Two Hallidays clients have been shortlisted for North West Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.
Design company Paper Salad, based in Romiley, has been shortlisted for Most Entrepreneurial Company, while Northern Soul Sportswear is in the running for Leisure Entrepreneur of the Year.
Paper Salad, who are at Chadkirk Industrial Estate, was created in 2005 by freelance designers Karen Wilson and Claire Williams, who design and produce contemporary greeting cards, gift wrap and social stationary in their own unique style.
Their clients include Waterstones, Paperchase, Funky Pigeon, John Lewis, Waitress and The Co-op.
Northern Soul Sportswear Limited (NSSL), who are based in Mossley, specialises in retailing a wide range of lacrosse apparel and equipment.
Founded in 2010 by father and son Clive and Jason Perrin, their business has grown year-on-year and they support major lacrosse tournaments in the UK.
Nigel Bennett, Hallidays’ managing director, said: “Many people who start up in business are experts in what they do.
“Karen and Claire were fantastic designers. They had two distinct qualities that made them easy to help, they were open-minded and they took action.
“When I first met them, their business as a hobby – it is now a well-managed and successful business that will achieve the goals that Karen and Claire described when we first met in 2009.
“Not only that, I get to achieve one of my goals – to support local businesses to fulfil their potential.”
Paper Salad has increased turnover year-on-year since 2010 and use Hallidays’ Business One Page Plan to provide them with a monthly snapshot of the key drivers of their business and focus their attention on what matters.
NSSL have played a crucial part in the development of lacrosse since opening for business in 2010.
During the past year, they have redesigned their website and are targeting key areas in the UK and Europe.
Hallidays director Valerie Wain said: “We are delighted that Northern Soul Sportswear have been shortlisted for this award, their dedication to lacrosse, to make the sport more accessible and grow their business at the same time is testament to all their hard work and this award highlights that.
“Everyone at Hallidays is wishing them the best of luck and we’re hoping they can go all the way and win it.”
The winners will be announced at the awards dinner hosted by Justin Moorhouse on the 3rd November at The Mere Golf Resort & Spa in Cheshire.