Best of Blackburn and Darwen honoured at business bash

By Dean

01 May 2015

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hive is a group of business leaders working together to inspire prosperity and is supported by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.

The Newcomer Award

• Access Ability CIC • Praetura Asset Finance• Prefix Systems - WINNER• Pure Star Cleaning

The Investing in the Future Award

• Lance Mason • Northern Industrial• Twin Valley Homes -WINNER• WEC Group

The High Growth Award

• Access Ability CIC • AMT Lawyers • Lance Mason Solicitors - WINNER• Northern Industrial

The Bright Spark Award

• Daniel Devitt, Blackburn Alarms • Lynsey Doran, Chase Templeton • Megan Gallacher, Twist Event Catering • James Pickles, WEC Group - WINNER

The International Achievement Award

• Contrado Digital • Northern Industrial• Precision Polymer Engineering - WINNER• Sovereign Beverage Company

The Eureka Award

• Prefix Systems • Scancapture • Twist Event Catering • WEC Group - WINNER

The Young Entrepreneur Award

• Daniel Halenko, Blackburn Alarms • Daniel Coletta, Chocolat By Daniel Coletta - WINNER• Michael Cropper, Contrado Digital • Sonia Duffin, Duffin’s Estate Agents

The Creative Agency Award

• Contrado Digital • Gregory Audio Visual • Source Creative • TPW Design Consultants - WINNER

The Enterprise in Education Award

• Blackburn College • Darwen Aldridge Community Academy - WINNER• Training 2000 • Westholme School

The Manufacturing Excellence Award

• Precision Polymer Engineering • Prefix Systems • WEC Group - WINNER• Woodscape

NOMINATED AWARDS

The Arte et Labore Award Andrew Graham – WINNERThe Hive Chairman’s Award Accrol Papers – WINNER

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