The Talk of Manchester Business Awards

The Talk of Manchester Business Awards 2014 from Paul Kilroe on Vimeo.


The Grande Finale of the city’s awards season took place on Thursday 4th December with the Talk of Manchester Awards #theTOMs

This year they were kindly sponsored by Natwest, VIP Appearances & The Boardroom.

The TOMS have fast become one of the region’s most recognised business awards. Voted for by customers, they recognise leading companies from a variety of industries in the region, including marketing, recruitment, law and finance – with a special nod to entrepreneurs.

With over 73,000 votes cast, the awards were held at Manchester’s Mercure Hotel and welcomed 450 delegates.

Jennie Johnson of Kids Allowed was presented with the Best Female Entrepreneur award, while Christian Pepper of Financial Options won best Male Entrepreneur, in addition to picking up best IFA award. Also scoring the double was high-end contemporary hairdressing chain Barber Barber, who scooped Best Newcomer as well as the Chairman’s Choice award.

“The number of people voting demonstrates just how supportive our region’s business community is,” says Paul Kilroe, founder and Chairman of the TOMs. “Huge congratulations to all our winners and many thanks to our sponsors.”

The winners:

Best Recruitment Co – Fluid Recruitment

Best Events Co – Entertainment Today

Best Innovation – Formisimo

Best Accountancy Co – Pomegranate Consulting

Special Commendation for Accountancy – Tree

Best Invoice Factoring Provider – Bibby Finance

Best SME Support Business – MiPA

Best SME Support Business Commendations – Cleaning Ventures & Touch Business

Best Boutique Law Firm – McHale & Co

Commendation in Best Law Firm – Salehs LLP

Best Law Firm – Berg

Commendation in Best Law Firm – JMW

Best Video Production Company – Tunafish

Best IFA – Financial Options

Best IT Support Co – SoftCat

Best Business Insurance Co – A&B Insurance

Best PR Agency – Label PR

Best PR Commendation – Peppermint Soda

Best Brand Agency – Bert

Best Full Service Agency – Pixel8

Best Digital Agency – UpSearch

Commendation in Digital Agency – Forever Digital

Best SEM Co – Clickoo

Best SEO company – UpSearch

Best Social Media Co – Online Ventures Group

Best Newcomer – Barber Barber

Best Newcomer Commendation – Media Octopus & My Accountancy Place

Best female entrepreneur – Jennie Johnson, Kids Allowed

Best Male Entrepreneur – Christian Pepper, Financial Options

Chairman’s Choice – Barber Barber


“The winners brought a real mix of talent to the night,” concludes Paul. “The celebrations went on very late and we are already looking forward to next year’s event.”

The event also raised funds for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.