It has just been announced that Christopher McLaughlin, Managing Director of Northwich based MIS Active Management Systems (MIS AMS), has been shortlisted for the 2017 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards in the Family Business Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Chris beat off some tough competition in order to make the regional shortlist, with over 1000 businesses entering the awards nationally across the wide range of categories.

Now in its fifth year, the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards has celebrated some amazing entrepreneurs over the years, many of whom are now household names. Past winners include David Buttress of Just Eat, Julie Deane of The Cambridge Satchel Company, James Watt of BrewDog and Alexander Solomou of TheLADBible Group.

Chris said: ‘I’m over the moon to have found out I’ve been shortlisted, what an honour. I feel extremely proud of my career so far and especially my time with MIS AMS. This news is a celebration for all the team, not just me, I wouldn’t be achieving what I have without such great people around me.

‘The stakes feel even higher when it’s a family business, you must add another 10% effort on top of everything you do, so I feel truly delighted. Fingers crossed for the final ahead!’

Creator of the Awards, Francesca James, said: ‘We have been inundated with some incredible entries this year, and all shortlisted applicants should be extremely proud of themselves! This year has seen a record number of entrants and we’ve been absolutely blown away by the strength and diversity of applications.’

‘We cannot wait to celebrate entrepreneurship across Great Britain with them, and put a spotlight on the incredible talent within the British entrepreneur ecosystem.’

‘Christopher is someone who achieved a great deal outside of the family business. He could’ve continued his success, or taken it a bit easier when he joined the family business. But he rightly realised the amount of work that goes into a family business,’ added the team at The NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

Gordon Merrylees, Head of Entrepreneurship at NatWest said: ‘I want to thank all of the entrepreneurs who entered this year and congratulate those who have been shortlisted, I look forward to seeing them at the regional finals.’

‘It is clear that entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well and NatWest is thrilled to be able to support these awards to celebrate success with the businesses that are the lifeblood of the UK Economy as they start, scale and succeed.’

The NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards will celebrate entrepreneurship across a number of categories at 5 gala finals across the UK, including; Cardiff, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester & London. You can find more information about the awards and the ceremonies here

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