HAwards 2018 Winners

Beacon Award

Winner: Emerson & Renwick

Customer Friendly Business – sponsored by The Cardboard Box Company

Winner: Rhoden Manor Cattery

Large Business – sponsored by Haworths, Chartered Accountants

Winner: CMAC Group

Small Business – sponsored by North Lancs Training Group

Winner: Sundown Solutions Ltd

New Business – sponsored by CMAC Group

Winner: Best Destinations

Highly Commended: Amelia’s Boutique

Made in Hyndburn – sponsored by Sundown Solutions Ltd

Winner: Direct-ED Printing Services

Pride of Hyndburn – sponsored by Acorns of Lancashire

Winner: Accrington Lions Club

Highly Commended: Ossy Joggers

Apprenticeship – sponsored by Accrington & Rossendale College

Winner: Advocacy Focus

Highly Commended: Moonlight Beauty Salon

Not for Profit – sponsored by Enterprising People

Winner: Accrington Stanley Community Trust

Independent Retailer – sponsored by Northwest Logistics

Winner: Wyvern Pharmacy

Highly Commended: The Bridal Lounge of Accrington

Evonne Harwood Event of the Year – presented by Accrington Observer

Winner: J Drinkwater Tournament 2017

Tourism Business – sponsored by Oswaldtwistle Mills Business & Conference Centre

Winner: Haworth Art Gallery

MicroBusiness – sponsored by Business & Enterprise Trust

Winner: Pure Perfection (Accrington) Ltd

Sole Trader – sponsored by Liz Pollard Consultancy

Winner: Amelia’s Boutique

Creative Business – sponsored by Globe Enterprises

Winner: My Colourful Memories CIC

Food Business – sponsored by Woodcocks Haworth & Nuttall

Winner: Perfect Plaice

B2B Business – sponsored by lovelocalnetworking

Winner: CM Oxendale Ltd

Hyndburn Business Awards 2018: The Finalists

Bevlan and Whewells

Nominations for Hyndburn Business Awards 2018 close on April 19. To nominate visit www.hyndburnbusinessawards.co.uk. There have already been over 600 nominations this year, but there’s still plenty of time to nominate your favourite local business.

Two family firms shared the Small Business Award title at the second Hyndburn Business Awards in 2017.
Judges couldn’t split the entries from Whewells Limited based on Bridge Street, Accrington, and Bevlan Office Interiors, of Livesey Street, Rishton, so they were jointly awarded the trophy.

Whewells of Accrington was founded by Roland Whewell in 1958 and is run by his son and daughter-in-law Gordon and Marion and grandson Michael. Michael Whewell said: “My grandfather started in a key shop on Warner Street before founding Whewells initially selling hardboard and beading. The company expanded into timber and then opened a tool shop 22 years ago.”
The firm’s four directors, including Michael’s wife Kathryn, went along to the ceremony at Accrington Town Hall but they were not expecting to win. Michael, who is a member and former president of the Hyndburn Chamber of Trade, said: “There are such a lot of good businesses in Hyndburn. I think it is important for local businesses to be recognised for what they provide for the area: jobs, prosperity and promotion. We always do our best to help all our customers, whether it is working out what wood is needed to make a project, to selling a single nail or screw if that is all that is required. There is a saying that if you can’t find it in Whewells you can’t find it anywhere.”
The company is now planning celebrations for its 60th anniversary.

Bevlan was founded 32 years ago by father and daughter Alan and Bev Mercer. They began selling second-hand office furniture and for the last 25 years has been based in a traditional weaving shed York Mill, which offers space for a huge showroom and warehousing along with offices.
Bev said: “Our furniture goes all over the UK. We got an inquiry from Stornoway for 20 desks, and in our quote had to factor in the ferry crossing along with special lashings to fasten our van to the boat. We got the order, but only when we delivered the desks did we find out it was for the BBC.”
The company has been tasked to refit a major national company, but just as important is the customer who comes into the showroom to buy a second-hand chair. Bev said: “We will design the office space using CAD to create a 3D image and customers enjoy spending time in the showrooms so they can get a real feel for what they are buying. We have been told that our service is second to none and we get a lot of business through word of mouth and personal recommendation. I was proud that we had been nominated and was delighted when we won because it is good for all the members of staff; everyone works hard and it is nice to be recognised.”

Story by Catherine Smyth

Evonne Harwood Event of the Year 2018

It’s time to fulfil the promise we made at the 2017 Hyndburn Business Awards Ceremony. We promised we would create a new award to commemorate Evonne Harwood, which celebrates the many and varied public events that takes place every year in the borough.

We don’t believe that we can do this category justice by using our standard nomination and judging process. After all, its an event we wish to celebrate, not a business.

So, we’re going to create an event on our Facebook page in which you can participate by telling us about a wonderful local event you have attended, organised or participated in that took place sometime between April 1st 2017 and March 31st 2018. It can be any type of event, so long as it was open to the public. It could be a free event or one you paid to attend. It could be a one off, or something that happens regularly during the year or annually. It could be a fair, a carnival, a music or theatre event, a market, or where people got together to do something. It might have been in the open air or at a local venue. We don’t want to restrict you or suggest to you what you might nominate – all that matters is that you do nominate.

All we ask you to do is tell us about it on the events page we will create on the Hyndburn Business Awards Facebook page before the end of April 2018. We will then arrange a public vote during May to determine the winner. The organisers of the winning event will be invited to the Hyndburn Business Awards ceremony at Accrington Town Hall on June 19th and will be presented with a trophy and framed certificate by the Accrington Observer.

Click on this link to go to the event page.

Sundown Solutions

AN INNOVATIVE company whose digital product has revolutionised a national NHS problem has just scooped a top Red Rose Business Award. It was the success that Sundown Solution Limited, from Altham, had in last year’s Hyndburn Business Awards – when it won the coveted Made In Hyndburn Award – that gave founders husband and wife Heath and Kelly Groves the confidence to apply for other accolades. Managing Director Heath and Operations Director Kelly set the business up in 2009 and were delighted to win the Digital Agency Award at last Thursday’s Red Rose Awards.

In 2016 the company developed bedstatetracker.co.uk initially in response to an issue a client Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group had – that of bed blocking where patients were ready to be discharged, but accommodation was needed to move them on. Sundown Solutions developed a user friendly software package for free, but retained the intellectual property enabling it to then sell the system on to other providers.

Heath, who is one of only eight Microsoft Certified Masters in the UK, said: “We are now the NHS preferred system of choice for Staffordshire and Cornwall and we are also in advanced discussions with other NHS providers across the country. “We knew when we set this business up that we needed to build products and services that people wanted and needed and that benefit our customers. We know and understand 100 per cent of what we do and we are able to create packages that anyone can operate from a simple one click application.”

When the business won the Hyndburn award it employed seven people, that has increased to 12, the bedstatetracker.co.uk system linked to more than 800 homes, that is now more than 2,500 and the company’s turnover has more than doubled. Heath and Kelly first met at Fearns Community Sports College, Stacksteads, but went their separate ways when Heath joined the army. They met up again when Heath was on leave in 1998 and married a year later. Kelly, who had worked in the care industry, accompanied Heath on his posting to Germany and worked as a health care assistant on the base. After four years, they returned to the Accrington area and Kelly retrained as a nurse and went on to become a registered care manager at a nursing home.

Heath said: “When I left the army I wanted to pursue a career in IT; I had a genuine interest in computers from gaming from 1990-94 on a Commodore 64. I built up a portfolio of qualifications and went on to work for Microsoft as a team leader for people who develop and fix software problems before concentrating solely on Sundown Solutions. I will be returning to the military later in the summer as Special Reservist Officer offering my experience to help in the global fight against cyber warfare.”

The company was a finalist in two other categories at Red Rose, in two categories at the BIBAs and in the NHS supplier of the Year.

Sundown Solutions are sponsoring the Made in Hyndburn Award this year.

Story by Catherine Smyth Media

Hyndburn Business Awards 2018 Nominations

Nominations have now closed for Hyndburn Business Awards 2018. We received an amazing 639, the highest ever. 164 businesses were nominated, with 14 people, clubs and societies nominated for the Pride of Hyndburn Award. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time and trouble to make a nomination.

Business Nominations (entries in Italics have been nominated for Customer Friendly Business)

The Illusion Accrington
Accrington Stanley Community Trust Oswaldtwistle
Hydro at the Barn Clayton le Moors
UK Online Agents Oswaldtwistle
Halo Vertical Fitness Accrington
Rhoden Manor Cattery Oswaldtwistle
Signs Plus Clayton le Moors
Garlands Florist Oswaldtwistle
White Bull Oswaldtwistle
Black Dog Oswaldtwistle
Bridal Lounge Accrington
Hurns Bakery Oswaldtwistle
Glamhairous Great Harwood
Victoria Louise Hair Extensions Great Harwood
Yummies Sandwich Shop Oswaldtwistle
Just Imagine NW Accrington
Upbeat Fitness & Functions Church
Finch Bakery Great Harwood
Specialist Training & Consultancy Services Ltd Altham
Jimmy’s Garage Church
Priory Rentals Church
The Fitness Bank Oswaldtwistle
The Wellness Centre Accrington
Originals Oswaldtwistle
EnRapture Great Harwood
Bullough’s Sandwich Bar Accrington
John Berry Accrington
Clive’s Barbers Accrington
Ameila’s Boutique Accrington
Pure Vision Accrington
Lindsay Jane Hair & Beauty Baxenden
Apollo Insurance Accrington
No40 Hair & Beauty Accrington
Best Destinations Accrington
Sugar Rush Soaps Accrington
Accrington Pals Café Accrington
The Art Garden Accrington
Heartfelt and Cherished Photography Oswaldtwistle
Direct Ed Printing Services Accrington
ReAct Academy of Performing Arts Oswaldtwistle
Printworthy Accrington
All for One Cleaning Accrington
Home Run Accrington
Caked in it Accrington
J2A Accrington
Flower Power Florist Oswaldtwistle
Plus 2 Hairdressing Accrington
Willow Tree Spiritual Centre Accrington
Gorjess Beauty Accrington
Wyvern Pharmacy Accrington
Hyndburn Voluntary & Community Resource Centre Accrington
Joseph James Hair & Beauty Great Harwood
Sparth House Hotel Clayton le Moors
Great and Small Forest Education
My Colourful Memories Accrington
Baxenden Tyre Centre Baxenden
Lancashire Women’s Centres Accrington
Pure Perfection Accrington
The Beauty Emporium Accrington
Townfield & Coach House Great Harwood
Future Energy Solutions Accrington
The Heys Inn Oswaldtwistle
Sweet Reminiscing by Sharonrose Accrington
A Cake Occasion Accrington
Kraken Corals Clayton le Moors
Daly’s Caterers Accrington
Creative Branding Boutique Great Harwood
Education Business Partnership NW Oswaldtwistle
Cuppa Cabana Accrington
Mirage Hairdressing Accrington
Simple Accounting Accrington
Gotoworkwear Oswaldtwistle
Bagsy That Accrington
All Fruits Accrington
Jumpworks Accrington
Taste of Italy Oswaldtwistle
Bright Beginnings Childminding Accrington
Woodsage Outdoors Great Harwood
Little Tinkers Day Nursery Accrington
Progress to Excellence Beauty Academy Clayton le Moors
Springhill Nursing Home Accrington
The Sweetest Thing Cakery Oswaldtwistle
The Base Great Harwood
Reena Tandoori Oswaldtwistle
His and Hairs Accrington
Fitsy’s Accrington
Civic Arts Centre & Theatre Oswaldtwistle
JB Photography Accrington
The Balti House Rishton
Nica Creative

Your Bath Box Oswaldtwistle

Celebrate Gifts Accrington

PC Repair Store Accrington/Oswaldtwistle

Body One Great Harwood

Bevlan Office Interiors Rishton

G8 Accounting Rishton

Oswaldtwistle Funeral Services

Sign It Signmakers Accrington

Lantex Manufacturing Accrington

Unique Hand Wash & Car Valeting Accrington

Angela Kay’s Beauty Salon Accrington

Space2Make Accrington

Snooty Fox Vintage Accrington

Grants Bar, Brewery & Pizzaria Accrington

Hyndburn Homewise Accrington

8.3.1 Coffee Accrington

Keenan’s Estate Agents Accrington

Duckworth’s Estate Agents Accrington

Eafield & Maple Accrington

Beauticle Nails Accrington

Edmundson Electrics Oswaldtwistle

Savouries Sandwich Shop Accrington

Martin’s Bakery Oswaldtwistle

Sanderson’s Butchers Baxenden

Sundown Solutions Altham

Polished Perfection Accrington

Rachael & Carrie’s Childminding Accrington

Pawspa Accrington

Trio Beauty Rishton

Bargain Booze Accrington

Greg’s Cooked Meats Accrington

Emma Jones Hair Studio Oswaldtwistle

Perfect Plaice Oswaldtwistle

Toppers Day Nursery Rishton

Compliments Oswaldtwistle

Lord Photography Oswaldtwistle

Curves In Trend Accrington

Chloe’s Beauty Bar Oswaldtwistle

Early Start Nursery Oswaldtwistle

Peel Electrical & Security Altham

T.O.P.S. Oswaldtwistle

Victoria Flower Shop Accrington

Archway The Ballet Shop Accrington

Retro Food & Drink Accrington

M&M Polski Sklep Accrington

Michelle’s Munch Bunch Accrington

Target Tuition Clayton le Moors

Advocacy Focus Accrington

Business & Enterprise Trust Accrington

Pro Physique Fitness Great Harwood

CM Oxendale Ltd Great Harwood

Craft Boutique Accrington

J’N’R Plastering Services Clayton le Moors

Moonlight Rishton

Haworth Art Gallery Accrington

Acorn Community News Oswaldtwistle

Whewells Accrington

The Royal Great Harwood

System Hygiene Altham

Emerson & Renwick Church

CMAC Group Accrington

Rosslee Construction Accrington

Warrantywise Clayton le Moors

North Lancs Training Group Accrington

Fit to Fight Kickboxing Accrington

The Local Herald Great Harwood

Lash & Brow Art Great Harwood

Mystique Nails & Beauty Oswaldtwistle

The Crown Inn Accrington

Loft Boarding NW Ltd Clayton le Moors

Straits Trading Clayton le Moors

BMS Motors (Accrington) Ltd

 

Pride of Hyndburn Nominations

Friends of the Cats

Your Hyndburn

Richard Gibson

Graham Hartley

Hyndburn Project

Ossy Joggers

Globe Bullough JFC

Accrington Lions

Judith Addison

Oswaldtwistle Hawks JFC

FAME Friends at Moor End School

Murray Dawson

Scott Murray

Hyndburn GP Community Matrons

Hyndburn Youth Football Club

Clayton Chargers

Evonne Harwood Event of the Year

A SPECIAL trophy will be presented this year at Hyndburn Business Awards in memory of Evonne Harwood.
The Accrington Observer will be presenting the Evonne Harwood Event of the Year trophy as Evonne was the driving force behind Warner Street’s successful Dickensian evening along with other events that brought thousands of people into the town. She won the inaugural Enterprising Person Award in 2016 and had been nominated again, but tragically she died suddenly two months before the presentation ceremony. At Accrington Town Hall last June Rob Carder, from awards’ organisers Enterprising People, announced the new award in her honour.

Editor of the Accrington Observer Gareth Tidman said: “It is a great honour for the Observer to be able to present this award because Evonne was much loved in the town. “She worked tirelessly to promote Accrington and to bring new people into the town with imaginative ideas – including bringing a beach into the town centre -and it is right that she is being remembered in this way. Her sudden passing was a great shock to everyone who knew her both personally and in a business capacity.”

This year’s awards will be presented at a glittering evening at Accrington Town Hall on Tuesday June 19.
Businesses and individuals can be put forward for an award from March 13 to April 17, but nominations for the title Customer Friendly Business must be made by a third party. Finalists will be announced on May 15.

Oswaldtwistle Civic Arts Centre and Theatre

WITH a packed programme of activities and a weekly footfall of 1,500, ‘The Civic’ is blooming since it was heralded Hyndburn’s most enterprising business. At Hyndburn Business Awards last June, the Civic Arts Centre and Theatre in Oswaldtwistle, was selected as a finalist in five categories of the Hyndburn Business Awards and won the Tourism trophy. When it came to the Stonehouse Logic Award, the beacon that all businesses strive to attain, Creative Director Gayle Knight said: “We thought that we may be in with a chance because we’d been nominated in five categories, but we were in the company of so many other big businesses and industries. We were really thrilled when our name was announced; it was an amazing honour.”

In 2010 Hyndburn Arts Limited took over the running of the arts centre and studio theatre that can seat 100. In 2015, the independent charity then took over the upstairs 450-seater theatre. Hyndburn Council had previously owned both facilities. Since winning the top award, the centre has flourished. Gayle said: “It helped to raise our profile in the community. We have seen an increase in audiences coming to shows with many being sell-outs. We already have seven sell-out shows later this year and two of our pantomime performances are also fully booked. More people are going online to book seats for shows, which means we have a better idea of numbers early on and it also helps with our cash-flow. Only half of our work is in The Civic – we also do a lot of work in schools and in the community. We are also now being approached by other organisations that want to work with us – we have just had an enquiry from the Ribble Valley from someone who wants to take our shows over there.”

The Civic, run by a small core of five full-time, two part-time, 40 casual freelancers and volunteers, is one of the main organisers of the carnival that this year will be held in Oswaldtwistle. In March, Dusty and the Shades of the 60s will turn back the clock while in April The Dads Army Show is set to pull in the crowds. Gayle said: “We are always looking for new artists and shows to bring to the centre along with new activities. In March we will be organising Oswaldtwistle’s first Food and Artisan Festival at Jubilee Gardens.”

Hyndburn Business Awards is organised by Enterprising People and is in its third year. Last year more than 400 nominations were received and Accrington Town Hall was packed for the ceremony in June. Nominations for the award open in March.

Article written by Catherine Smyth

Black Horse Food Emporium

QUALITY local produce alongside the manager’s experience in coffee shops around the world proved a winning combination for Accrington’s Black Horse Food Emporium. At the inaugural Hyndburn Business Awards in 2016, the town centre coffee shop’s unique offering proved irresistible to the judges. Manager Natalie Paintin said: “I travelled round the world and I funded it by working in coffee shops, then latterly I worked as a fundraising manager for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. My in-laws own Ye Olde Sausage Shop in Oswaldtwistle Mills and were looking for a town centre presence when they spotted the Black Horse on Abbey Street. The former pub had been derelict for a few years, but they saw the potential and bought it so they own it and I manage it. “The coffee shop is a showcase for their products and also for food from all over Lancashire. Whatever customers eat in the coffee shop they can also buy to take home. The range includes everything from sausages, cheese and bread down to the butter and crisps with 90 per cent of our menu sourced from Lancashire producers.”

When a customer nominated the business last year Natalie hoped they would do well, especially when they were short-listed for four awards. She said: “You always think you may be in with a shout, but we were up against much larger businesses and I didn’t expect to win the Food Business trophy, but was delighted when we did.”

In 2014, the business was runner up in the local shop category of the national Delicatessen and Farm Shop Awards. Natalie said: “I think the local awards are brilliant and Hyndburn businesses do not get the recognition they deserve. When we won it really raised our profile and a lot of new customers came in. It also boosted the morale of the five members of staff who work here.”

Since last year cakes have really taken off at the business and now they are all home-made by Natalie and her team, much to the delight of customers. She said: “We realised there was a lull after 1.30pm so we introduced buy a cake and have a free drink and it proved really successful. We used to buy in four cakes a week, which were made locally, but now we make the majority of them ourselves and bake up to 14 each week.”

Article by Catherine Smyth Media

Garlands Florist

FLORIST Rachel McClure’s arrangements are made from the heart so it is no wonder Garlands caught the eye of the judges of Hyndburn Business Awards. Rachel and her husband Simon bought the business in 2003, but Garlands first opened in Oswaldtwistle in 1991. Rachel said: “I live locally and knew the lady who owned it, I often helped out there and I said if she was ever selling it, I wanted first refusal.”

Simon and Rachel met at Blackburn College in 1988 and trained to be residential social workers, but the recession ended that career choice so Simon continued to work as a professional pianist while Rachel got a job driving for a florist. She said: “My parents nearly bought a florists when I was 12 but it would have meant we would have had to sell our house so they decided against it. After driving for a florists shop in Blackburn, I then went to Myerscough College for three years on a part-time course and took my floristry exams. Our first shop was on Fishergate in Preston in 1993, then we opened a shop in the Accrington Arcade in 1995 before Garlands Florists became available.”

In 2016 customers nominated the business for the inaugural Hyndburn Business Awards, but Rachel never expected to win the Independent Retailer category because of the calibre of the other finalists. “When they announced we had won, I was so excited I was jumping up and down,” she said. “It was quite a shock for us.”

Lots of customers have commented on how well the shop did and Rachel said Garlands’ website has seen a big increase in visitors. She said: “Oswaldtwistle has changed since the shop first opened in the 1990s when there were big factories, people got paid weekly and they would call in on their way home for flowers. Now our a quarter of our businesses is through our website and we have customers from as far away as Australia, Dubai and Canada. The most unusual item we have been asked to make was for another local business Rosettes Direct who wanted artificial laurel wreath collars for horses in the Horse of the Year Show. To be a florist it helps to be arty, have an eye for design, know how to put different textures and colours together and be able to think outside of the box. As a florist you are serving customers at the highest and lowest points in their life from weddings to funerals. My arrangements are from my heart, full of feeling and empathy and people say it shows.”

The company received a loan from Dave Fishwick’s Burnley Savings and Loans, which helped to pay for a new shop front and a van. Her business featured on his Channel 4 programme Bank of Dave and they have become firm friends.

Article by Catherine Smyth Media