Droylsden business delight at ‘Excellence Award’ win
Wednesday 14th June 2017 @ 12:01 by Tom Greggan
Droylsden News

A Droylsden business is celebrating once again after scooping a prestigious prize at the Greater Manchester Business Awards.

Although Tropical Palms missed out on the ‘Corporate Social Responsibility Excellence Award’ they were shortlisted for, they were surprised with an ‘Excellence Award’ later in the night.

It’s a major milestone for the business, which owner Wayne Coyle started as a basic tanning shop five years ago. Wayne was delighted with the award, saying: “Since I started the business five years ago, the company has grown and grown.

“We’ve won awards in Tameside over the past few years, but to take that on and be competing in the top 5% of businesses in Greater Manchester is marvellous. I’m a bit overwhelmed, I never thought I could take things to the level that I have.

“The majority of the companies were multi-million companies with a massive infrastructure, large amounts of staff and lots of experience. For me to have driven my company on to compete with companies like that and actually walk away with large awards, it just shows the tremendous amount of effort, good will and community support that my business has in Tameside.”

An independent panel of ten business leaders, directors and experts decided who received awards at the ceremony at Manchester’s Radisson Blu Hotel. The Excellence Award is a reflection on Tropical Palms’ day-to-day business, which is more than just a typical salon.

“We’ve been running the Community Salon in Tameside that provides free hairdressing and barbering services to the over 60s,” Wayne explained. “We have TPG Education, which is in partnership with Tameside College, so we deliver barbering and hairdressing qualifications in Tameside. We have around 100 students in training with us.

“In turn, when we’re training people now, we get them to work in the community salon so the next generation of hairdressers and barbers are being trained to provide free community services. That community ethos is built within the company.”

Wayne is determined to keep Tropical Palms, based on Chappell Road, thriving but also wants to see other Tameside businesses develop in the same way and he believes he can help.

“When I started, my shop was a derelict building,” he said. “What I’ve done is built it up over the years. I’ve worked with loads of organisations and lots of people. I’ve built up some amazing relationships with other organisations so with my wealth of experience and my contacts, I could pass on a lot of good throughout the borough.

“Tameside could be thriving and we could be a lot better if we talked to each other a bit more. It could be like a low-level network. On a corporate level, corporate businesses network because when you’re talking to other people and sharing information, it helps you grow. If we can take that down to the community level, imagine the growth that we could experience within Tameside.”