The cream of Lancashire’s businesses enjoyed their night in the spotlight at a sell-out awards evening.
More than 1,000 business people and guests attended the Be Inspired Business Awards at Blackpool Tower last night, organised by the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce.
As well as picking up awards in 19 categories, the business community was treated to a rousing performance by surprise guest Pete Andre.
The awards were hosted by Kevin Roberts, the global chief executive of creative agency, Saatchi and Saatchi, who jetted in from New York City for the night, with former Radio One DJ Simon Bates as the ‘Voice of God’ for the ceremony.
Celebrity DJ Neil ‘Foxy’ Fox, best known as a judge on hit reality talent show, Pop Idol, provided the entertainment after the awards meal held in the Tower Ballroom.
Lancastrian of the Year: Eric Wright, Eric Wright Group (Bamber Bridge)
Business of the Year: Chemical Innovations (Bamber Bridge)
Most Inspiring Business of the Year: The Foxton Centre (Preston)
Business Woman of the Year: Janet Thornton, Inspired Energy (Kirkham)
Entrepreneur of the Year: Steve Pearson, Remvox (Bamber Bridge)
Employer of the Year: Magma Digital (Preston)
Exporter of the Year: Chelsom (Blackpool)
Manufacturer of the Year: Tangerine Holdings (Lytham)
E-Business of the Year: Connect 2 Cleanrooms (Lancaster)
Service Business of the Year: Preston Bus and Springhill Care Group (Preston and Accrington)
Small Business of the Year: Suresite Group (Preston)
New Business of the Year: The Networking People (Lancaster)
Creative Business of the Year: Chelsom (Blackpool)
Medium Business of the Year: Scorpion Automotive (Chorley)
Construction Business of the Year: Conlon Constuction (Bamber Bridge)
Micro-Business of the Year: The Little Big Voice (Preston)
Excellence in Customer Service: Springhill Care (Accrington)
Leisure Business of the Year: Blackpool Zoo (Blackpool)
Professional Business of the Year: Magma Digital (Preston)
**For a special report, see Tuesday’s Lancashire Evening Post