Lancashire entrepreneurs given New Year's honours
The driving force behind the Funny Girls burlesque show and the sound engineer who has made a host of Hollywood blockbusters come to life have been included in the New Year's Honours list.Mark Crabtree, who was honoured with an OBE for services to advanced manufacturing and the creative industries, founded AMS Neve in 1976.
Its first product was used by ELO, 10cc and Paul McCartney, and the company's reputation has grown ever since, capturing a global and prestigious customer base.At the 2013 Oscars, 59 of the shortlisted films were recorded on the Burnley company’s equipment.
Blackpool-born Basil Newby, who opened the town's first gay nightclub in 1979 and later launched the hit Funny Girls show in 1994, has been awarded an MBE for services to business and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Blackpool.He told the BBC: "I kind of feel like this is for Blackpool as well as for me because I'm a Sandgrownun - I was born and bred in Blackpool. The businesses I've been running now for 35 years and it's just lovely after all that time that something that is part of Blackpool gets recognition." Leyland's Carol Kristina Holden, the chief executive of the Northwest Automotive Alliance, received an OBE for services to the automotive industry.