Winners announced for this year’s Hive Awards
The brightest and best in the Blackburn with Darwen area were honoured at a glittering awards ceremony at King George’s Hall last night.
Hosted by GMB Star Ranvir Singh, it was the annual Blackburn with Darwen Business Awards, which saw some the region’s leading companies gather to find out who would pick up a coveted Hive award.
Ian Brown, chair of the Hive Businesss Network said: “It was an incredible night, with some fantastic organisations in the running for an award. Everyone who was both a finalist and a winner should be rightly proud of the what they’ve achieved for both their company but also the positive impact they’d had on the Blackburn with Darwen area.”
All organisations entering the awards had to go through a rigorous judging process, including written submissions which were scored by an independent panel, followed by group interviews for some of the award categories.
Entries were narrowed down to just a few finalists in each of the 20 categories.
Ian Brown, added: “We’ve had some great entries this year and some categories, in particular, were incredibly hard to judge. Our judges certainly had a tough job and the scoring has been really close.”
The winners in this year’s awards are as follows:
The Health, Wellbeing and Social Care Award
In Di Go Dedicated Care & Support CIC
The Retail Business Award
Tom Wood Artisan Butchers
The Environmental Business Award
The Bee Centre
The Creative and Digital Award
The Manufacturing Excellence Award
The Family Business Award
The Buzz Award
Blackburn Festival of Light
The Commitment to Blackburn and Darwen Award
Blackburn Rovers Community Trust
The Investing in Future Skills Award
The Growth Business Award
The New Business Award (less than 3 years old)
The Hive Business School Award
Blackburn Youth Zone
Highly commended: The Acme Facilities Group
The HIVE Entrepreneur of the Year
Lisa Edge – Lancashare
The HIVE Rising Star Award (under 30 years old)
Jonathan Finch – Sales Geek
HIVE Micro Business of the Year (10 or less full-time employees)
HIVE Small Business of the Year (11 – 25 full time employees)
HIVE Medium Business of the Year (26 – 50 full time employees)
HIVE Large Business of the Year (51+ full time employees)
There were also two special awards on the night:
The Arte Et Labore Award
This award recognises a long-term commitment by an individual to making Blackburn and Darwen a more prosperous borough and a better place to live, learn, work, visit and invest. The winner this year is Harry Catherall, in honour of his many years as chief executive of the Blackburn with Darwen Council, working for the good of the borough.
The Hive Chairman’s Award
This year the winner was Peter Street past owner of the Cardboard Box company, in acknowledgement of his unerring support towards good local causes such as the Youth Zone, The National Festival of Making and The East Lancashire Hospice.
Ian said: “The winners really showcase the best of Blackburn with Darwen and how organisations can prosper but also use that success to benefit the region, which is what both the awards and our ethos as the Hive Business Network is all about.”
He added: “I’d also like to give special thanks to our sponsors this year including Blackburn with Darwen Council, Blackburn College, Barnfield Construction, Star Tissue, Eric Wright Group and East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce. It’s the support of these sponsors which helps us really make these awards a success.”