Second major win for North West business after year of success

Community & Business Partners based in Blackburn has prevailed at Lancashire Business View’s Red Rose Awards, winning the Corporate Social Responsibility Award.

The win follows the organisation taking home the “Top Team” award just a month ago at the North West Employer Engagement Group awards evening.

As a result of their last win, their CEO Amanda Meachin was invited to join the Leader’s Council of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which is Chaired by Lord Blunkett, and she recently featured on their Leadership podcast.

The Red Rose Awards are held in Blackpool every year, and play out in front of an audience of more than 1,000 business professionals. This 2021 event saw the awards celebrated for the eleventh time!

Businesses from the length and breadth of the county vied for titles across a range of categories, with only the best of the best, as selected by a panel of expert judges, progressing through to the shortlist and a rigorous interview stage before being rewarded for their excellence.

Amanda Meachin, CEO of Community & Business Partners said: “We’re really proud to have been recognised regionally, and nationally, on three occasions in the last month. Winning the Corporate Social Responsibility Award means the world to us. For us, CSR isn’t something that we do as an add on, but is at the heart of every single project we engage in and I am so pleased that this has been recognised, for our incredible team members.”

Event founder Richard Slater, also the publisher of Lancashire Business View magazine, said: “The Red Rose Awards, now in its eleventh year, are very hotly contested, so Community & Business Partners should be very proud that they have seen off all the competition to win this award! 

Amanda added: “I am incredibly proud of the team. Throughout the Pandemic they have worked tirelessly to support businesses to be resilient. We have been appointed by the Home Office as at UK’s only not-for-profit endorsing body for oversees entrepreneurs wanting to set up in the UK and we were recently awarded ISO9001, for the tenth year running, which is the international standard for a quality management system”.

“We’ve also recently been engaged by the charity Rugby Cares, who help rugby players towards the end of their careers to equip them for life after their playing career. All of these things are testament to the incredible team of staff, business mentors and community volunteers, without whom none of this would be possible"