Young stars shine at Sub36 Awards

The incredible achievements of the next generation of Lancashire business leaders were celebrated at the 2019 Sub36 Awards.

The Lancashire Business View awards, were revealed at a glittering event at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool before more than 250 guests.

Individuals under the age of 36, and the businesses they run, were celebrated across 11 awards categories ranging from customer service to innovation and leadership.

Jake Duthie, a mechanical engineer at Pipeline Induction Heat, won the special Sub36 Award.

And David Walker, managing director of +24 Marketing, was named Young Lancastrian of the Year.

Lancashire Business View publisher and event founder Richard Slater said: “These awards celebrate the incredible achievements of the best of the best of the new breed of Lancashire business folk.”

Describing them as the “new heroes of the Lancashire economy”, he said: “We want these Sub36 superheroes to stay here in the county and make it a great place to do business.”

Each of the 11 winners will now receive advice and support from established entrepreneurs from across Lancashire through the Northern Mentoring Programme. They will also get valuable sales training from Sales Geek, previous Sub36 winners.

We want these Sub36 superheroes to stay here in the county and make it a great place to do business.

David Walker, winner of the Young Lancastrian Award, said: “That was a surprise! It is just an honour to be nominated.

“As someone who is passionate about Lancashire and my home town of Burnley, this really is something special.”

Jake Duthie, 23, from Burnley, the winner of the Sub36 award, said: “I had no idea that I was going to receive this. This is a fantastic award. I love my job and the opportunities it presents. My ambition is to keep on learning and to develop in the business.”

The winners were selected by a panel of 20 judges, consisting of sponsors, local entrepreneurs and prominent Lancashire figures.

Headline sponsors of the awards were Fat Media. Group marketing manager Stephanie Whitworth said: “We love being a part of such a unique event, bringing these talented individuals the recognition they deserve.”

Shortlisted finalists, colleagues and business figures from around the county attended the event, which was compared by Mike Stevens of the BBC.

Other supporters of the awards included +24 Marketing, Begbies Traynor, Blackburn College, Lancashire Skills & Employment Hub, Northern Mentoring Programme, Nybble IT, PDS CNC Engineering, Pennine Wealth Solutions, Lancaster, The Rovers Events, Sales Geek, Tailor Made Sourcing, True Bearing and the Winter Gardens, Blackpool.

The winners

Apprentice Award: Matthew Skellorn, training and event co-ordinator, Lantei Compliance Services
Innovator Award: Sam Marsh, managing director, Jigsaw Project Services
Customer Champion: Ellie Pritchard, marketing consultant, Hotfoot Design
Entrepreneur of the Year: Kieran Fletcher, founder and creative director, FUNDA
Young Professional: Angelo Kornecki, director, AKORN Financial Advice
Creative Award: Graham Radnedge, managing director, Camperversions
Employee of the Year: Leah Hutchinson, fundraiser, Pendleside Hospice
Leader Award: Gabrielle McNamara, general manager, The Hyman Group
New Business Award: The Transform Hub
Young Lancastrian: David Walker, managing director, +24 Marketing
The Sub36 Award: Jake Duthie, mechanical engineer, Pipeline Induction Heat