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Pendle Business Awards 2018 – here’s our shortlist!

Published: Wednesday, 25th April 2018

Group photo of winners

Pendle Council and Pendle Vision Board are delighted to unveil the 2018 Pendle Business awards shortlist.

The winners will be revealed at the sixth Pendle Business Awards on Thursday 5 July at the Fence Gate.

Business Person of the Year

  • Glenn Stock, Unique Clean, Hire and Facilities
  • Frazer Durris, Businesswise Solutions
  • Kevin Berkins, Fence Gate
  • Lee Duerden, XLCR Vehicle Management

Employer of the Year

  • Stanley House Veterinary Group
  • Harvey Environmental
  • XLCR Vehicle Management

Most Outstanding Business of the Year - medium/large (51+)

  • Stanley House Veterinary Group
  • Marsden Building Society

Most Outstanding Business of the Year - small (1-50)

  • Blackoak Surfacing
  • Businesswise Solutions
  • Fence Gate

Rising Star of the Year

  • Wise Owl Creative
  • The Rookery Holiday Cottage
  • Janitorial UK

Manufacturer of the Year

  • Riggs Autopack Ltd
  • Chantelle Lighting
  • Pendle Engineering Limited

Business Technology and Innovation of the Year

  • JD Engineering Ltd
  • Pendle Engineering Ltd

Apprentice of the Year

  • Brad Ram – Blackoak Surfacing
  • Bradley Jones – Intershape Fitness
  • Beth Dickinson – Lomeshaye Village Day Nursery

Making a Local Difference

  • Positive Action in the Community
  • Pendleside Hospice
  • XLCR Vehicle Management

Created by Pendle Vision and Pendle Council, Pendle Business Awards has fast become one of Lancashire’s most prestigious events in the business calendar.

Dennis Mendoros , OBE, DL, Chairman of Pendle Vision Board and President of Mendor Enterprises, said: “Thank you to everyone who has entered Pendle Business Awards 2018.

“We’ve really enjoyed reading all of your entries and we’re very excited about this year’s shortlist.

“Once again we’re delighted to see businesses of all shapes and sizes making it through to the next stage and it’s particularly great to see entries from some of Pendle’s newest companies.

“The judges had a difficult task whittling them down because everyone who has entered deserves recognition for their fantastic achievements.”

This year new category Making a Local Difference was most popular with 20 entries, followed by Most Outstanding Business of the Year (small) with 16 entries.

The winners will receive the coveted Pendle trophy – an elegant glass and metal sculpture inspired by Pendle Hill. It will be engraved with the winner’s name and the award category.

The trophies have been designed and created by local company Merc Aerospace.

This year’s Awards is being supported by many local companies and organisations which are sponsoring the event including, Barnfield Construction, Nelson Town Council, BusinessWise Solutions, Farmhouse Biscuits, Protec Fire Detection Plc, Riggs Auto Pack, Nelson and Colne College, Merc Aerospace, Training 2000, Hippo Motor Group, Svenska Handelsbanken and Unique Clean.

Mark Sandamas, event organiser and Pennine Events Director, added: “There are a number of sponsorship packages still available.

“They’re a fantastic way to market your business through association, and promote your brand, at a lavish ceremony that celebrates the best local businesses.”

Award category sponsorship packages are priced at £1,750 plus VAT. This includes a table of 10 people at the event, logo on all publicity and marketing materials, bespoke video introduction of your company at the event and a presence in the Awards programme.

Please contact Mark Sandamas for a category or a bespoke non-category sponsorship package tailored for your business on 01772 447979 or

More information about Pendle Business Awards is available at