Red Rose Awards celebrate the best of Lancashire business

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A range of Lancashire’s most popular new businesses – ranging from a hospice, to a historic tourist destination, to a vaping firm with global reach – have all received honours at the recent Red Rose Awards evening.

The Red Rose Awards have now been going for nine years, with this year’s iteration being held at Blackpool’s famous Winter Gardens venue, in front of a room full of around 1,000 business owners and a range of public sector figures.

There were a range of awards handed out across a range of 26 business-related categories, with the awards able to honour a diverse selection of business sectors including legal services, digital and not-for-profit organisations.

Four companies were able to scoop a couple of awards each. The four companies who were particularly celebrated were:

– leisure group James’ Places

– Silverwoods, a recycling firm from Clitheroe

– Vampire Vape from Blackburn

– Advocacy Focus who are based out of Accrington

Achieving one, let alone two, of these awards was no mean feat, as before getting to the point of collecting their award on stage on the big night, each of the winning companies was first chosen from many, in some cases hundreds, of nominations. Whether you were a charity in Preston or solicitors in Lancashire as a whole, you had the same task.

This was then narrowed down to a shortlist of the most promising options, with each of the shortlisted companies then able to make their pitch to a group of judges. Over 60 experts were involved in the judging process at one time or another, so it really was an extensive process.

Commenting on the awards themselves, Oliver Burton, chief executive of Forbes Solicitors who were the headline sponsor of the event, said: “We’ve supported the Red Rose Awards since it launched in 2011 and were honoured to do so once again in 2019. The whole process has been a fantastic experience and the event was once again an amazing night and one to remember. The awards are a showcase of success for so many Lancashire businesses and the real highlight of the calendar.”

John Stanworth, who is Head of Corporate Banking at another headline sponsor, Barclays, said: “It is always a privilege to be associated with awards that unashamedly celebrate business success in Lancashire. The Red Rose Awards create a positive culture and a buzz across the county and the ceremony was yet again not one to be missed! Congratulations to all winners.”

Richard Slater of Lancashire Business View magazine, who are behind the Red Rose Awards, stated: “The Red Rose Awards has been yet another fantastic showcase of the incredible businesses and the work they do right here in Lancashire. This awards ceremony is our chance to shine a spotlight on these companies – as much as the familiar names – so that everyone throughout the county, and beyond, can celebrate their great work. The ultimate aim of the Red Rose Awards is to prove that you can – and should – buy everything you need right here in Lancashire. And anyone who was there on the night, or who has read through the list of winners and finalists, will be convinced this is true.”