Two of The Skills Company’s top employers beat off stiff competition to win their categories at the annual Greater Manchester Skills for Business Awards at the Point at Lancashire Cricket Club.  Tiddlywinks Nursery from North Manchester won in the Health and Social Care category, and Bolton based Wardworth Ltd carried off the Retail Business of the Year award.

Tiddlywinks was also a finalist in the Medium Sized Business of the Year category, and Wardworth was shortlisted for Small Business of the Year.  Skills Company Advanced apprentices Taylor Robinson and Anthony Holden were also finalists for the awards.
 
The Skills for Business Awards, delivered by Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network and Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Hub, is an annual event celebrating the outstanding contribution that skills and learning make to businesses across Greater Manchester.
 
In their commendation, the judges commented on Tiddlywinks:
 
“The judges were taken with the application from Tiddlywinks and described the business as progressive and expansive. Since starting up in 1994 the company has gone from strength to strength, including an increase from 1 to 5 nurseries, and pride themselves on staff progression with a large number of staff having worked through the company from students to managers and team leader positions. The organisation is well recognised, having won lots of awards and they have an obvious energy and passion for the work that they do."
 
About Wardworth, the judges said:
 
"Wardworth are a very innovative organisation with proven engagement within the local community. The judges thought they are an excellent business to work for as they have a great understanding of how their employee’s skills impact on the business. The organisation also took on two disabled students as work experience and they are now employed part time displaying their strong and successful inclusion initiatives."
 
Jayne Worthington, Managing Director of The Skills Company said:
 
“We’re thrilled that Tiddlywinks and Wardworth have been recognised in these awards. They are great examples of businesses who have proved that investing in the skills of their young workforce can produce tangible business benefits and contribute to business growth.”