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FINALISTS REVEALED FOR RED ROSE AWARDS 2019

Lancashire Business View has revealed its most diverse shortlist yet for the Red Rose Awards, naming a wide range of businesses competing for prestigious trophies at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on March 14. Hundreds of nominations have been whittled down to just six finalists in each of the 25 categories – which range from new business of the year to the international achievement award.

The remaining hopefuls now have one final chance to present their story to panels of Red Rose Awards judges over two days at Ewood Park in Blackburn in February. Lancashire Business View can also reveal Blackpool and the Fylde College as the new judging partner for the 2019 Awards. More than 70 judges will make their decisions in panels of four or five

The winners names will then be kept under wraps until the prize-giving extravaganza on 14 March. The black tie event, which features locally sourced food and entertainment, will give one winner in each category a chance to walk the stage and collect their trophies before an audience of more than 1,100

Claire Jameson, director of business development at Blackpool and the Fylde College, the Red Rose Awards judging partner for 2019 commented: “B&FC is a leading provider of employment-focused education and training, working with over 1,000 employers to deliver a skilled workforce for industry. We therefore recognise the importance of these awards as a means to promote business excellence and the continued growth of the local economy. The standard of this year’s Red Rose Awards entries is higher than ever and we are delighted to play a key role in showcasing and celebrating the Lancashire’s industrial elite.”

Oliver Burton, CEO at Forbes Solicitors, headline sponsors of the awards for the ninth year, said: “We always enjoy the judging element of the awards and this year has been no different. Deciding the finalists is a very difficult task with the quality of entries received each year. We’re looking forward to meeting finalists on the interview days to hear more about their stories and success in Lancashire and beyond.”

John Stanworth, head of corporate banking at Barclays in Lancashire, a headline sponsor for six years, added: “As always the award entries have been of a very high standard making judging a very difficult job indeed! The finalists should be very proud to have made it to this stage.

“We are looking forward to meeting them, and celebrating their successes on the night of the Awards.”

Richard Slater, publisher of Lancashire Business View, which stages the Red Rose Awards, explained that this year’s event had been refreshed to give more organisations a fair chance of competing.

He explained: “We fettled the format ever so slightly for 2019. We limited the number of categories each business can enter to three. The result has been that some of the smaller or lesser known companies have had a better chance to make the final shortlist, which has given us a better opportunity to promote the county’s diversity.

Richard added: “The volume and quality of entries has remained as high as ever and we now move on to the presentation part of the process, before our panels of highly qualified judges faces the difficult task of selecting the winners.”

Construction Business Award sponsored by Veka

F Parkinson, Blackpool
Pinington, Lancaster
JVT Construction, Bacup
OEP Building Services, Lancaster
Ring Stones Maintenance and Construction, Burnley
UPS Building & Maintenance, Skelmersdale

Corporate Social Responsibility Award

DePuy Synthes, Blackpool
Empine Group, Darwen
Farleys Solicitors, Blackburn
MGS Technical Plastics, Blackburn
Skiddle, Preston
VEKA Group, Burnley

Creative Business Award sponsored by Peter Scott Printers

AWOL Adventure, Preston
Hotfoot Design, Lancaster
Jellymedia, Blackpool
Root Fifty Two, Burnley
Single Malt Design, Lancaster
Wise Owl Creative, Colne


Customer Service Award sponsored by Napthens              

Back Care Solutions, Preston
Better2Know, Morecambe
Seriun, Barrowford
Skiddle, Preston
Sunshine Events UK

Ashton UPS Building & Maintenance, Skelmersdale

Digital Business Award Sponsored by Sundown Solutions

21Digital, Blackburn
Bespoke Digital Agency, Preston
Blue Wren, Preston
EKM, Preston
Fat Media, Lancaster
GrowTraffic, Rossendale


Ecommerce Business Award sponsored by Every1

Direct 4 Baby, Burscough
Display Wizard, Preston
Made With Oak, Preston
Northern Industrial, Blackburn
Skiddle, Preston
Studio.co.uk, Accrington

Employer of the Year Award

Advocacy Focus, Accrington
Digital 22, Clitheroe
Myerscough College & University Centre, Bilsborrow
Pendleside Hospice, Burnley
PM+M, Blackburn
Suresite Group, Preston

Engineering Business Award sponsored by Seriun

BCW Manufacturing, Burnley
OEP Building Services, Lancaster
Pakawaste, Longridge
PDS CNC Engineering, Nelson
Stortec Engineering, Clitheroe
Thomas Consulting, Chorley

Family Business Award sponsored by Mattioli Woods

Ewood Foods, Accrington
Fence Gate, Fence
Hippo Motor Group, Blackburn
PDS CNC Engineering, Nelson
Silverwoods Waste Management, Clitheroe
Supalite Tiled Roof Systems, Preston

Financial Services Award sponsored by Rosebud and Mercia Fund Managers

AFS Group, Blackburn
Kingsley Asset Finance, Whittle-le-Woods
MJH Accountants, Preston
NFU Mutual, Preston
PM+M, Blackburn
Spencer Hayes Group, Heywood

Growing Business Award sponsored by CMAC

Jones Melling, Preston
Levity CropScience, Preston
National Care Group, Accrington
Process Instruments, Burnley
Sales Geek, Altham
UPS Building & Maintenance, Skelmersdale

Health and Care Business Award sponsored by Slater + Gordon

Choice Care, Blackburn
Hexagon Care Services, Preston
KS Education, Leyland
National Care Group, Accrington
Pendleside Hospice, Burnley

Progress Housing Group’s Progress Lifeline Service, Leyland


Hospitality Business Award

Crow Wood Leisure, Burnley
Fence Gate, Fence
Hampton by Hilton, Blackpool
James’ Places, Clitheroe
Pure Leisure Group, Carnforth
Winter Gardens Blackpool, Blackpool

In-house Training Award

Advocacy Focus, Accrington
AluFoldDirect, Blackburn
Derian House Children’s Hospice, Chorley
Pendleside Hospice, Burnley
University of Central Lancashire, Preston
VEKA Group, Burnley

Innovation in Business Award sponsored by UCLan

BCW Manufacturing Group, Burnley
IDLS, Lancaster
Love2move, Preston
Sheet Piling (UK), Preston
Silverwoods Waste Management, Clitheroe
Tac-Grid, Leyland


International Achievement Award sponsored by Mint Business Travel

Flavour Warehouse, Darwen
Jellymedia, Blackpool
Levity CropScience, Preston
Northern Industrial, Blackburn
Process Instruments, Burnley
University of Central Lancashire, Preston

Large Business Award sponsored by Forbes Solicitors

BCW Manufacturing Group, Burnley
CMAC Group, Accrington
Hexagon Care Services, Preston
Hippo Motor Group, Blackburn
Studio.co.uk, Accrington
University of Central Lancashire, Preston

Legal Services Award

Alexander Grace Law, Burnley
Baines Wilson, Lancaster
Brabners, Preston
Harrison Drury Solicitors, Preston
Kellocks Solicitors, Preston
Woodcocks Haworth & Nuttall Solicitors, Rossendale

Leisure Business Award

Ascent Trampoline Park, Blackpool
Crow Wood Leisure, Burnley
Holmes Mill, Clitheroe
Sunshine Events UK, Ashton
Thornton Hall Country Park, Thornton in Craven
Winter Gardens Blackpool, Blackpool

Manufacturing Business Award sponsored by Barclays

AluFoldDirect, Blackburn
Flavour Warehouse, Darwen
MGS Technical Plastics, Blackburn
Supalite Tiled Roof Systems, Preston
VEKA Group, Burnley
Zimpli Kids, Blackburn

Medium Business Award sponsored by Bespoke Digital Agency

AluFoldDirect, Blackburn
Anderton Gables, Preston
Flavour Warehouse, Darwen
MGS Technical Plastics, Blackburn
Pure AV, Preston
Suresite Group, Preston

New Business Award sponsored by Albert Harrison

FP Drylining, Darwen
Fresh Perspective Resourcing, Chorley
Hydropaws, Morecambe
Play Chest, Thornton Cleveleys
Sales Geek, Altham
Tac-Grid, Leyland

Not-for-profit Business Award

Advocacy Focus, Accrington
Community Foundation for Lancashire, Lancashire
Derian House Children’s Hospice, Chorley
Positive Action in the Community, Nelson
TAS, Padiham
Trinity Hospice Blackpool, Blackpool

Property Business Award sponsored by Harrison Drury

Anderton Gables, Preston
Firth Associates, Lytham
Jones Melling, Preston
M J Catterall, Morecambe
S&H Group, Blackburn
Tac-Grid, Leyland


Small Business Award sponsored by Porsche Centre Bolton

21Digital, Blackburn
Ben Shaw Training, Burnley
Better2Know, Morecambe
Camperversions, Darwen
S&H Group, Blackburn
Silverwoods Waste Management, Clitheroe