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A New Award To Add To The Collection!

PEOPLE, pride and passion were the over-riding themes as outstanding achievement was celebrated at the North West Business Masters Awards.

Entrepreneur Colin Stephens, founder and CEO of multi-channel retailer Better Bathrooms, pledged more expansion as he accepted the Fast Growing Business award, sponsored by marketing and communications agency Influential.

North West Business Masters Awards
North West Business Masters Awards

Colin added, “I am so excited we have won this award as it shows how much the business has achieved over the past 13 years and how the company has grown. I am proud of the entire team, our achievements to date, and our constant ambition generates the motivation to reach greater accomplishments.”

On the night Colin praised the support of investor The Business Growth Fund, which he said had given him “the balls” to push the business which he started at home – forward by opening new showrooms nationwide and growing
The awards, at the Midland Hotel in Manchester, were attended by more than 280 people and hosted by BBC journalist and presenter Nina Warhurst.

Chris Barry, editor of said: “The Masters awards was a memorable occasion and congratulations are due not only to our winners, but to every company and individual on the shortlist.

“The winners are an inspiration and truly represent the best of the North West business community.”
The North West Masters Awards, a partnership between and Out There Events, were sponsored by Cenkos Securities, law firm Gateley, The Business Growth Hub, NCC Group, North West marketing and communications agency Influential and the Greater Manchester Skills Gateway.

About Better Bathrooms

Better Bathrooms’ story is one of exceptional growth in a competitive retail market. From humble beginnings 13 years ago as a purely online business, operating out of 21 year old founder Colin Stevens’ bedroom, to being firmly established as the UK’s largest independent bathroom and tiles retailer. We have over 320 staff based in either our head office in Leigh, our office in Warrington, distribution hub in Didcot, Transport hub in Birmingham, Trade Counters in Leigh and Didcot or in one of our showrooms in Wigan, Warrington, Manchester, Leicester, Slough and York.

Colin’s strong business sense and philanthropic approach to nurturing his staff make a winning combination and have led to Better Bathrooms becoming the UK’s largest independent bathroom and tiles retailer in a fiercely competitive marketplace. Better Bathrooms and Colin Stevens have become a great British success story and is often described as a true inspiration.

In the past 24 months, Colin Stevens has won 25 awards including:
• National Business Awards – Entrepreneur of the Year 2012
• Retail Week Enterprise Award – Retailer of the Year 2014
• Retail Week Enterprise Award – Employer of the Year 2014
• 82nd Spot on The Sunday Times Virgin Profit Track 100 2014
• 33rd spot on The Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 2012
• eCommerce Awards Of Excellence – Best Home and Garden Retailer 2013
• IoD North West Director of the Year Awards – Young Director of the Year 2013
• Digital Entrepreneur Awards – E-commerce Business – SME: Better Bathrooms 2013
• National Business Awards – Entrepreneur of the Year 2012

North West Business Masters Awards Winnners
North West Business Masters Awards Winnners

Award Winners:

Also on the night, The Ambassador award – for outstanding contribution to regional business life – was won by 80-year-old investor and philanthropist Norman Stoller, who through his charitable trust supports numerous good causes across the region.

The Listed Business Category, sponsored by Cenkos Securities, was taken by another leading regional retailer JD Sports Fashion.

Wirral-based shipyard Cammell Laird won the Apprenticeship Scheme of the Year Award sponsored by the Greater Manchester Skills Gateway, while another Merseyside company, Clarke Energy of Knowsley, was the winner in the Large Exporter category.

Faith in Nature, a small business based in north Manchester, founded by American-born businesswoman Rivka Rose, won the SME exporter title.

The awards for large and SME manufacturer of the year, sponsored by The Business Growth Hub, were won by Bolton-based Vernacare – which makes disposal wash bowls which are sold worldwide to hospitals – and family-owned Manchester packaging company Duo UK.
The Pride Award, recognising community, social responsibility, was won by The Monastery Manchester.

The charity, in east Manchester, has overseen the rebuilding and complete renovation of the stunning Gorton Monastery, which is now a multi-award winning event space, providing jobs for local people.

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