PROjEN, the award winning Project Management Company based at Northwich, Cheshire is one of five local businesses battling it out for the prestige of winning the first High Sheriff of Cheshire Award for Enterprise.
The final decision will be announced at a special event for business people at the University of Chester on Wednesday, March 14, at 6.30pm.
Leading the event will be guest speaker John Varley, Group Chief Executive of Barclays, who will discuss the notion ‘Customers have choice’. Mr Varley’s speech will be followed by a question and answer session.
In addition to the Award presentation, the event will offer networking opportunities for local businesses and displays from the shortlisted entrants, the Award’s sponsors and the University’s award-winning Chester Business School.
The High Sheriff of Cheshire, David Briggs, introduced the Award for Enterprise to recognise the outstanding achievements of businesses in Cheshire, Halton and Warrington.
Mr Briggs says: “There are many hard earned and valuable examples of successful enterprise in our area and many of these go unrecognised. I hope this award will contribute to furthering enterprise in our area for the benefit of the entire community.”
With a total prize fund of more than £20,000, thanks to significant contributions from eight regional and international sponsors, the new High Sheriff’s Award for Enterprise represents the highest value award of any of its kind in the county.
The first prize, worth £12,000, comprises a free place for one of the winner’s managers on an award-winning MBA programme at the University of Chester (value £8,000) plus £4,000 in cash.
Professor Des Hickie, Dean of Business Management and Law at the University, says: “In today’s business world, it is more important than ever for companies to have trained business leaders and we look forward to welcoming the nominated manager from the winning company onto our course. They will be able to participate on a part-time basis at either our Chester or Warrington campus.”
The potential winners were judged on ambition, innovation, growth, enterprise and employee and management development. A shortlist of five successful businesses were selected by the judging panel which comprised the High Sheriff and representatives of the sponsors. The other four shortlisted companies are Applied Computing & Engineering, EA Technology, Multisol and SOG.
John Taylor, Managing Director at PROjEN said,
“It is a great honour to be shortlisted for such a prestigious business award – especially one which is on our doorstep and we are very much looking forward to the award ceremony. We have worked extremely hard over the last three years and just being shortlisted with such strong opposition shows the ongoing ambition of PROjEN.”