Lancashire businesses celebrate at biggest ever Red Rose Awards

More than 1,100 representatives of Lancashire business celebrated another fantastic 12 months of trading at the fourth annual Red Rose Awards - the biggest to date.

The guests attended the glittering ceremony held at Blackpool's Winter Gardens. TV and radio personality Graham Liver compered the event, and awards were handed out across 25 categories.

The Red Rose Awards is the event which takes business seriously, but does so with a smile on its face. Entertainment was provided by the NHS 100 Voice Choir, Blowjangles and the Ian Hooper Band. A special award, chosen by the publisher of Lancashire Business View, was presented to Funda.

Richard Slater, publisher of Lancashire Business View and producer of the Red Rose Awards said: “It was a remarkable night of celebration for Lancashire business

“There’s a renewed vigour and confidence in the county’s business community and this was demonstrated by the demand to be a part of the event; we’re told this is the biggest dinner gathering ever seen in one room in the county.

“There is no question, Lancashire was the winner.”

Red Rose Awards 2014 in numbers:

1,160 guests 195 shortlisted applications 139 finalist businesses 26 Winners 5 Highly Commended awards 50 judges 31 sponsors 50 musicians 3 stages 2 living tables 9 big screens 850 bacon butties at midnight!

Headline sponsors for the event were Forbes Solicitors and Barclays. A full review and picture gallery will featured in the May/June edition of Lancashire Business View.

Click here for the full gallery. Here is the list of all winners:

eCommerce Award: One Iota One iota

Caring Employer of the Year (sponsored by Mosaic Care): Funda FUNDA

Commitment to Skills Award (sponsored by BAE Systems): FGH Security FGH Security

Rural Business of the Year (sponsored by Superfast Lancashire): Canal Boat Cruises Canal Boat Cruises

Green Business of the Year (sponsored by WEC Group): Silverwoods Waste Management Highly commended: The Wellbeing FarmSilverwoods Waste Management

Not for Profit Business of the Year (sponsored by Ascentis): Blackburn Youth Zone Highly commended: FCMS (NW)

Blackburn Youth Zone

Health and Care Award (sponsored by Via Training): Springhill Care Highly commended: Trinity Hospice and Palliative Care Springhill Care Group (2)

International Achievement Award (sponsored by Cassons): Fairbanks Fairbanks Environmental

Innovation Award (sponsored by Preston's College): Connect Group Highly commended: Uniplay Connect Technology Group

Growing Business Award (sponsored by Boost): Andrew Porter Andrew Porter

Marketing Business of the Year (sponsored by Peter Scott Print): SEO 247 SEO 247

Retail Business of the Year (sponsored by 2BR and the Bee): Dawsons Department Store Dawsons Department Store

Tourism and Leisure Business of the Year (sponsored by Marketing Lancashire): The Cartford Inn Highly commended: Crow Wood Leisure The Cartford Inn

Construction Business of the Year (sponsored by Red Rose Dry Lining): Cassidy + Ashton Cassidy and Ashton

Customer Service Award (sponsored by Abbey Telecom): Springhill Care Springhill care Group

Engineering Business of the Year (sponsored by PM+M): Connect 2 CleanroomsConnect 2 Cleanrooms

Legal Team of the Year (sponsored by Recall): Harrison Drury Highly commended: Woodcocks Haworth & Nuttall Harrison Drury

Manufacturing Business of the Year (sponsored by Barclays): Tangerine Holdings Tangerine

Property Business of the Year (sponsored by Lantei): Slatecape Slatescape

Financial Services Team of the Year (sponsored by Magma Digital): Taylor Patterson Taylor Patterson

New Business of the Year (sponsored by the Business Enterprise Trust): The Green Chimney The Green Chimney

Family Business of the Year (sponsored by Laura Hartley Recruitment): Laila's Fine Foods Lailas Fine Foods

Small Business of the Year (sponsored by Federation of Small Businesses): Made in Preston Made In Preston

Medium Business of the Year (sponsored by Napthens): Connect 2 Cleanrooms Connect 2 Cleanrooms 2

Large Business of the Year (sponsored by Forbes Solicitors): acdc acdc LED Publisher's Choice Award: Funda FUNDA publishers