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MEMBER NEWS 17 1 EVENTS MEDIA is delighted to announce that the annual E3 Business Awards are now open for 2017 nominations. The E3 Awards are designed to promote diversity, recognise the efforts of entrepreneurs and be truly representative of the business sector across the North West. There will be 18 separate award categories, with entries welcomed from small to medium-sized business, entrepreneurs, charities and social enterprises throughout the North West region. The confirmed categories for 2017 will be: • New Business Start-Up of the Year • Corporate Social Responsibility Award • Charity of the Year • Social Enterprise of the Year • Skills, Education and Training Award • Employer of the Year • Online Business of the Year • Digital, Creative and Media Award • Young Entrepreneur of the Year • Outstanding Woman in Business • Green Business Award • Family Business of the Year • Professional Firm of the Year • Customer Service Award • Manufacturing Business of the Year • High Growth Business of the Year • International Business of the Year • Business of the Year The Awards ceremony will take place at Bolton’s Macron Stadium on Thursday 13th July 2017. 1 Events Media’s Managing Director, Mubarak Chati, said: “Businesses in the North West are showing incredible ingenuity and contribution to both local and regional economies. We want the E3 Awards to celebrate this diversity and all of the amazing things that businesses have achieved. “This is now our fifth year of running the E3 Awards and with the event growing year-upon-year, we’re looking forward to a new wave of application nominations. We’d especially love to hear from any businesses who conduct their business in unusual or different ways. “The 2016 E3 Awards were a great success, displaying a strong representation of outstanding North West businesses. Regardless of location, age or industry, if you’re achieving positive things then we want to know about them. We’re looking forward to another exciting 2017 Awards event.” Candidates can nominate themselves or they may be nominated by others. Applications should be submitted via the www. e3businessawards.co.uk website, which provides more details about the judging criteria for each category. NOMINATIONS OPEN: 2017 E3 BUSINESS AWARDS BUILDING EFFECTIVE SME LEAD TEAMS PATHFINDER ASSOCIATES is undertaking a research project called ‘Building Effective SME Lead Teams’. This work is borne out of the need for SMEs to drive the UK economy and also recognises that organisations benefit greatly in many dimensions if teams can perform more effectively than the sum of their parts, none more so than lead teams. Pathfinder is looking for 100 companies to take part, of different sizes and from different sectors. It is investigating a range of factors based on an extensive body of research undertaken by Professor Michael West and colleagues over many years at Sheffield, Aston and other universities. Building Effective SME Lead Teams is free for all participants, the questionnaire takes about 20 minutes to complete, and Pathfinder will feedback results with comparative data to allow everyone to benchmark with other companies. All the data is anonymous, with the exception of a few case studies and these will be agreed with those companies beforehand. Six companies have already requested to be case studies. This is an opportunity for participant companies to take stock, in addition to benchmarking with other similar SMEs. They will also have access to extensive information on effective team working. Nearly 40 companies have now contributed to the project and the initial results are fascinating, providing a wealth of data and some quite consistent trends. However, just as interesting are the team and company “life histories” and anecdotes, the “how did we get here and what have we learned” stories. If you would like to be involved, contact alan@pathfinderassociates.co.uk or call 07825-971371. www.pathfinderassociates.co.uk Winners of 2016 E3 Business Awards


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