creating three of Britain's longest running drama programmes, Grange Hill, Brookside and Hollyoaks.  Phil set up Mersey Television in 1981 as a vehicle for his own work and he and his wife and partner Alexis, a Chartered Accountant, built the business into the biggest independent drama production company in UK before selling in 2005.

Since then they have continued to be involved in many creative and community based ventures.  Alexis has held several non-executive director, governor and trustee roles, including Riverside Housing Association, John Moores University, National Museums Liverpool and NHS Alder Hey Charity.  Phil was Deputy Chair and Creative Director of Liverpool's hugely successful year in 2008 as Europe's Capital of Culture.  As a result of the significant beneficial impact of that year, culturally and economically, he was asked to establish the UK's City of Culture programme by the government, Derry-Londonderry being the first successful bid for the title and to enjoy a great year in 2013.  Hull are due to celebrate their year as City of Culture in 2017.  He is currently Chair of National Museums Liverpool.

2014 Guest Speaker - Tom Bloxham MBE, Chairman Urban Splash Ltd.

Tom Bloxham MBE is chairman and founder of award winning regeneration company Urban Splash, which has received 327 awards to date for architecture, design and business success. The company is responsible for development projects across the country, including Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield, Bristol, Plymouth and Morecambe.

In 1999 Tom was awarded an MBE for Services to Architecture and Urban Regeneration.Tom also upholds a number of other positions including; Chairman of Manchester International Festival, trustee of Tate and the Manchester United Foundation, and Chancellor of the University of Manchester.

2013 Guest Speaker - Ross Warburton MBE, Executive Director.

The Warburtons brand is the most popular bread in the United Kingdom, ahead of rivals Kingsmill and Hovis, a position it has held since 2008. Overall, Warburtons products are the second-best selling food and drink brand in the UK after Coca Cola and ahead of famous British brands such as Cadburys and Walkers.

In 1980, Ross graduated from Oriel College, University of Oxford, after reading Politics, Philosophy and Economics, (PPE). He then went on to work in the City for five years as an Investment Manager for Invesco before joining the family business in 1985.

In 1991, he was elected Executive Chairman, where he oversaw the rapid expansion of the Company. He stepped down from this position in 2001 and continues to play an active role in the family business.

Ross also pursues other business interests. From 2007-10 he was Non Executive Chairman of Jordans Ryvita, a joint venture between ABF and the Jordan Family. He was formerly Chairman of Uniq Plc, Richmond Foods Plc and Marlow Foods.  Ross became Chairman of the Institute for Family Business in 2011.

2012 Guest Speaker - Dr Pete Waterman OBE, DL, Record Producer and lifelong entrepreneur.

Dr Pete Waterman OBE, DL is the most successful British producer-songwriter in pop history, an author, DJ, Pop Idol judge and television presenter and a lifelong entrepreneur with a wide range of business interests.

A senior statesman of the music industry with over forty years’ experience, Pete has sold in excess of 500 million records around the world and been instrumental in the development of dozens of internationally successful acts such as Kylie Minogue, John Travolta, Rick Astley, Dead Or Alive, Bananarama and Steps. Inspired by meeting the Beatles as a teenager, he worked as a DJ and A&R Consultant throughout the 1970s, finally establishing PWL, his own world-famous production company and record label, in the mid-80s.

As one-third of the phenomenally successful Stock Aitken Waterman songwriting and production team, Pete scored an unrivalled run of global hits in the 80s and 90s, launching many new acts and collaborating with established music legends including Paul McCartney, Cliff Richard, Donna Summer and the Three Degrees. Penning such pop classics as Never Gonna Give You Up and I Should Be So Lucky, SAW gained countless international industry awards, from BMI in the USA to the BPI in Britian and JASRAC in Japan.

Beyond music, Pete has a lifelong passion for the railways. His first job was as a fireman (stoker) on British Railways and today he is the proud owner of significant collections of commercial and historic locomotives (at one time including the legendary ‘Flying Scotsman’) and rolling stock, the largest O-gauge model railway in Europe and Just Like The Real Thing, his own model railway company. Since founding the London & North Western Railway (LNWR) in 1993, Pete has continued to contribute massively to the preservation and development of this historic and essential industry, even leading the successful campaign for a National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering.

In 2001, Pete was made an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration by Coventry University for his services to the pop industry and, in 2004, an Honorary Doctor in Music by the University of Liverpool. In 2005, Pete was awarded the OBE for his services to music in the Queen’s New Year’s List and most recently was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Cheshire.

2011 Guest Speaker - Malcolm Walker CBE, Founder & CEO, Iceland Foods Ltd.

Malcolm Walker is an entrepreneur to his fingertips. Born in Yorkshire in 1946, his first venture was as a dance promoter while he was still at grammar school. Leaving without conspicuous academic qualifications, he immediately identified retailing as the way to make his fortune, and began work as a trainee manager at Woolworths. Iceland was founded as a sideline in 1970 with a single small shop in Oswestry selling loose frozen food, and a starting capital of just £30.

Malcolm has only ever had three paid jobs, and so far he’s been fired from two of them. Discovery of his extracurricular interest in frozen food prompted his dismissal by Woolworths in 1971, but luckily this provided the catalyst for a rapid expansion of Iceland into a national chain which by 2000 had £2 billion of sales, 22,000 employees and over 700 shops. Malcolm was Chairman and Chief Executive through 30 years of continuous sales growth, in all but one of which the company also increased its profits.

Following the acquisition of the Booker cash and carry business in April 2000, Iceland became a food group with sales of £5.5 billion. Malcolm was fired for the second time in his life in January 2001, and responded by founding his second new frozen food retail business, Cooltrader. Meanwhile Iceland, renamed The Big Food Group, floundered under its new management for four painful years, losing focus, sales and market share to become one of those companies that cannot be mentioned in the press without the adjective ‘troubled’.

The Big Food Group was rescued from severe financial difficulties by a takeover in February 2005, when Malcolm returned to Iceland as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the consortium that took the company private. Under his leadership the morale and performance of the business have been transformed to make Iceland once again one of the most remarkable success stories in UK food retailing.

In its financial year to March 2009 Iceland reported its fourth consecutive year of double-digit like-for-like sales growth and EBITDA up 36% to £163 million. It also announced a major new store opening programme for the current financial year, adding 70 new stores and creating some 3,500 new jobs. Iceland was also recognised by the Sunday Times as one of the Best Companies to Work For in the UK.

2010 Guest Speaker - John Timpson C.B.E. Chief Executive of Timpson Ltd.

John Timpson was educated at Oundle and Nottingham University.The Timpson family business was taken over in 1973, but 10 years later John led a £42m management buyout. In 1987 he sold the shoe shops and concentrated on building the shoe repairing and key cutting business, which has diversified into engraving, watch repairs, dry cleaning and photo processing.

Timpson now has over 850 branches nationwide with a turnover of £150m and profits of over £10m. It is a private business wholly owned by John Timpson and his family.

Mr Timpson has been married to his wife Alex for 42 years and they live in Cheshire. They have five children Victoria (40), James (38), Edward (36), together with Oliver (34) and Henry (22). Mr & Mrs Timpson were foster carers for 31 years during which time they fostered 90 children.

In 2000 he wrote ‘Dear James,’ which passes on to his son the lessons learned in 25 years as a Chief Executive. He describes his business philosophy in ‘How to Ride a Giraffe’ and his latest book, ‘Upside Down Management’, was published in April.

For 10 years he has had his own column under the name ‘Timpo’ in the magazine Real Business and has a weekly column in the Daily Telegraph. In 2004 he was awarded the CBE in the Birthday Honours List for Services to the Retail Sector.