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Pendle Business Awards 2020 is coming!

Published: Tuesday, 14th January 2020


Pendle businesses are being urged to save the date for this year’s biennial Pendle Business Awards which is back in July.

The prestigious event, now in its seventh year, is taking place at the Fence Gate, Pendle’s finest 18th century inn and hotel, on Thursday 16 July.

The awards recognise the exceptional achievements of Pendle’s businesses over the last two years and honour the people behind them.

Businesses can enter online at from Monday 3 February.

Launching Pendle Business Awards 2020, Dennis Mendoros, OBE DL, Chairman of Pendle Vision Board which jointly organises the event with Pendle Council, said:

“I’m delighted that we’re able to continue to support our local businesses by putting a spotlight on them and celebrating their incredible achievements!

“There are 10 categories and this year there are two new ones which reflect our fast paced digital environment and how businesses are tackling their environmental impact.”

Categories dynamic

  1. Business Person of the Year
  2. Employer of the Year
  3. Business of the Year (Medium/large) 51 plus employees
  4. Business of the Year (Small) 11 – 50 employees
  5. Business of the Year (Micro) 1- 10 employees
  6. Rising Star (operating 0-2 years)
  7. Innovation Award
  8. Apprentice of the Year
  9. Pendle Social Responsibility Award
  10. Green Business Award

Councillor Mohammed Iqbal, Leader of Pendle Council, said: “This is a fantastic platform to put Pendle and its thriving economy in the spotlight.

“Many of our award winning and innovative businesses are recognised as some of the most enterprising in the UK.

“Whether you’re a one-man band with a local specialist trade; a growing small to medium-sized business or a large company with a worldwide reputation, don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate what you’ve achieved!”

Dean Langton, Pendle Council’s Chief Executive added: “Each year our events have continued to grow in stature and we’re delighted to be able to showcase the best of Pendle’s businesses again.

“Our awards ceremony in 2018 was a fantastic evening and we had some brilliant feedback from those who joined us.”

Frazer Durris, Managing Director of Businesswise Solutions, won Business Person of the Year in 2018.

He said: “I was so chuffed for the business to win Business Person of the Year in 2018.

“The amazing team that we've built has transformed the business and we have exciting growth plans.

“The award is testament to that and is a reflection of the contribution from everyone in the business."

As well as entering one of 10 categories to win an Award, Pendle businesses can champion the area and support this celebration of commerce in the borough by sponsoring the event.

Event organisers Pennine Events Ltd have again been appointed to deliver Pendle Business Awards 2020.

Mark Sandamas, founder and managing director of Pennine Events, said:

“Following the success of the 2018 Awards, we are thrilled to be appointed as event organisers once again to deliver the 2020 celebration of commerce in the borough. The Awards showcase immense growth in the business talent pool every year, making Pendle successful as a borough and a community.

“Being a sponsor of Pendle Business Awards gives businesses the opportunity to showcase their own achievements and boost their profile through a range of bespoke and prestigious packages, whilst supporting their local community. 

“Get in touch and find out more about the sponsorship opportunities available, as all packages can be tailored to fit the business’ objectives, including fully supported digital media profiling.”

If you're interested in any of the sponsorship packages, contact Nilma Solanki at Pennine Events Ltd on (01772) 447 979 or visit