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Pendle Business Awards 2018 winners

The winners of this year’s Pendle Business Awards have been announced, including a special award for a well-known local entrepreneur who recently passed away. The Awards, now in their sixth year, celebrates those businesses which have great ambition and are highly skilled in their sectors.

A glittering ceremony was held at the Fence Gate Inn to reveal the winning companies, each granted the coveted Pendle trophy – an elegant glass and metal sculpture inspired by Pendle Hill, made by local company Merc Aerospace.

BBC North West Tonight’s Beccy Barr hosted the black-tie event organised jointly by Pendle Council and Pendle Vision Board.

Dennis Mendoros, chairman of Pendle Vision Board and president of Mendor Enterprises, said: “Last night was absolutely fantastic. It was our best event yet! We were joined by some of the borough’s greatest businesses and I was really proud to be among them.

“We want to shout about everything that Pendle has to offer and show that you can make it in Pendle and that’s what the business awards are all about!” The late Bill Oddie was recognised with a Chairman’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Presenting the award, Dennis said: “Just days after celebrating 30 years at the helm of East Lancashire’s best-known bakeries, Mr Oddie, passed away at the age of 76.

“He owned a baker’s dozen of outlets across the region, including Blackburn, Nelson and Accrington, and steered the 113-year-old firm through recession.

“Bill’s passion for business is only matched for the love of his family – his daughter Lara Oddie played a pivotal role alongside her father.”

Businesses also helped to raise £2,000 on the night for this year’s nominated charity SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity which helps the Armed Forces, veterans and their families in Lancashire.


Business Person of the year
Frazer Durris at Businesswise Solutions

Employer of the year
XLCR Vehicle Management

Business of the Year Award – med/large (51+ employees)
Marsden Building Society

Business of the Year Award – small (1-50 employees)
Fence Gate Inn

Rising Star of the Year
Wise Owl Creative

Technology and Innovation Business of the Year
Pendle Engineering Ltd

Manufacturer of the Year
Riggs Autopack Ltd

Apprentice of the Year
Brad Ram – Blackoak Surfacing

Making a Local Difference
Pendleside Hospice

Chairman’s Award for Lifetime Achievement
In memory of Bill Oddie, Oddie’s Bakery
Amanda Melton, principal and chief executive of Nelson and Colne College