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Judges visits come to a close for Pendle Business Awards 2018

Published: Tuesday, 22nd May 2018

Pendle Business Awards 2016

After weeks of visiting companies shortlisted for a prestigious Pendle Business Award, the judging has now come to a close.

The panel, made up of representatives from local private sector businesses and Pendle Council, went on the road to visit 28 finalists from each of the nine categories.

The judges have decided who will take the title in each category – but their lips are sealed until the ceremony in July!

Paul Collins, Business Support Team Leader and one of the judges, added: “Thank you to all the shortlisted businesses for inviting us behind the scenes.

“It’s fantastic to see what really makes them tick and get to the heart of their operations - there really is no better way to see what drives a business to success!”

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

This year’s ceremony will take place at the Fence Gate Inn on Thursday 5 July.

It’s being supported by many local companies and organisations which are sponsoring the event.

These include Pendle Engineering Ltd, Merc Aerospace; Nelson and Colne College; Nelson Town Council; Barnfield Construction; BusinessWise Solutions; Protec Fire Detection Plc; Riggs Autopack; UCLan – Burnley Campus; Hippo Motor Group;  Farmhouse Biscuits; Svenska Handelsbanken; Training 2000 and Unique Clean.

Dennis Mendoros, OBE DL, Chairman of Pendle Vision Board and President of Mendor Enterprises, said:

“The standard of entries this year was extremely high, and we’re really looking forward to honouring everyone who entered as well as revealing our winners for 2018.”

Pendle Business Awards not only aims to raise the profile of local businesses but it raises money for local charities too.

This year it’s supporting SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity which helps the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.

SSAFA provides specialist services and practical, emotional and financial support, whilst also promoting their independence and dignity.

If you can donate raffle prizes to help support the cause, please contact Pennine Events on or 01772 447979.

Pendle Business Awards 2018 shortlist

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