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Cheshire Business Awards announces Business of the Year shortlist

The Cheshire Business Awards is almost upon us and we’re looking forward to finding out what the night has in store. We’ve been a sponsor of the Business of the Year (up to 10 employees) award for years and are constantly amazed by the exceptionally high standard of entries and the unique ways that local Cheshire businesses are evolving and innovating to achieve success. This year’s shortlist is comprised of three businesses; Forrest Gin Ltd, Hydraulics Online Ltd and Garden Street – all very different with unique and inspiring stories to tell.

Cheshire Business Awards – Business of the Year (up to 10 employees) shortlist

Forest Gin Ltd

A true family business, husband and wife Karl and Lindsay launched Forest Gin in 2015. They lead a small team that distils, bottles and ships outstanding spirits from a distillery in Macclesfield Forest to all corners of the world. Their goal is to make the best tasting gin using the finest, locally sourced ingredients such as bilberries, blackberries pine, moss and wild flowers, which are ground by hand using a pestle and mortar along with more traditional gin botanicals. Real love, attention and pride goes into creating every bottle. The Forest Distillery is home to a stylish bar where visitors can enjoy Forest Gin’s signature serves and the team also host distillery tours on the weekend to give an expert insight into the world of craft gin making and a gin tasting experience.

Hydraulics Online Ltd

This award-winning hydraulic solutions provider was founded in 2004 by husband and wife team, Mark and Helen. The business has grown organically over the years and now serves over 3,700 customers in 130 countries worldwide. Despite operating on such a large scale, Mark and Helen merit their business on its personal approach to every customer – excellence in customer service and technical expertise is key for the business’ success. Hydraulics Online Ltd has also been recognised for its ambition and vision for the future – the business is focused on growth, particularly in international markets and is making investments in its website and search engine optimisation to attract more customers from overseas.

Garden Street

First established in 2008, Garden Street is a multichannel garden retailer with a website boasting over 4,000 garden products and an impressive showroom in Crewe. While online retail is incredibly important to Garden Street, the business is firmly invested in its showroom and underwent a large rebrand and refurbishment in 2013 to offer an exciting and unique shopping experience for the people of Cheshire and the surrounding area. Each team member is an outdoor living and garden expert and the business prides itself on its honest, open and friendly approach to helping people create their dream garden setting. The team use their longstanding relationships with key players in the industry to source high quality, stand-out products that are difficult to find elsewhere and offer shoppers something truly unique.

“We’re excited to see who wins the 2018 award. Good luck to all three nominees.” Jo Heraghty, Senior Manager – B2B Marketing