Chris Appleyard is Stockport’s ‘Business Person of the Year’

Chris Appleyard, founding partner of Pioneer Group and company director has been recognised in the annual Stockport Business Awards celebration as the regions ‘Business Person of the Year’, due to his contributions to the company and the greater Manchester community as a whole.

The awards ceremony, which took place on 13th October at Stockport Town Hall, brought together 380 professionals and community leaders to celebrate the regions’ business success in 2016. Fourteen awards were presented in total, including the highly esteemed Business Person of the Year accolade awarded to Chris.

Chris is widely respected in the professional arena for his expertise, personality and pioneering vision to create the next generation of audio visual provider, uniquely bringing a suite of complimentary services under the same roof for a turnkey solution, brimming with specialist expertise. This has in 2016 lead to some spectacular partnerships for Pioneer Group with companies such as Google, LG Electronics and Samsung.

Outside of work Chris dedicates time, resource and expertise to local charities and inspires others to do the same by leading from the front. This year so far that has included raising a substantial amount for Stroke Information and Millie’s Trust, placing the latter’s logo on the Pioneer van fleet, taking their message nationwide.

Chris says, “The Stockport Business Awards recognition is a fantastic way to wrap up an even better business year for Pioneer Group. As a business, we’ve made incredible strides in helping to make audio visual solutions and high end communications accessible to more of the UK’s businesses, and being recognised for those accomplishments is a real honour. The Stockport Business Awards is a great celebration of our local community, which I am so happy to be a part of.”

Nick Clarke, chairman and founder of Stroke Information concludes:

“Chris has always been dependable, reliable and despite the responsibilities he has at his company or his family life, he has and always will have time for others and I can only speak highly of this professional, not only as a businessman but also as a friend and long may it continue.”

Pioneer Digital Solutions, a Pioneer Group company won the Business of the Year £1-5m award at the 2015 Stockport Business Awards event.