Inspiring young people honoured at Sub36 Awards

23 October 2020

Thirteen of the county’s most influential young men and women in business have won prizes including specialist mentoring and access to growth funding and sales support at the Sub36 Awards 2020.

The winners ranged from apprentices to managing directors and from sectors including children’s education, digital design and business support. What they all had in common was an innovative and inspiring start to their young careers.

Each winner was hand-selected by a panel of judges brought together by the Sub36 Awards, organised by Lancashire Business View magazine.

Categories covered Commitment to Skills, Go Green, Leader, and Philip Heyworth, managing director of JD Engineering, won the Sub36 Hero Award.

Philip was selected for the special award for his efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic, which included making ventilator parts and face covering fasteners free of charge for the NHS, and helping orchestrate a project which donated 24 tonnes of food to local community projects.

Awards organiser Richard Slater said: “Philip is an exceptional talent who stands out in a room crammed full of exceptional talent. He is a great ambassador of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, an innovative, exciting and dynamic business leader, and a true Lancashire humanitarian.”

The winners were then announced via a special online ceremony, which more than 250 people signed up to attend. The virtual event also featured inspiring speeches by Dave Fishwick, the Burnley entrepreneur who starred in his own award-winning TV show as he set up a community bank, and Imran Hakim, who conquered Dragons Den and went on to establish a UK-wide network of independent optical retail practices.

Dave talked about his journey from leaving school with no qualifications through to owning a successful international business portfolio, saying, “It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish.” Imran spoke of the importance of learning from more experienced leaders while lending a helping hand to those following in your footsteps.

Following the event, each winner will be encouraged to continue their impressive trajectory with a specialist package of support. They will benefit from one-to-one mentoring provided by the Northern Mentoring Programme and have access to growth funding from Rosebud and sales support through Sales Geek.

Richard Slater, publisher of Lancashire Business View, said: “Sub36 started life as a feature in the magazine and we had so many fantastic stories that it became obvious we needed to honour them properly.

“Since then Sub36 has grown to a programme of quarterly networking events and awards programme to celebrate the best of the best which has proved very popular.

“Not only do winners get a trophy to display proudly they also get access to our bespoke mentoring programme provided by our mentoring partner Northern Mentoring Programme which will support their growth and development.”

Headline sponsor of the awards is Positive Pennine, the mentoring partner is Northern Mentoring Programme and the funding partner is Rosebud. The awards are also sponsored by Bigtank Video Productions, Lancashire Skills and Employment Hub, PDS Engineering, Sales Geek, True Bearing Financial Planners and Two Zero.

Full details of the awards can be found at

List of winners in full

Apprentice Award sponsored by : Lancashire Skills and Employment Hub

Daniel Frampton, Acumen Financial Partnership

Commitment to Skills Award

Electricity North West

Creative Award sponsored by : Bigtank Video Productions

Lolli Molyneux-Dixon, Root Fifty Two

Customer Champion Award

Ellena Morgan, Little Voices Fylde


Employee of the Year Award

Amy King, Community and Business Partners

Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Aaron Crewe,

Go Green Award

Jack Bannister, Rapid IT


Innovator Award sponsored by : PDS Engineering

Craig Hollings, Spiroflow

Lancastrian of the Year Award sponsored by : True Bearing Chartered Financial Planners

Philip Heyworth, JD Engineering


Leader Award

Yasemin Sunbul, Openreach

Made in Lancashire Award

Kate Horton, Group55

New Business Award sponsored by : Positive Pennine
Dynamic Recruitment

Professional of the Year Award sponsored by : Two Zero
John Pickervance, Forbes Solicitors

Sub36 Hero Award sponsored by : Lancashire Business View
Philip Heyworth, JD Engineering

To watch the Sub36 Awards 2020 virtual ceremony on demand, please click here

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