Hive Blackburn and Darwen Business Awards 2017 launched!

30 January 2017

The Hive Blackburn and Darwen Business Awards are back for their third year to celebrate the very best of business in the borough!

Led by the Hive business leader’s network, the Awards will take place on Wednesday 10 May at the magnificent King George’s Hall.

Presented in association with Blackburn College, Capita and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, it is open to businesses, organisations and individuals across 14 categories. Entries are now open, with a deadline of Friday March 31, at

Khalid Saifullah, chairman of Hive and director of local manufacturing firm Star Tissue UK, said: “The Hive Blackburn and Darwen Business Awards is back for 2017 and is a great chance for businesses, organisations and individuals to shout about what they do and celebrate the extraordinary people working for them.

“The Hive Business Leaders Network are looking forward to receiving entries and celebrating with everyone on the night.”

Nicola Clayton, director of business development and external engagement at Blackburn College, said: “We are delighted to be a headline sponsor of these awards for the third year.

“Many of the borough’s businesses work closely with us, as indispensable partners who help us provide a vibrant and purposeful curriculum. They provide vital recruitment opportunities and contribute to the growth and prosperity of our economy.”

“This is a great chance for them to get deserved recognition for their achievements and what they do for Blackburn and Darwen.”

Ian Richardson, regional director at Capita, added: “We are proud to be sponsoring Hive Blackburn and Darwen Business Awards for the third year running.

“They are a fantastic opportunity to develop closer relationships with local businesses and shout from the rooftops about the great things they are bringing to our local economy.”

Councillor Mohammed Khan, leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “Entrepreneurship and innovation is something to be championed and celebrated. The Council is delighted to be supporting the awards which act as a showcase for the best of our high performing local businesses.”

There are 14 awards in total; including the Hive Chairman’s Award and the Arte et Labore Award as well as the The Business Person of the Year Award and The Young Employee Award.

Other categories include; The Newcomer Award, The Family Business Award, The Buzz Award, The Investing in Skills Award, The Innovation Award, The Made in Blackburn and Darwen Manufacturing Award, The Creative and Digital Award, The International Achievement Award and The Commitment to Blackburn and Darwen Award.

More information about the Hive Blackburn with Darwen Business Awards and full details about each category and how to enter are available online at  

Headline sponsors of the Hive Awards 2017 are Blackburn College, Capita and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council. Other sponsors include the Business and Enterprise Trust, East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, Forbes Solicitors, Heritage Envelopes, Maple Grove Developments, Napthens Solicitors, Northcote at the Rovers, Parkinson Signs, Pierce Chartered Accountants, Precision Polymer Engineering (PPE), WEC Group and Whittle Jones, with media partners including 2BR, Lancashire Telegraph, Lancashire Business View and Square Cactus.

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