Lancashire Business View recognised for contribution to county

Lancashire Business View’s work championing the county has been officially recognised with another top award.

The publication received the coveted ‘Contribution to Lancashire’ honour in this year’s Lancashire Business Awards, hosted by Downtown in Business.

And it marks a hat-trick of honours for the independent publisher in 2019. Lancashire Business View triumphed in the ‘news and magazine’ category at the prestigious Prolific North awards last month.

Earlier this year the title received the ‘Time to Shine Partnership Award’ from the charity Cash for Kids after its Red Rose Awards raised almost £40,000 for the local good cause since 2016.

Richard Slater, publisher, who founded Lancashire Business View in 2005, received its latest honour from Downtown in Business chief executive and group chairman Frank McKenna at a gala awards ceremony at Stanley House in Mellor last night.

Announcing the award, the evening’s host Jim Hancock said that it recognised Lancashire Business View’s work reporting the news, bringing the business community together and for its Red Rose awards.

Richard praised the team at Lancashire Business View, describing them as “phenomenal”, and said: “We have set out from day one to help make Lancashire a more prosperous county, to report on what is happening here but also to try and add something. I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved.”

He also called on the audience at Stanley House to support the publication’s high profile campaign to get people in the county to do more business with each other.

The 'Buy it in Lancashire' campaign aims to bring £1bn of spend into the county by persuading Lancashire procurers to purchase more from Lancashire suppliers.

The awards cap an exciting year of growth for the Blackburn-based team, which has seen significant investment in the redesigns of its print magazine and website.

Preston-based Conlon Construction won the Chief Executive Award. Chairman Michael Conlon received the honour from Frank McKenna.

He said that the company’s values had remained the same since it started life almost 59 years ago. “It’s about being nice to the people you work for.”

The Seafood Pub Company was named Business of the Year at the gala ceremony.

Other award winners on the evening:

Young Entrepreneur: Anastasia Kenyon, Kandi Cosmetics

Employer of the Year: Fresh Perspective Resourcing

Employee of the Year: Loredana Emmerson, Coolkit

Newcomer: Sales Geek

Creative Business: Media Village

Social Media Marketeer: Rebecca Jane, PH7 Wellbeing Centre

Corporate Social Responsibility: Lantel Compliance Services

Legal Company: Harrison Drury Solicitors

Financial Services: Champion Accountants

Business Bank: NatWest

Property Business: Eric Wright Group

Recruitment Company: Laura Hartley Recruitment

Customer Focused Business: Everything Tech

Hospitality Venue: 1842 Restaurant and Bar

Hotel of the Year: The Villa, Wrea Green

Business Enabler: Neil Welsh, PM+M Accountants

Male Networker: Sam Whitear, Business Lancashire

Female Networker: Victoria O’Connor, Reed