Valley winner in Red Rose award line-up

The team from Bowland Bioenergy, winners in the Rural Diversification category at theRed Rose Business Awards. (s)
The team from Bowland Bioenergy, winners in the Rural Diversification category at theRed Rose Business Awards. (s)
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More than 1,100 members of the Lancashire business community celebrated at the sell-out Red Rose Awards in Blackpool, as 26 coveted trophies were handed out to the county’s best in business.

The winners were cheered on by an audience of more than 1,100 at the Winter Gardens’ Empress Ballroom for the third year running.

Four Ribble Valley businesses attended the awards as finalists, with one, Bowland Bioenergy, coming away as an outright winner in the Rural Diversification Award category.

Ralph Assheton, Director at Bowland Bioenergy, said: “The team are all absolutely delighted. We have always strived to do the best we can for the rural environment, our customers and staff. To be recognised for this at a county-wide ceremony is fantastic.”

After being nominated for their category, the team from the Downham-based company who manufacture 100% renewable heating alternatives, faced stiff competition when they attended Blackburn Rovers Football Club to make a presentation and be interviewed by a panel of six judges.

On the awards night itself, businesses from the length and breadth of the county vied for titles across a range of categories, with the best of the best being rewarded for their excellence.

Other Ribble Valley based finalists on the night were the Gibbon Bridge Hotel, Chipping, for the Tourism and Leisure Business Award category and Stanton Andrews, Clitheroe, in the Property Business Award category.

Event founder and producer, Richard Slater, who is also the publisher of Lancashire Business View said: “It has been another fantastic Red Rose Awards, now in our sixth year celebrating Lancashire Business.

“We created the event to acknowledge business excellence, provide the best possible platforms to share successes, and encourage trade in the county. It is fantastic to see that so many support that vision – This is the largest event of its kind in the county, which means lots of potential customers, collaborators and suppliers to make friends with, because if you can buy it in Lancashire, then you should!

“It was a remarkable evening – our 150 finalists alone generated more than £1bn of sales and almost £100m of profits in the past year.”

BBC Radio Lancashire and North West Tonight host Graham Liver compered the evening.