A Wigan-based manufacturing company is set to compete with entrepreneurs and businesses from across the UK after being shortlisted for an Amazon Growing Business Award.

Thermoseal Group, which has a site in Wigan, has been nominated for the Export Champion of the Year award at the 18th annual Amazon Growing Business Awards, which takes place at The Brewery in London on November 30th.

The local business is up against companies including Crawford Healthcare in Cheshire, Kendal Nutricare in Cumbria and Magic Whiteboard from Worcester for the accolade.

The company was nominated for the Export Champion of the Year award following a stellar year in which the business expanded its operation in Wigan to hold seven warehouses and an apprenticeship program to train the next generation of staff. Manufacturing machinery and components for the production of double and triple glazed window units, Thermoseal Group now exports to 22 countries having increased its international business by 100% since January.

Speaking ahead of the prestigious event, Thermoseal Group’s Marketing Manager Samantha Hill said: “To be shortlisted for an award of this magnitude is a fantastic achievement for the business and we’re really looking forward to the big event on November 30th. The Amazon Growing Business Awards is the ultimate recognition for any entrepreneur or small business in the UK and we’re really proud to be shortlisted alongside some fantastic business minds.”

“It is a real pleasure to be part of celebrating the hard work and ingenuity of Britain’s small business community through the Amazon Growing Business Awards” added Doug Gurr, UK Country Manager at Amazon. “There was great competition to make it onto the shortlist in each category, and I want to congratulate all the successful entrepreneurs who are building growing businesses, creating jobs, increasing Britain’s exports and constantly innovating. I wish them all the best of luck on the awards night.”

Created by Real Business, sponsored by Amazon and supported by the CBI, the Amazon Growing Business Awards is the UK’s most established and respected recognition of small-to-medium-enterprise (SME) and entrepreneurial success.

Since its launch in 1999, the Amazon Growing Business Awards has celebrated exceptional businesses and outstanding entrepreneurs. Previous winners include Innocent Drinks, Betfair, Lovefilm and Fever-Tree, while VIP guests to have graced the ceremony include Bill Gates, Gordon Brown and Stelios Haji-Ioannou.

Category winners will be presented with an award and benefit from the publicity, media promotion and brand exposure associated with the event.

All Amazon Growing Business Awards winners receive automatic membership of the CBI, the UK’s premier business lobbying organisation, providing a voice for employers at a national and international level.

All UK-based high-growth and entrepreneurial companies, regardless of size or stage of operations, may enter the awards.