One of Lancashire’s most prominent manufacturers has backed the county’s “engine room” businesses to lead its economic resurgence.
Dennis Mendoros, managing director of aerospace firm Euravia, said recent data showed a strong performance from manufacturers which he added were crucial to the health of the county’s economy.
The latest Lancashire Economic Survey showed the sector outperformed the service sector at the end of last year driven by strong exports, despite the service sector enjoying its strongest performance in three years during 2013.
Mr Mendoros is sponsoring the Manufacturer of the Year category at this year’s Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, along with building firm Barnfield Construction and food business, Farmhouse Biscuits.
He said: “Manufacturing has always been important to Lancashire’s economy, we are a county which thrives on making things and that is the reason we are the engine room of the UK.
“There is still a lot of hard work to be done, but these positive signs can give us confidence for the future. I would urge all manufacturers to get their entries in for this year’s awards and show the rest of Britain exactly what makes this county so great.”
Norman Tenray, vice-president of awards organisers the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, said: “The BIBAs is the ultimate MOT for any business because its judging process is so rigorous, you do not get one of these awards for just filling in a form. To some that might seem quite daunting, but I would urge businesses to embrace the challenge and put every part of their business under the BIBAs spotlight.”
The awards have received more than 150 applications. To apply visit: www.thebibas.co.uk.