On Friday 12th May, businesses across the Oldham area gathered at the Queen Elizabeth Hall to celebrate the ninth annual Oldham Business Awards, showcasing the innovation, entrepreneurship and success of the region.
Hosted by comedian Romesh Ranganathan, the award categories spanned a variety of areas, such as Young Business, Community Engagement, Start Up and a Special Recognition award.
Up against Safeguarding Fusion Training and Zapz, Capita Translation and interpreting (Capita TI) went on to win the award for Community Engagement! Capita TI is passionate about, and committed to, contributing to local communities, and has organised and taken part in a number of exciting initiatives, including: charity fundraising; local volunteer days; and supporting young students through career development, internship placements and business mentoring.
Joanne Taylor, Head of Marketing said:
“We’re so thrilled to have won this award! The competition this year was stiffer than ever, but we’re delighted to see that the hard work we’ve been putting in for the past few years has paid off. The work we do with the community is on-going, and we’re seeing the benefits not only for those involved, but to the business as a whole.”
Other winners on the night included:
The awards ceremony finished with the Special Recognition award, which went to Chief Executive of Web Applications UK, Craig Dean. After travelling across Africa and the US, Craig settled in Oldham, and has gone on to achieve great things for his local community. He was the longest serving President of the Oldham Council of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, and now serves as Vice President, under our very own Joanne Taylor. Craig also founded Hack Oldham, a non-profit community-operated workspace where people with common interests, often in computers and digital, can meet and collaborate.
The evening was not only very well attended, but it also highlighted the depth and variety of business talent in the Oldham area, and the contribution that businesses make in helping to shape the fabric of our local community.