Final call for entries and new sponsor unveiled

The awards, presented by Lancashire Business View magazine in association with Forbes Solicitors, are a showcase for the county’s commercial and industrial excellence.

Richard Slater, publisher of the magazine, said: “We’ve had an excellent response to all categories, but there’s still time to take part.”

Meanwhile, a new sponsor has just been announced for the awards. Obas, the Longridge-based professional trades supplier, is to sponsor the Property and Construction Award.

Norman Tenray, Obas managing director, said: “We are delighted to sponsor the Red Rose Awards for a second year.

“The standard and quality of applications last year made for a challenging judging process. We are incredibly proud to be based in Lancashire amongst such talented, enthusiastic and committed businesses which, against all odds, are demonstrating their commitment, passion and enthusiasm to build outstanding businesses and success.

“As a multiple award winning company in our own right, we recognise the huge benefit of being involved in the award process regardless of being shortlisted as a finalist or winning!”

Other sponsors are: Forbes Solicitors, who are the headline sponsor, Ashton Hoyle IFA, Peter Scott Printers, Lancashire County Council,Yorkshire Bank, Laura Hartley Recruitment, Huddle Media, Federation of Small Businesses, YFM Equity Partners, Napthens Solicitors and Lanway.

The awards event will take place on March 15 at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool.

The closing date for entries is Thursday January 26 at 5pm and submissions can be made at