Safeguard Group’s managing director, Steve Ingham, has been named ‘Businessman of the Year’ for his local area.
Ingham picked up a crystal glass trophy after triumphing in the One Oldham Business Awards, beating shortlisted candidates from other Oldham businesses to the prize.
Safeguard, which supplies catering equipment and refrigeration, was also nominated in three other categories — young entrepreneur; business of the year; and community project — but just fell short of collecting any further awards.
Ingham hailed the company’s achievements for getting as far as it did: “Although we only won one award, we were the first company to ever be nominated in four categories. I was born and bred in this town, so it’s nice to get a bit of recognition for the things you are trying to do.”
Ingham picked up the Businessman of the Year award for expanding the company through the recession and for his efforts in promoting local opportunities. Out of the 27 people it employs, 25 are based in Oldham and the other two live no more than four miles away.