E3 Business Awards 2016 finalists announced

1 Events Media, the host of the 2016 E3 Business Awards, has named the 82 finalists that will be competing for this year's 17 award categories. The results will be announced at the E3 Business Awards Dinner, which will take place on Friday June 3 at the Macron Stadium in Bolton.

Held annually since 2013, the E3 Awards celebrate diversity and achievement within the North West business community. The nominees comprise a broad spectrum of companies, charities, social enterprises and individuals.

"Every year, the Award get bigger and the standard gets higher," said 1EM managing director Mubarak Chati. "This year, the total number of nominations was 25 per cent up on last year, which was itself 30 per cent higher than 2014.

"However, each year also seems to bring a surprise of some kind. This year, that came in the shape of a big surge in entries from the voluntary sector. Since 2013, we've had an award category for social enterprises, but this time, we had so many nominations from charities that we felt we really ought to add a new award to reflect their numbers, their achievements and the great work they're doing. Consequently, although we started this year with 16 categories, we've now added another."

Tickets for the awards dinner are now available.

The E3 Business Awards Finalists, 2016

New Business Start-Up of the Year: Contour Cosmetics, Manchester Hudson Smokehouse, St Helens Khalidoscope Services, Cheadle Peach Law, Cheadle Hulme SecureIT Consult, Manchester Tipi Unique, Davenham, Cheshire

Corporate Social Responsibility Award: Boo Coaching and Consulting, Bolton Capita Translation and Interpreting, Oldham Manchester Coaching Circle / Tasmin Sabar, Manchester Matrix247, Rossendale

Charity of the Year: Mancunian Way, Castlefield Sam's Diamonds, Widnes Self Help, Manchester Smart Works Greater Manchester, Stockport Speakeasy, Bury

Social Enterprise of the Year: Blackburn Cathedral Trust, Blackburn Pendle Action for the Community, Pendle S.E.E.D / Breathe Therapies, Preston Xplode Magazine, Bolton

Skills, Education & Training Award: Access Ability CIC, Blackburn Boo Coaching and Consulting, Bolton NCC Resources, St Helens OLC Europe, Bolton The Dearden Tea Rooms, Haslingden 3B Training, Westhoughton

Employer of the Year: Capita Translation and Interpreting, Oldham Jobwise, Bolton Matrix247, Rossendale Peninsula Business Services, Manchester

Online Business of the Year: Contour Cosmetics, Manchester E-Dressage, Crewe Khalidoscope Services, Cheadle SafetyBuyer.com, Hyde

Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award: Kamran Ellahi of Baker & Coleman Solicitors, Manchester Charlotte Miskell of Contour Cosmetics, Manchester Roseanna Sunley of E-Dressage, Crewe Aaron Cullen of Fortify Consultants, Cheadle Aaron Crewe of SEO24/7, Lancaster Emily Fleeshman of The Actors' Lab, Salford

Outstanding Woman in Business: Julie Robinson of Alliance Learning, Bolton Julie Barnes of Birtenshaw, Bolton Emma Clarke of Emma Clarke, Altrincham Lorraine Lockie of Gorvins Solicitors, Stockport Jan Lord of Guide Bridge MOT & Service Centre, Ashton Under Lyne Shelley Perry of S.E.E.D / Breathe Therapies, Preston

Green Business of the Year: Hudson Smokehouse, St Helens JWS Waste & Recycling Services, Salford Vertegen, Wirral

Family Business of the Year: AMA Dataset, Preston Assembly Solutions, Bolton Edward Mellor, Stockport Rosewood Management Services, Blackpool

Professional Firm of the Year: Curtis Law Solicitors LLP, Blackburn Fortify Consultants, Cheadle My Accountancy Place, Manchester RKRS Legal, Manchester

Customer Service Award: NCC Resources, St Helens Accessplanit, Lancaster Display Wizard, Garstang, Preston Form Communal, Northwich Holiday Inn Bolton Imperative Training, Manchester

Manufacturing Business of the Year: Assembly Solutions, Bolton Security Solutions (Northern), Bolton Slingco Limited, Rochdale Designer Sofas 4 U, Blackburn

High Growth Business of the Year: Gorilla Accounting, Bolton Lantei Compliance Services, Preston NXO, Preston R-Com Consulting Ltd, Stockport

International Business of the Year: Designer Sofas 4 U, Blackburn Northern Industrial, Blackburn The Rug Seller, Manchester Slingco, Rochdale Vision Support Services, Blackburn Business of the Year: Alliance Learning, Bolton Assembly Solutions, Bolton Jobwise, Bolton JWS Waste & Recycling Services, Salford Peninsula Business Services, Manchester SEO 24/7, Lancaster Vision Support Services, Blackburn