Long list lines up as WEC announce sponsorship

The businesses are chasing the opportunity to win a Red Rose Award at the ceremony in Blackpool on March 15.

Richard Slater, publisher of Lancashire Business View magazine, which is hosting the awards, said: “The quality and depth of the businesses in the running is very high. You get a feel for how strong the line-up is when you see the very good firms who didn’t make it past the first stage.”

The last 137 businesses still standing will face the judges next week in pursuit of the 20 awards on offer.

Meanwhile, another new has been unveiled.

WEC Engineering, based in Darwen, is one of the largest engineering and fabrication groups of its type in the UK. A multiple award winner in its own right, WEC is to sponsor the Environmental Impact Award. WEC will also manufacture this year’s prizes.

Director Stephen Hartley said: “WEC Group are delighted to be supporting the Red Rose Awards which give an opportunity for businesses across Lancashire to showcase their excellence to the county and beyond.

“WEC keep environmental issues close at heart and for the past couple of years we have been heavily involved with an initiative aimed at reducing the amount of waste entering the waterways through sewers overflow. The Environmental Impact Award will reward a company that works towards preserving the future of the county’s next generations and we are honoured to sponsor this category.”

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, OBAS and Lanway.

• Tables and tickets are now on sale for the Red Rose Awards at www.redroseawards.co.uk
• Some sponsorship opportunities remain. For details, contact Stephen Bolton on 01254 297870.