Pendle Business Awards 2016 winners revealed!

The winners of Pendle Business Awards 2016 were revealed at a glittering ceremony at the Fence Gate Inn.

John Gillmore (Gilly), BBC Radio Lancashire’s afternoon and Saturday breakfast presenter, hosted the black-tie event organised jointly by Pendle Council and Pendle Vision Board.

Coun Mohammed Iqbal, leader of Pendle Council, said: “We were joined by some of the borough’s best businesses and I was really proud to be among them.

“There was a lot of excitement as the winners of each award were revealed, which made for an electric atmosphere.”

The evening started with a champagne reception followed by a three course gala dinner and the much anticipated ceremony.

Winners once again took away a coveted Pendle trophy – a glass and metal sculpture inspired by Pendle Hill, made by local company Merc Aerospace.

And all of the shortlisted companies received a Highly Commended certificate.

The Awards, now in their fifth year, celebrate Pendle’s businesses which have great ambition and are highly skilled in their sectors.

Some are trading locally and globally and many have strong specialisms, including precision engineering and logistics.

Dennis Mendoros, chairman of Pendle Vision Board, added: “Congratulations to all our winners and those who made the shortlist.

“We had the most entries ever this year and I know the judges had a difficult job deciding the winners for each category.

“A big thank you to Gregory AV which helped to make sure the evening was professionally presented and thank you to everyone who sponsored the evening – it really helped to make it a very memorable one.”

Stephen Barnes, Pendle Council’s former chief executive, who retired after 40 years’ dedicated service, received this year’s Chairman’s Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Businesses helped to raise £1,540 on the night for this year’s nominated charity Nelson & District Royal British Legion.

Pendle Business Awards 2016 was sponsored by Training 2000, Barnfield Construction, JD Engineering Ltd, Farmhouse Biscuits, Printoff and Concept4, Nelson and Colne College, KM Business Solutions, Pendle Rise Shopping Centre, Daisy Communications, Svenska Handelsbanken, Boundary Mill and Merc Aerospace.

Pendle Business Awards 2016 Winners:

Business Person of the Year

Winner: Jackie Sanderson, Sanderson Dance & Fitness Highly commended: Glenn Stock, Unique Clean and Jane Cleaver, Concept4 and Printoff


Pendle Employer of the Year

Winner: Stanley House Veterinary Group Highly commended: Sanderson Dance & Fitness and Harvey Environmental Services


Most Outstanding Business of the Year (Medium/Large)

Winner: Richard Wellock & Sons Highly commended: The Sovereign Group and Matthew Kibble Transport


Most Outstanding Business of the Year (Small)

Winner: Riggs Autopack Highly commended: Giddy Kippers, Denwa, Kedel


Most Outstanding Business of the Year (Micro)

Winner: Unique Clean Highly commended: James Bontoft Optometrist and Weighing Scales


Rising Star of the Year

Winner: Little Blossoms of Barrowford Highly commended: CrossFit Pendle and No. 62


Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Winner: Sebastian David Hadfield, Pendle NuTech Highly commended: Harron Yousaf, Stylz Hairdressing and Training Academy and Selly Wellock, Sally’s Pasta


Pendle Apprentice Employer of the Year

Winner: Hughes & Co Highly commended: Matthew Kibble Transport, Little Blossoms of Barrowford


Pendle Technology and Innovation Business of the Year

Winner: SIS Science in Sport Highly commended: Loft Leg and Kedel


Pendle Manufacturer of the Year

Winner: S Dawes Weaving Highly commended: Riggs Autopack and Sugden


Chairman’s Award for Lifetime Achievement Winner: Stephen  Barnes, former chief executive of Pendle Council