HIVE honours Blackburn's business heroes

Businesses in Blackburn with Darwen who went above and beyond to help their community have been recognised with HIVE awards.

HIVE, the business network launched to champion the borough, would usually have hosted an annual business awards but for the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, it honoured 13 organisations at the HIVE In It Together Awards.

The businesses nominated who were recognised on the night were: WEC Group Ltd, CMAC Group, Unit 2 Fitness For Women, Blackburn Youth Zone, Creative Football, The Wish Centre, The Wellbeing Farm, Ewood Experience at Blackburn Rovers, Pierce CA ltd, CUBE HR Consultancy Limited, Blackburn Sea Cadets and Pulford Farm Dairies.

In addition to the 13 businesses recognised on the night for their innovation, commitment, tenacity and dedication there were also five businesses featured as case studies. Showcasing what they did and how they did it, the case study businesses were The Cardboard Box Company, Herbert Parkinson, Star Tissue, Community Clothing and Blackburn BID.

Ian Brown, chairman of HIVE said: "We were overwhelmed with nominations and want to thank everyone for getting involved. The nominations were both heart-warming and humbling and it was wonderful to see how the communities of Blackburn with Darwen have come together to support each other.

"We spent a lot of time reviewing each nomination and actually increased the number of recognition awards than we had planned to! We just couldn’t let the opportunity pass to recognise as many of those employees, teams, organisations and businesses as we could that really have gone above and beyond in a time of national crisis."

The event was hosted online and featured comedian Tez Ilyas as compere. It can be viewed here.

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