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Northern Soul Awards - the winners

06 December 2018

The Northern Soul Awards represent cultural and entrepreneurial excellence in the North of England – recognising the big ventures like festivals, theatres, galleries, right down to the grassroots; small businesses, individual writers, performance groups and entrepreneurs.

As sponsors of the Small Business of the Year category, we were invited to the magnificent Manchester Cathedral for the awards ceremony itself on 15 November. The cathedral may be an iconic reminder of Manchester's fascinating past, but the businesses and enterprises represented at this event really are the future of Northern business.

We'd like to thank all of the businesses, enterprises, and entrepreneurs who took the time and effort to make submissions to be considered for the Small Business of the Year Award, a category that had a really diverse range of businesses in contention.

We want to applaud UpSide Down Presents who were Highly Commended in the Small Business of the Year category and offer our huge congratulations to Sheffield-based publishing house And Other Stories who were the overall award winners.

Here's what And Other Stories founder and publisher Stefan Tobler had to say about the win:

“Having moved our publishing house to the North in 2017, and knowing we are here to stay, we are over the moon to win the Small Business category. We recently set up the Northern Book Prize for previously unpublished literary fiction by Northerners and hope the Northern Soul Award for us will be another boost for amazing Northern writing. Plus, The Co-operative Bank (who didn’t judge the award!) happen by nice coincidence to be our bank: their ethics fit our social enterprise ethos, plus they’re based in the North!”

You can visit andotherstories.org to discover great work they do.

At The Co-operative Bank, we are dedicated to supporting small businesses, and offer a range of business bank accounts to charities, co-operatives and social enterprises. To find out more about our product range and how we help small businesses who are making a difference on our website.

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