Cheshire High Sheriff's Awards for Enterprise 2019
More than 300 guests gathered at Chester Racecourse to celebrate the crème de la crème of the region's business community at the prestigious annual Cheshire High Sheriff's Awards for Enterprise.
Hosted by the High Sheriff of Cheshire, Alexis Redmond MBE, and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chester, Professor Tim Wheeler, the guest speakers during the evening were Roger Johnson from BBC North West Tonight and Phil Redmond, TV producer and screenwriter, who delighted the audience with their conversation and stories.
Warrington Disability Partnership (WDP) scooped the overall prize, the Cheshire High Sheriffs Award for Enterprise 2018/19, sponsored by White Oak UK, WDP is a locally based and internationally-acclaimed, user-led, pan-disability charity.
During the past 28 years they have developed and now deliver 28 mobility and independent living services aimed at supporting disabled people and people living with long-term health conditions. Award judges found this company amazing and inspirational for its achievements.
Dave Thompson, MBE DL, Co-Founder and Chief Executive at WDP, said It was an absolute honour to have reached the shortlist in our category, and when it was announced that we had won, it felt utterly amazing.
As a medium-sized charity, we knew that we had to adopt business strategies in order to survive the past few years of austerity which has resulted in years of cuts in grants and contracts with statutory services. We have worked hard to find the balance between the use of business acumen needed to develop a hugely successful trading arm, the Disability Trading Company, and the values-based ethical philosophy of our charity.
The Award is truly appreciated by the whole team at WDP, our volunteers, our staff and our Board, as it adds credibility to our work. We would like to thank the High Sheriff of Cheshire, the organisers, the sponsors and the judges.
Warrington Disability Partnership wins a place on the University of Chesters MBA programme, worth £10,000.