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The High Sheriff's Awards for Enterprise is Cheshire's most prestigious awards for business performance. Winners receive a range of benefits including regional recognition and extensive press coverage.

A Middlewich IT support and services company has won the ‘highly commended’ certificate in the High Sheriff's Award for Enterprise.

Amita, in Pochin Way, has added to the array of awards it has recently won, including the South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry's Best Small Company award in 2009. Darren Astles, director, said: “Everyone at Amita is thrilled to receive this award.

“The past couple of years have been testing for us all but it is good to see so many enthusiastic businesses run by people with real passion making a palpable difference.”

The company has been growing for more than seven years and currently employs nine people.

Erika Wenzel, chief executive of Cheshire East council, said: “Local businesses have an important role to play in our community, providing much-needed jobs and economic prosperity.”

“Middlewich company wins High Sheriff accolade”

High Sheriff's Award for Enterprise

Best Small Business of the year 2009

Winner: Amita UK

The winner of the Best Small Business Award for the South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Darren said “This really puts the icing on the cake as it has been a very productive and rewarding year for our growing company.

Amita has substantially increased its customer base of IT Support customers and continues to expand despite the recent economic climate.&rqduo;

Business of the Year 2005

Business of the Year 2005

In Amita’s first year of entry, having won the Start-up business award, we were also highly commended in the overall business category above others of much longer trading history.

Business Person of the Year 2005

Highly Commended: Darren Astles of Amita UK

Similar to the Business of the Year award, Darren was singled out as someone with those special attributes and was again, above others of a longer term history.

Start-up Business of the Year 2005

Winner: Amita UK

The winner of the Start-up Business Award is Middlewich-based Amita Uk which has established itself as a successful IT support company in a short space of time.

Company owners Darren and Amanda Astles collected the award from Tony Mills, from Business Link Cheshire and Warrington. Darren said: “We set the business up 20 months ago and it has been a learning curve but we are delighted to have received this award. To achieve such a lot in such a short space of time is just fantastic.&rqduo; His wife Amanda is proud their company has been recognised as the most successful new business in the area. She said: “We started off with just £2,000 but after a lot of hard work and commitment we have got to where we are today.

“This is an indication that we are doing it right and we will now try to build on this success in the future.

PC Zone Classic Award 2004

Winner: X2 - The Threat

Amita worked extensively with Egosoft during 2003/4 on the overall project bringing the software title from development to retail. Press tours, fictional and technical input together with the actual design, writing and production of the documentation. Numerous visits to Germany (where Egosoft are based) and UK publishers and press were all undertaken to facilitate this work.

“We took a relatively unknown title to number one in the UK charts, scoring 92% from PC Zone on their review. Egosoft have enormous talent, vision and creativity and together with Amita we made an excellent partnership,” says Darren Astles.

“With Amita’s help we have excelled our own expectations. Always available for advice and assistance we value them enormously.” Bernd Lehann, CEO, Egosoft.