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The 2018 E3 Business Awards took place on the evening of Thursday 12th July at the Macron Stadium in Bolton. The winners were announced in front of an audience of nearly 500 delegates from across the North West.

To reach the finals, all nominees had first made a written submission, followed by interviews with an independent judging panel. From the many hundreds of entries submitted to the organisers, the judges produced a shortlist of just 55. The awards featured 16 categories in all, with some candidates appearing as finalists in more than one of them.

Speaking on behalf of 1 Events Media, Managing Director Mubarak Chati said: "It's an eye-opening experience to see the year's award nominations come in. We've seen businesses that have grown exponentially; new start-ups that have taken the market by storm. We've seen breathtaking innovation, and we've seen social enterprises displaying the most amazing determination to improve the quality of people's lives.

"I'm proud that the E3 Awards are helping to celebrate our finalists' efforts. They're creating jobs and training opportunities, they're building new supply chains and they're changing the direction of people's lives. They are helping to put money and pride back into neighbourhoods and, collectively, they're enabling the region to compete on the international stage. In short, they embody everything the E3 Awards stand for: Enterprise, Education and Employment."

The winners include companies and individuals from across the whole of the North West. (The full list appears below.)More details and photographs are available on the E3 Awards website - www.e3businessawards.co.uk.