Published Friday 29 January 2016 at 16:15
The Hive Blackburn and Darwen Business Awards is back for its second year to celebrate the very best of business in the borough.
Led by the Hive business leaders network, the Awards will take place on Thursday, May 26 at the Blackburn Cathedral.
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, April 1.
Khalid Saifullah, chairman of Hive and director of local manufacturing firm Star Tissue UK, said: “It’s a great chance for businesses, organisations and individuals to shout about what they do and celebrate the extraordinary people working for them. We look forward to receiving entries and celebrating with everyone on the night.”
Nicola Clayton, director of business development and external engagement at Blackburn College, said:
“As a college we work closely with many local businesses and are constantly witness to their achievements and what they do for Blackburn and Darwen. This is a great chance for them to get deserved recognition for that.”
Ian Richardson, regional director at Capita, added:
“It’s 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.”
Commenting on the awards, leader of Blackburn with Darwen Borough council, Councillor Mohammed Khan said:
“2016 is a significant year for Blackburn with Darwen’s business community, with many investments either completing or due to start.
“We’re delighted that the council is able to play a full role in supporting the awards and we look forward to recognising businesses’ commitment to the borough.”
There are 14 awards in total; including the Hive Chairman’s Award and the Arte et Labore Award as well as the The Young Entrepreneur and The Young Employee Award.
Other categories include; The Newcomer Award, The Family Business Award, The International Achievement Award, The High Growth Award, The Innovation Award, The Investing in Future Skills Award, The Creative and Digital Award, The Made in Blackburn and Darwen Manufacturing Award and, new for this year, The Buzz Award and The Commitment to Blackburn and Darwen Award.
Other sponsors include: Business and Enterprise Trust, East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, Forbes Solicitors, Heritage Envelopes, Napthens Solicitors, Pierce Chartered Accountants, Precision Polymer Engineering (PPE), Ronset and Tauheedul Education Trust, with media partners including Lancashire Telegraph, The Bee and Lancashire Business View.