Pendle Business Awards – The 2016 Winners
The winners of Pendle Business Awards 2016 were revealed at a glittering ceremony last night.
John Gillmore (Gilly), BBC Radio Lancashire’s afternoon and Saturday breakfast presenter, hosted the black-tie event organised jointly by Pendle Council and Pendle Vision Board.
Shortlisted businesses were joined by the borough’s dignitaries, judges and sponsors in the packed Cromdale Room at the Fence Gate Inn.
Councillor Mohammed Iqbal, Leader of Pendle Council, said: “Last night was absolutely fantastic! We were joined by some of the borough’s best businesses and I was really proud to be among them.There was a lot of excitement as the winners of each award were revealed, which made for an electric atmosphere.”
The evening, which celebrated everything about Pendle, started with a champagne reception followed by a three course gala dinner and the much anticipated ceremony.
Winners once again took away a coveted Pendle trophy – an elegant glass and metal sculpture inspired by Pendle Hill, made by local company Merc Aerospace. And all of the shortlisted companies received a Highly Commended certificate.
The Awards, now in their fifth year, celebrate Pendle’s businesses which have great ambition and are highly skilled in their sectors. Some are trading locally and globally and many have strong specialisms, including precision engineering and logistics.
Dennis Mendoros, Chairman of Pendle Vision Board, added: “Congratulations to all our winners and those who made the shortlist. We had the most entries ever this year and I know the judges had a difficult job deciding the winners for each category. A big thank you to Gregory AV which helped to make sure the evening was professionally presented and thank you to everyone who sponsored the evening – it really helped to make it a very memorable one!”
Stephen Barnes, Pendle Council’s former Chief Executive who retired after 40 years’ dedicated service, received this year’s Chairman’s Award for Lifetime Achievement.
When presenting the Award Dennis said that although Stephen wasn’t a businessman, he was being recognised for his business acumen and business commitment during his time as Pendle Council’s Chief Executive.
Businesses helped to raise £1,540 on the night for this year’s nominated charity Nelson & District Royal British Legion.
Pendle Business Awards 2016 was sponsored by Training 2000, Barnfield Construction, JD Engineering Ltd, Farmhouse Biscuits, Printoff and Concept4, Nelson and Colne College, KM Business Solutions, Pendle Rise Shopping Centre, Daisy Communications, Svenska Handelsbanken, Boundary Mill and Merc Aerospace Ltd.
The winners and photos are available to see at www.pendle.gov.uk/pba