Hyndburn Enterprise Awards introduced at ceremony at Accrington City Corridor

Hyndburn Business Awards announced at ceremony at Accrington Town Hall

This year’s Hyndburn Business Awards winners were announced during a ceremony at Accrington Town Hall.

With nearly 190 attendees including businesses, sponsors and supporters, the awards ceremony was the first major event at Accrington City Hall, Lancashire, since the lockdown.

There were 589 nominations for the awards this year, including the Enterprise Person, Pride of Hyndburn and Small Business categories.

A special award was given in honor of the late councilor Tony Dobson, who was a passionate supporter of local businesses and who sadly passed away last March after serving 21 years on Barnfield councilor and former mayor.

The highest award of the evening was the Beacon Award, which is given to the most inspiring company.

The winner was the NORI HR and Employment Law of Oswaldtwistle, which was only founded in 2019 by the married couple Amrita and Jason Govindji-Bruce.

At last year’s awards, the company was delighted to have won the New Business title, but since the event was virtual there were no trophies.

So Jason asked Alexis of Walking on Glass, who is engraving the Beacon Award, with Valentine to make one to celebrate the company’s success.

Jason said, “Now we have a second trophy besides last year’s one.

“I knew we had done a lot, but we didn’t want to stand out and didn’t think we could have been in the running for the Beacon Award.

“We want to support our customers and our network partners and to be recognized locally, is nice; It’s really a massive shock. “

From the left, Alexis Valentine presents the B2B Business Trophy to Jason Govindji-Bruce from NORI HR and Employment Law on behalf of the sponsor lovelocalnetworking. (All images: Liz Henson Photography)

NORI, named after the famous Accrington stone, also won the B2B business title, was highly acclaimed in Small Business, and was a finalist in Customer Friendly and Workforce Development.

Rob Carder, from Enterprising People, said, “We created the 2016 Hyndburn Business Awards to find a way to recognize and celebrate the achievements of our diverse business world.

“When we started we had no idea if we could do it, but it has and it has evolved and even the coronavirus couldn’t stop us.”

Miranda Barker, CEO of Sponsor East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, said, “It is wonderful to see the local economy doing, and we now hope that members of the hospitality, tourism and leisure industries are recovering too.”

Sundown Group’s Ben Lee presents the Enterprise Trophy to Rebecca Hodgson, Managing Director of Carers Link Lancashire. (Liz Henson Photography)

Carers Link Lancashire won the “Large Enterprise” title, was a finalist in “Not for Profit” and CEO Rebecca Hodgson personally won the “Enterprise Person” title.

She said, “We support unpaid caregivers across East Lancashire, more than 10,000 people.

“I’ve been with the charity for six years, starting out as a manager and working my way up to CEO.

“Initially, we received 96 percent of our funding from government agencies, not about 72 percent, and I’m looking for new sources of funding.”

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Here is the full list of the evening’s winners:

Beacon award

Winner: NORI Personnel & Labor Law

Tony Dobson Prize

The A-Team Dance & Fitness

Large corporations sponsored by Haworth Chartered Accountants Advocacy Focus

Winner: Careers Link Lancashire

Highly recommended: System Hygiene Limited

Small business sponsored by Silverwoods Waste Management

Winner: Little Secrets Clothing Ltd.

Highly recommended: Cover My Bubble LTD and NORI HR & Employment Law

New business sponsored by WHN lawyers

Winner: Hot Tub Rentals in East Lancs

Made in Hyndburn, sponsored by Sundown Solutions

Winner: Little Liv’s Bakery

Customer friendly business sponsored by Community Solutions NW

Winner: Cover My Bubble LTD

MicroBusiness sponsored by Civic Arts and Theater

Winner: Samantha’s Clubhouse Childmining Services

Independent retailer sponsored by Cover My Bubble Ltd

Winner: Westend Fish and Chips

Highly recommended: Brie Mine and Feral & Funky Kids Co

Creative Business sponsored by Just Imagine UK

Winner: Feral & Funky Kids Co

Highly recommended: House Of Fusion – Dance & Community Arts

Retailer sponsored by Liz Pollard Consultancy

Winner: House Of Fusion – Dance & Community Arts

Not for Profit Sponsored by Accrington Observer

Winner: Careers Link Lancashire

Highly Recommended: Advocacy and Community Solutions North West Limited

Workforce Development Award sponsored by Nelson and Colne College Group

Winner: advocacy focus

Pride of Hyndburn, sponsored by Acorns of Lancashire

Winner: Hyndburn Hub

Highly recommended: Helen Bird

B2B business sponsored by lovelocalnetworking

Winner: NORI Personnel & Labor Law

Health and beauty store sponsored by Pure Perfection

Winner: Karma Minds Training & Personal Development Ltd