A star-studded awards evening outshone even the famous Blackpool Lights as top accolades were handed out to the cream of Lancashire businesses.
TV presenter Eamonn Holmes and former X Factor winner Matt Cardle were the surprise stars at the Blackpool Tower event.
More than 900 members of Lancashire’s business community packed into the ballroom for the North and Western Chamber of Commerce annual event, described as “the one they all want to win”.
A total of 18 awards were handed out to businesses judged to be the best in their field.
Fairbanks Environmental Ltd of Skelmersdale scooped the best overall business award.
Preston Bus walked off with the Leadership team of the year award and Dr Caroline Chesworth of the city’s Mad Science was voted Business woman of the year.
Clitheroe businessman John Lancaster was honoured with the Lancastrian of the year award.
Category winners were:
E-business of the year: Soap Media Ltd, Preston; Exporter of the year: Panaz Ltd, Burnley; Small business of the year: Healthpoint, Blackpool: New business of the year: BR Contracting Ltd, Blackburn; Creative business of the year: The Grand, Clitheroe; Entrepeneur of the year: Daniel Cuffe and Peter Taylor, Lytham; Excellence in customer service: UPL Ltd, Greenhalgh; Manufacturer of the year: Laila’s Fine Foods Ltd, Bispham; Employer of the year: F Parkinson Ltd, Blackpool; Service Business of the year: Springhill Care Group Ltd, Accrington; Green business of the year: Roaming Roosters, Higham; Business woman of the year: Dr Caroline Chesworth, Mad Science, Preston; Medium business of the year: Panaz Ltd, Burnley; Leadership team of the year: Preston Bus; Change for growth: Connect 2 Cleanrooms Ltd: Inspiring Award: Inspired Energy Ltd, Kirkham: Business of the year: Fairbank Environmental Ltd, Skelmersdale; Lancastrian of the year: John Lancaster.
*For full details and pictures from the awards night, see our business supplement in Tuesday’s Evening Post and the next edition of our bi-monthly magazine Lancashire Means Business.