Burnley celebrated the achievements of its businesses and their employees at the glittering Burnley Business Awards ceremony, held in the stunning setting of Towneley Hall, in June.
With over 600 guests in attendance, the evening was a buzz with celebration and excitement.
A champagne reception served guests on arrival and classical performers all the way from London’s Covent Garden played for guests on arrival in the great hall The evening was hosted by Simon Brierley, managing director of local radio station 2BR, with a variety of entertainment throughout the evening starting with a moving musical performance from Basics Junior Theatre School and culminating on the dancefloor with local singer Gavin Young. There was everything from magic to opera and everything inbetween before the serious business of naming the winners.
Burnley Council’s Chief Executive, Pam Smith, welcomed guests with her opening speech:
“It’s great to see so many businesses, dignitaries, and support agencies gathered here tonight to show their support for Burnley and its businesses. The ‘tent’ gets bigger every time as the demand for tickets increases! Which is wonderful – we’ll be hiring a circus big top next!
Since the last awards evening, Burnley has headlined in the ‘The Times’ no less, as an oasis of warmth - named the friendliest place in the UK – what an accolade – and so true.
We’ve also been named a leading business friendly town. Ranking a fantastic 11th place in the UK as a business friendly town.
We are a council that recognises the importance of our businesses and that the success of our businesses impacts on the prosperity of the town and we are becoming well known as a pro-active council when it comes to supporting our businesses.
Burnley has a reputation for getting things done and has a strong package to offer investors – a proactive and supportive business environment and a great transport infrastructure, which boasts a direct line to Manchester, making Burnley a fantastic commuter belt opportunity.
We are growing above regional trends and have been named a top 5 Boom Town in the North West by economy experts.
And I have to say it we have a somewhat fantastic football team!
We are bucking the national trends – we have ambition, strong business partnerships, and the results are there for all to see.
Our ambition was to be recognised for growth and a good place to do business; to change how people think and feel about Burnley and to do things differently and get noticed for all the right reasons – and we are achieving all these thing – but we mustn’t rest on our laurels we have to keep being creative, doing things differently and creating new experiences, and we need to continue to work together to take Burnley forward.
It’s not just on the business stage Burnley is performing well. Our home grown talent is shining across all spectrums. Our athletes are achieving on a world stage, with Sophie Hitchon returning from the Rio Olympics with Britain’s first ever medal in the hammer throw; we have a local hairdresser chosen to be part of the national L’oreal team as well as being the chosen hair stylist for the England football team; a young dress designer whose clothes have featured in Vogue and at London Fashion week, and a young Endsleigh employee who is the World Supermodel UK. And the young talent you’ve just seen from Basics Junior Theatre, many of whom end up in the west end in some of the world’s leading shows.
I’m passionate about creating a confident, skilled and aspiring up and coming generation and I think we are achieving just that. “
Here are the 2017 Burnley Business Award Winners:
Small Business of the Year (5-19 Employees) : Winner - Ian Mankin, Highly Commended - Seriun
Small Business of the Year (20-49 employees): Pickup Systems
Medium Business of the Year: Crow Wood Leisure
International Business of the Year Award: Panaz
Manufacturing Excellence Award: Coolkit Ltd
Innovation Award: CheckedSafe
Young Employee of the Year:Winner - James Wright; Highly Commended - Carrice Dickinson
John Kennedy Apprenticeship Award: Paradigm Precision
Digital Impact Award: FDM Digital Solutions
Employer of the Year: VEKA
Chief Executive’s Special Award: Primary Engineer
Longstanding Contribution to Burnley Award: Fagan and Whalley
Businessof the Year: Birchall Foodservice