Young ‘Uns Awards receives backing from Federation of Small Businesses

The Young ‘Uns Awards, organised by Lancashire Business View magazine with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and Boost Business Lancashire, has announced further backing from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) which will become joint headline sponsor.

GaryLovattFSBRegionalChairmanThe awards, which has experienced a fantastic response, closed for entries on 14 April, is now in the validation and pre-score stage before entries go to a panel of judges on 6 May.

Gary Lovett, director at FSB commented: “The FSB is proud to sponsor Young Uns 2015. Nurturing tomorrow’s business leaders is absolutely vital for the future prosperity of the Lancashire economy and the FSB ourselves are addressing this within our membership by developing our FSB Connect brand which offers new and exciting business support opportunities to young and growth-hungry small business-owners.

"We have seen the Young Uns brand develop and really become established within the county and we are delighted to formalise our support.”

From legal eagles to digital dynamos, red-hot retailers to globetrotting international traders, there are 12 categories to ensure that anyone making waves in business is recognised.

There is also a Young ‘Un Business of the Year category to honour new organisations, and the most impressive entry overall will take home the esteemed ‘The Young ‘Un of 2015’ Award.

Richard Slater, publisher of Lancashire Business View, said: “We are delighted that the Federation of Small Businesses has come on board to support the Young ‘Uns Awards 2015 alongside UCLan and Boost Business Lancashire and we look forward to working together in promoting Lancashire’s young talent.

“Young ‘Uns started life as a feature in our magazine, profiling the sharpest business minds aged 36 and under. Eventually, we had so many fantastic stories that it became obvious we needed to honour them properly.”

More information on the awards can be found at www.lbvyoung-uns.co.uk. The shortlist will be announced on May 11 before the awards night itself on June 12. Tickets will go on sale shortly. Other sponsors include Preston’s College, Peter Scott Printers and Square Cactus.