THE achievements of businesses have been recognised at the fourth Made in Bury Business Awards.

The awards, held at The Longfield Suite in Prestwich, celebrate the growth of the business community and the determination to put Bury on the map.

Nominations from across Prestwich, Bury, Whitefield, Ramsbottom, Tottington and Radcliffe were entered into 18 categories.

The awards, in conjunction with Bury Council, thebestofbury and Tower FM, champion local businesses and celebrate their outstanding achievements.

Cllr Rishi Shori, leader of Bury Council, said: “The Made in Bury awards go from strength to strength, and the annual ceremony is one of the highlights in Bury’s year.

"Local businesses are vital to our economy, bringing employment, investment and creativity to our borough and making Bury the great place we all know it is in which to work, study and live. It’s essential that their achievements are recognised at these awards, and I offer them all my heartiest congratulations.”

More than 350 business professionals, including judges, sponsors and Bury’s elite attended the awards ceremony.

The winners of the awards, including those who achieved highly commended and commended in the 18 categories, plus the outstanding achievement award, were announced by BBC Radio Manchester presenter Andy Crane, with businesses of all sectors and sizes awarded for their success.

The evening featured a drinks reception sponsored by Connect Comms, a three-course meal, performances by local talent Elli Kiely and the Bury Rock Choir, along with an after-party at The Village Hotel, Bury.

The winners are:

Best in Class — Start-Up Business

Sponsored by RRG Group

Winner: Shack Wrap

Highly commended: Grogan Creative

Commended: Busy Bins

Best in Class Award — Environmental Impact

Sponsored by HH Smith & Sons

Winner: Holchem Laboratories Ltd

Highly commended: Milliken

Commended: Studio17 Architecture

The Woodcocks Haworth & Nuttall Manufacturing & Engineering Award

Winner: Milliken

Highly Commended: Holchem Laboratories Ltd

Commended: Bury Black Pudding

Best in Class — Food & Drink

Sponsored by E. Anthony Orme Gallery

Winner: Eagle & Child Ramsbottom

Highly commended: Albert Matthews

Commended: East Lancashire Railway: Dining with Distinction

The AFG LAW Property & Construction Award

Winner: Bespoke Landscapes

Highly commended: Belvoir Sales & Lettings Bury

Commended: Studio17 Architecture

The BusinessLodge Award for Customer Excellence

Winner: FM Outsource

Highly commended: Carriages Hair and Beauty

Commended: The Clarence & Silver Street Brewery

Best in Class — Community Impact

Sponsored by Longden & Cook

Winner: MedEquip4Kids

Highly commended: Mill Gate Shopping Centre

Commended: The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity

Best in Class – Professional, Legal & Financial

Sponsored by Nettl

Winner: AFG LAW

Highly commended: Horsfield & Smith Chartered Accountants

Commended: Brytannic

The GJ Plastics Retailer Award

Winner: Lilli Oliver Cake Boutique

Highly commended: LNK Motors Ltd

Commended: Shack Wrap

Best in Class — Creative

Sponsored by Milliken

Winner: Centu Consultancy Limited

Highly commended: Jons Cakes

Commended: Studio17 Architecture

Best in Class — Excellence in Developing People

Sponsored by East Lancashire Railway

Winner: Exchange Utility

Highly commended: Vocational Staffing Solutions (VSS)

Commended: FM Outsource

Best in Class — Motoring & Transport

Sponsored by Platinum Care

Winner: Shack Wrap

Highly Commended: LNK Motors Ltd

Commended: GDT (Get Driving Today)

Best in Class – Large Business

Sponsored by Brytannic

Winner: Holchem Laboratories Ltd

Highly commended: Exchange Utility

Commended: Milliken European Airbag Products

Best in Class — Technology

Sponsored by the Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity

Winner: Lex Business Equipment Ltd

Highly commended: Yealink

Commended: CT Business Solutions (North Manchester)

The Connect Comms Health & Beauty Award

Winner: Dentist on The Rock

Highly commended: Shooting Stars Football Academy

Commended: QFirstSports Ltd

Best in Class — Backing Young Bury

Sponsored by Horsfield & Smith

Winner: Shooting Stars Football Academy

Highly commended: GJ Plastics

Commended: Persona Care & Support Ltd

Best in Class — Family Business

Sponsored by FM Outsource

Winner: Holchem Laboratories

Highly commended: WDS Group Limited

Commended: Albert Matthews

Best in Class Award — Tourism & Leisure

Sponsored by Complete Driveway Designs

Winner: East Lancashire Railway

Highly commended: QFirstSports Ltd

Commended: Red Hall Hotel & Oscars Restaurant.

Outstanding Achievement award

Winner: Melba Swintex