I am delighted to be able to report that UKFast won a M.E.N. Business of the Year Award last night. We are all thrilled with the win, not only because it meant a great night’s celebration, but also because it is a real tangible reward for all of our hardworking employees.
The awards look to recognise the top Manchester businesses of 2008. There were six category winners at the ceremony held in Manchester’s Midland Hotel and we fought off very tough competition to win in the category of businesses that had revenue of under £10m per year.
In fact, the high standard of entrants for this year’s awards makes our win all the more pleasing. The judging panel said the competition had “attracted one of the strongest fields in the event’s history, with all the finalists showing impressive leadership and innovation”.
We certainly know how tough it was to just make last night’s shortlist of three. Our entire business came under scrutiny by an expert panel, and our MD Lawrence Jones then gave two impassioned presentations to them. So, after a lot of work and some nervous nail biting it was fantastic that the rollercoaster ride came to such a brilliant conclusion.
But, the event was not just about our success. Looking around the room last night, it reaffirmed to me that Manchester and the North West boasts so much business talent and vision. The judges were impressed with the quality of the local firms in the competition and said as a business region we should be collectively proud about what we are achieving.
Even in difficult times, Manchester is a booming economic centre and we are very proud to be recognised as a leading Manchester business.