At the awards ceremony, held at Dukinfield Town Hall, more than 300 people enjoyed a glittering ceremony which showcased the huge depth of talent, ingenuity and business enterprise that is expanding throughout the local business community.

Hosted by broadcaster Andy Crane the awards this year saw winners emerge from a wide spectrum of business segments which covered 24 categories.

Recognising just a few who have had outstanding business credentials and have been acknowledged as consistently going from strength to strength was:

YOUR TAX SHOP – Who were also honoured to be shortlisted for an impressive five awards in some strong categories amongst other talented and hardworking individuals. The company ended up winning the Corporate Social Responsibility award!

Yvonne Cookson, taking up the story said, “Our three boys, Danny, Josh and Kieran, were all nominated for Apprentice of the Year and we are so proud of them all to be shortlisted in such a competitive category. The awards were well underway, and it was time for Apprentice of the Year to be announced. Andy Crane explained that this category had been so hard to judge and announced that there would be two winners. We heard Danny’s name being announced as one of the winners and we were all overwhelmed with happiness and so proud

We are all so proud and honoured to have been shortlisted for the awards let alone winning two of them. It is so fantastic to be recognised for all our hard work and commitment, and it is encouraging to know that we are doing a fantastic job as a team.”

Having recently won 2 other prestigious awards at this year’s Iris Customer Awards (IRIS small firm of the year 2018 and Client Excellence firm of the year 2018) the 2 partners Yvonne Cookson and Fiona Heyes were also shortlisted for Practice Manager of the year and Accountant of the year.

Yvonne added, “Our new additions now have ‘pride of place’ on our office shelf!”

For more information call: Your Tax Shop on: 0161 339 5689



Local Law firm BROMLEYS was recognised by being crowned Professional Services Business of the Year at the ceremony.

The professional services business honour is the second accolade for Bromleys in consecutive years at the awards. In 2017, the firm won the corporate social responsibility prize.

Bromleys’ latest honour also follows its success at the 2018 Manchester Legal Awards, where it was named small law firm of the year.

During the past 12 months, the firm has also retained Investors in People Gold status and the Law Society’s Lexcel quality mark and Conveyancing Quality Scheme accreditation.

Bromleys is a three-partner firm based in Ashton-under-Lyne which provides legal services to individuals, families and businesses across Tameside and Greater Manchester.

It has a 57-strong team which has been boosted by a series of key appointments to cater for a growing number of instructions.

Bromleys has also launched the Tameside Women in Business networking forum and has increased its sponsorship of Curzon Ashton FC for this season.

The judging panel said: “Bromleys Solicitors are consistent, excellent performers who have this year shown exceptional growth while achieving the Investors in People Gold award. They are a beacon of the borough.”

Bromleys’ senior partner Mark Hirst said: “It’s a real honour to be recognised for the excellence of our service in a highly-competitive field. This accolade acknowledges the expertise, dedication and commitment of our team to the business and wider Tameside communities.

“Awards such as this make everyone at Bromleys realise just how much their efforts are appreciated and how they make a difference for all of our clients. It is a real boost for everyone at the firm.”

For more information visit www.bromleys.co.uk


There was also more ‘Pride of Tameside’ success for MATTHEW ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS as once again they took the Export Business of the Year Award.

For the second year in succession, Hyde based Matthews Environmental Solutions has been voted Export Business of the Year by the Pride of Tameside Awards judges.

Despite record-breaking export achievements in 2017 the company has continued its worldwide success that has seen sales of its internationally renowned industrial waste incinerators, plus its pet cremators and human cremators expand to over 150 countries and across all seven continents.

From the protected icy climate of Antarctica to the heat of tropical deserts and from busy city locations to the most remote island outposts, Matthews Environmental Solutions has been stamping the name and the reputation of Hyde well and truly onto the global map.

The Judges highlighted that Matthews Environmental Solutions are an extremely impressive business with strong financial performance. Constantly innovating they now export worldwide, having vastly increased their recent growth with huge future growth potential.

Many of these installations are customised and bespoke designs that range from the small 60L/day sewage sludge incinerators that are protecting the delicate Antarctic environment, up to the colossal 5000kg/hr animal remains incinerator plant designed and engineered for the Holy Mina Waste Treatment Facility at Makkah in Saudi Arabia.

A delighted Elliott Jones, Business Development Manager, said,“We are proud of all our achievements, but especially proud of our export success at such a challenging time for international trade.”

For further information about why Matthews Environmental Solutions is the Pride of Tameside with a worldwide reputation, check out the company’s website: www.todaysurematthews.com.