The borough’s best businesses have been given special recognition at the first ever Hive Blackburn and Darwen Business Awards.
Finalists were joined by dignitaries, sponsors, judges and supporters at an exclusive black-tie event held at Blackburn Cathedral where the winners were announced and celebrated on stage.
To take home a trophy, organisations and individuals first had to undergo a rigorous judging process which sorted the good from the great. Awards were presented across a range of categories, including titles for those that showed the most creativity, manufacturing excellence, high growth and international achievement, as well as young entrepreneur and bright spark awards for individuals.
Khalid Saifullah, a director of Star Tissue and chairman of the Hive Network, which hosted the awards, said: “The inaugural Blackburn and Darwen Business Awards has been a fantastic success. Our goal was to showcase the extraordinary work being undertaken within the borough, and anybody who looks at the list of finalists and winners will realise what a truly special region this is.
“The awards really highlight the fantastic businesses we have within the borough and we’re pleased they’ve taken this opportunity to shout about what they do and celebrate the extraordinary people working for them.”
Metal fabrication and engineering services company WEC Group were triple winners on the night picking up The Eureka Award for innovation and the much sought-after Manufacturing Excellence Award. In addition to this young employee James Pickles was named winner of The Bright Spark Award for the vital role he plays for the company.
A full list of finalists and winners can be found below.
Headline sponsors of the Hive Blackburn and Darwen Business Awards are Blackburn College and Capita. The awards are also supported by Bowker Motor Group, Business and Enterprise Trust, East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, Forbes Solicitors, Heritage Envelopes, Napthens Solicitors, Pierce, Precision Polymer Engineering (PPE), Ronset, Royal Bank of Scotland and Taheedul Eudcation Trust. Media partners are The Bee FM, Square Cactus, Lancashire Business View and BBC Radio Lancashire.
The event was managed by award-winning Blackburn-based, Fettle Events.
Hive is a group of business leaders working together to inspire prosperity and is supported by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.