Medium sized firms ‘crucial’ to economy

GROWTH: Nick Jones

GROWTH: Nick Jones

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LANCASHIRE’S medium businesses can play a major role in boosting the county’s economy, according to one of its largest employers.

Nick Jones, Stakeholder Relations Manager at nuclear fuel firm Westinghouse, said the influence of the sector to power economic prosperity could not be underestimated.

He was part of the Medium Business of the Year judging panel for this year’s Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, which toured firms across Lancashire to select the award’s winner.

In less than one month, the winner of the awards’ 18 prizes will be unveiled at a special ceremony held at the Blackpool Tower.

Mr Jones said: “When we talk about the business community, we often refer to small businesses and major blue-chip firms, but there is a huge amount of people employed in medium-sized businesses.

“In Lancashire, I saw a huge number of fantastic medium-sized businesses which were innovating to drive growth and employment.

“I have every confidence this crucial sector of our economy will continue to deliver in the same way as our small and large businesses are doing so.”

Among the finalists for the Medium Business of the Year at this year’s BIBAs include Chorley’s Scorpion Automotive, Service Care Solutions of Preston and Blackburn-based Star Tissues.

The winner of the awards’ 18 prize categories will be unveiled in front of a sell-out crowd at a ceremony at Blackpool Tower on Friday, September 11.

Anyone wishing to join the waiting list for tickets for the BIBAs 2015 should contact the Chamber on 01772 653000.

A lifetime achievement award, Lancastrian of the Year, will also be handed out on the night.