HAwards20 Sponsors

Here is a list of the wonderful organisations that supported Hyndburn Business Awards 2020. Please take the time to explore what they do by following the links. If you can use their services, please do so.

Sundown Group
The Cardboard Box Company
Little Voices Hyndburn
Nelson & Colne College Group
Woodcocks Haworth and Nuttall
Globe Enterprises
Liz Pollard Consultancy
Acorns of Lancashire
Ellison Printing
Pure Perfection Beauty
East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce
Hyndburn Borough Council
Wyvern Pharmacy
Education Business Partnership (NW) Ltd
Unique Ladies Hyndburn
Shooters Media
Accrington Observer

HAwards 20 Winners

INSPIRATIONAL stories of adaptability, resilience and determination shone through in the entries submitted for the fifth Hyndburn Business Awards. When the first lockdown was announced on March 23, it was in the middle of the nomination period for this year’s awards so the time was extended. Although the final presentation ceremony had to be broadcast virtually, video footage of sponsors and organisers enabled a slick production to be broadcast via Facebook Live on November 17.

Click on the link to see the Facebook Live film: Facebook.

Rob Carder, from organisers Enterprising People, said: “Yes, we missed having a packed Accrington Town Hall for the presentation evening buzzing with business men and women who put Hyndburn on the map. However, on reading the entries organisers were extremely impressed by how businesses have coped with the totally unforeseen circumstances that COVID-19 brought. We read how they worked together, never gave up and how they have come back stronger, learning from what happened. Now, just as we were scheduled to hold the delayed presentation, many of those businesses are back in lockdown and the presentation had to go online.”

“Normally the Beacon Award goes to the most inspirational business, but judges agreed that each and every entry and sponsor in this year’s awards deserves to win the highest award for the impressive way they have dealt with this year’s challenges.”

Although permitted to stay open, Accrington dry cleaning company Acorns of Lancashire, winner of the MicroBusiness category, closed for six weeks to carry out a comprehensive risk assessment and produce a series of relaunch videos. The films were posted to the company’s social media to ensure customers understood the changes and felt confident to return.

Rishton’s Bevlan Office Interiors was able to help many local businesses stay operating by providing affordable protective screens, hygiene stations and office equipment for home workers.

During lockdown Customer Friendly Business winner Bright Beginnings childminders from Accrington, provided craft bags, pictures to colour and worksheets to those children they would normally have cared for; they also used the time to transform an allotment for the children.

Staff at Not for Profit Award winners Carers Link Lancashire, based in Accrington, postponed annual leave and worked extra hours so they could make more than 70 welfare calls every day to potentially vulnerable at-risk groups.

Charity Community Solutions North West won the Large Business and Workforce Development awards and Deborah Clark won the Enterprising Woman title. Having taken part in a pilot project a year ago to develop digital services for health innovation, the company was a step ahead when switching normal face-to-face interaction to online.

Investing in IT early, before the lockdown was announced, ensured Small Business winner Cover My Bubble, an insurance company from Oswaldtwistle, was fully prepared. To keep morale high, weekly team catch-ups were held and surprise gifts sent.

NORI HR and Employment Law Ltd took the confusion out of the ever-changing Government announcements on job retention schemes and opened free advice lines. The company won the New Business title.

Sole Trader winner Accrington’s Sweet Reminiscing by Sharonrose expanded to provide a door delivery service while Independent Retailer winner Great Harwood’s The Lancashire Dog Company extended opening to seven-days-a-week and introduced personal 30-minute evening appointments.

Rob added: “These are just a few of the many accounts of inspiring businesses that showed a determination to succeed in spite of the turbulence and uncertainty that was and still is around; they all deserve our support to ensure continues success.”


Large Business sponsored by Education Business Partnership (NW) Ltd

Community Solutions North West Limited

Small Business sponsored by Little Voices

Cover My Bubble Ltd

Microbusiness sponsored by Wyvern Pharmacy

Acorns of Lancashire

Enterprising Man sponsored by Sundown Group

Andrew Grierson (Wyvern Pharmacy)

New Business sponsored by Woodcocks Haworth and Nuttall

NORI HR and Employment Law Ltd

Customer Friendly Business sponsored by The Cardboard Box Company

Bright Beginnings

Creative Business sponsored by Globe Enterprises

Little Liv’s Bakery

Enterprising Woman sponsored by Sundown Group

Deborah Clark (Community Solutions North West Limited)

Health and Beauty Business sponsored by Pure Perfection

The Wellness Centre

Independent Retailer sponsored by Cover My Bubble Ltd

The Lancashire Dog Company

Made In Hyndburn sponsored by Sundown Group

Hoyle Bottom Spirits Ltd

B2B Business sponsored by lovelocalnetworking

Barcode Logistics Ltd

Not for profit Award sponsored by Unique Ladies Network

Carers Link Lancashire

Workforce Development sponsored by Nelson and Colne College Group

Community Solutions North West Limited

Pride of Hyndburn sponsored by Acorns of Accrington

Church and Oswaldtwistle Branch of The Royal British Legion

Sole Trader sponsored by Liz Pollard Consulting

Sweet Reminiscing by Sharonrose

Story by Catherine Smyth Media

HAwards20 Finalists

Large Business Sponsor: Specialist Training & Consultancy
Carers Link Lancashire
Community Solutions North West Limited
The Stanhill Pub & Kitchen
Small Business Sponsor: Little Voices
Cover My Bubble Ltd.
Education Business Partnership (NW) Ltd
Wyvern Pharmacy
Acorns of Lancashire
Hoyle Bottom Spirits Ltd
Bright Beginnings
Enterprising Man Sponsor: Sundown Solutions
Andrew Grierson (Wyvern Pharmacy)
Cameron Mason (Barcode Logistics)
Sam Newsham (Just Imagine UK)
New Business Sponsor: WHN Solicitors
Dance Nation School Of Dance
Molly Elizabeth Studio
NORI HR and Employment Law Ltd
Customer Friendly Business Sponsor: The Cardboard Box Company
Bright Beginnings
The Lancashire Dog Company
Cover My Bubble Ltd.
Creative Business Sponsor: Globe Enterprises
Hoyle Bottom Spirits Ltd
The Wellness Centre
Little Liv’s Bakery
Enterprising Woman Sponsor: Sundown Solutions
Deborah Clark (Community Solutions NW)
Laura Bolton (Simple Accounting NW)
Emma Astley (CoverMyBubble)
Health & Beauty Business Sponsor: Pure Perfection
Molly Elizabeth Studio
Tessa Clemson Yoga
The Wellness Centre
Independent Retailer Sponsor: NW Logistics
Acorns of Lancashire
The Lancashire Dog Company
Wyvern Pharmacy
Made In Hyndburn Sponsor: Sundown Solutions
Hoyle Bottom Spirits Ltd
Little Liv’s Bakery
Wyvern Pharmacy
B2B Business Sponsor: lovelocalnetworking
Barcode Logistics Ltd
Bevlan Office Interiors LTD
Simple Accounting NW Ltd
Not for Profit Award Sponsor: The Balti House
Carers Link Lancashire
Community Solutions North West Limited
Workforce Development Sponsor: Nelson & Colne College Group
Community Solutions North West Limited
Education Business Partnership (NW) Ltd
Wyvern Pharmacy
Pride of Hyndburn Sponsor: Acorns of Lancashire
Church & Oswaldtwistle Branch Royal British Legion
Clayton Park Rangers
Sole Trader Sponsor: Liz Pollard Consulting
Tessa Clemson Yoga
The Lancashire Dog Company
Sweet Reminiscing by Sharonrose

Evonne Harwood Event of the Year

Its time to nominate for the Evonne Harwood Event of the Year. Remember all those wonderful events that take place in Hyndburn every year? Back when we weren’t socially isolated? Anyway, please nominate your favourite from the last year (it will have been open to the general public, and taken place between April 1st 2019 and March 31st 2020) in a comment to this post. You can nominate your favourite event until the end of May, and the winner will decided by a public vote (on our Facebook page) during June and July.

The Bridal Lounge of Accrington

EVERY bride is on a journey and one of the most important parts of that road is finding the perfect gown. At The Bridal Lounge of Accrington in Blackburn Road, owner Lee Douglas ensures every bride-to-be knows she is extra special and her business acumen and success led her to win two trophies at Hyndburn Business Awards. A past winner of Sole Trader in 2017, and highly commended in 2018, she won that trophy again last year and added the much sought-after Independent Retailer title.

Lee said: “When I was on the stage and won the first trophy I was delighted, then I was a finalist in a second category and I was waiting to applaud the winner and was shocked to hear my business read out again.”

Originally from Dublin, Lee adopted Accrington nine years ago when she moved to live with her partner. The Bridal Lounge will have been trading for nine years in June and now the ‘big shop on the corner’ is visited by brides from Liverpool, Manchester, Bolton and all over Lancashire because of the exclusive sought-after designer gowns.

Lee, who has retained her charming Irish accent, said: “I had a bride come to my boutique for her gown that came originally from Accrington, but was living and working in Dubai with her fiancé. She was getting married in the Ribble Valley, but having previously lived in Hyndburn she knew of The Bridal Lounge. I have always worked in retail and I was offered the chance to work in a bridal boutique – Caroline Castigliano – in 2003 and that is when I got the bug. I found myself working with brides and their families, I became part of the experience, I was able to help them search for their dream gown.”

The experience begins from the moment the bridal party enter the boutique for a private appointment and they are greeted by a personally addressed welcome message and refreshments. Lee gets to know the bride and her wedding plans while the bride and her loved ones browse the bridal collection.

She added: “I have been invited to the wedding reception by some of my brides and it is great compliment, but it is their day and I am just happy for them to wear their beautiful designer wedding gown on the biggest day of their lives.”

Story by Catherine Smyth Media

Hyndburn 2020 Update: Ceremony Postponed To November

Ceremony (now November 17th)

It is still unclear when our increased local lockdown will ease, or indeed when events providers like Accrington Town Hall will be able to open and operate at anything like full capacity.

On reflection, and after further discussion with the organising team, we will either have a physical or virtual ceremony on Tuesday November 17th. We have our fingers crossed that we can still a proper celebration where we can all get together, but we need to be pragmatic. Hyndburn Business Awards 2020 needs to complete in 2020, and if we have to go virtual to do that, that’s what we have to do..

Stay safe, please!

Rob Carder Coordinator Hyndburn Business Awards

Baxenden Clinic

A BUSINESS that helps people feel better about themselves, that’s what judges were looking for when deciding the winner of the first Health and Beauty trophy. At Hyndburn Business Awards, they found the answer in one-stop health hub Baxenden Clinic. The Manchester Road business offers clients help with everything from mental health problems and backache, to sport injuries and an in-growing toenail.

In 2008 Person First Solutions was founded by psychiatric nurse Patrick Doyle, initially as a part-time business. He had been working in a medium secure hospital but said: “I got a sense that the people I was working for were not as passionate about the clients as I was. I had a vision and that is where my business came from. “I began working with larger organisations like Comic Relief and the Mental Health Foundation and the business grew until, in 2012, I went full time.”

In 2014 he bought Baxenden Physio and Sports Injury Clinic and dovetailed the two businesses together in a converted end terrace house and started expanding into training. Now more than half of the company’s turnover comes from physiotherapy and the clinic receives client referrals from insurance companies to assist people who have been injured in accidents. In last year’s award submission, Patrick predicted a 10 per cent increase in turnover but said: “We actually increased by 20 per cent and by the end of this tax year we will have increased that by another big margin again.”

One of the expanding sides of the business is podiatry and although staff remain at eight, they are now all full-time employees, some were previously self-employed, and a further physiotherapist starts work in July. Clients travel from all over Lancashire and Bury to attend sessions and Patrick’s specialised psychiatric skills are in demand world wide; he Skypes a client in America, another in Spain and one in Germany.

He said: “I think our success is because everything we do is thought through and it is all about the client, what they need and how we can help them to help themselves. As a business, our staff are constantly training and developing new skills to be able to help our clients; I was fortunate to have really good mentors who saw my potential and helped me to shine.”

Health and Beauty was a new category in the 2019 Hyndburn Business Awards and its introduction was inspired by sponsor Carla Chatburn of Pure Perfection.

Story by Catherine Smyth Media

Champ Funeral Services/Lianna Champ

AT THE age of nine, Lianna Champ already knew she wanted to be an undertaker, despite it being ‘not a job for a young girl’. At 15, her mum organised for her to spend the morning at a funeral home at Scales in Blackburn thinking, wrongly, that it would lead to a change of career plan. That led to Lianna’s first encounter with death and loss. She saw her first dead body and assisted in its preparation. When her mother collected the enthusiastic teen, rather than being dissuaded she asked to go back the week after.

At the time Lianna, now 55, lived in Blackburn and attended a boarding school in Windermere. The school dismissed her career plans and instead lined her up with an interview for a retail job in Chelsea Girl. Determined Lianna refused the interview and instead knocked on every funeral director’s door locally until eventually Wolstenholme’s, in Accrington, agreed to let her work six days a week for £30.

She said: “When a cleaning job came up at the home, I took that on, and I also worked in a night club four-nights-a-week.” At 18 she became the youngest fully qualified female funeral director and also a qualified embalmer, then promptly found herself made redundant. Lianna said: “I never at any point considered my gender to be a barrier, although I faced discrimination I never took it personally because I felt it said more about them than me.”

When her latest round of door knocking failed to yield a job offer, she spotted a former bank building on Blackburn Road, Clayton-le-Moors, and was fortunate to have the backing of her parents as guarantors – Champ Funeral Services was born. Age 21, Lianna had her own business, but the reaction of other professionals meant she had to collect coffins in secret and pay cash up front. Undeterred, she worked all hours, built up the business and by age 27 had a £175,000 overdraft, but all the hard work was worth it

At Hyndburn Business Awards 2019, Lianna won the title of Enterprising Woman and the business, now in its 34th year, with eight employees and definitely in the black, won the Made In Hyndburn trophy. She said: “My mother was my biggest support and she increased my capacity to perform and she would say ‘the more you do, the more you can’. I always remember being young and wanting to help people to stop feeling sad. To give people the tools to rebuild their life following their loss is one of the greatest things we can do.”

Following the death of a close friend and an encounter with former Dragons’ Den millionaire Richard Farley, she put her knowledge of grief, counselling and recovery into a book – ‘How to Grieve Like a Champ’. The grief reference book was snapped up by Red Door Publishing and has been sold world wide and received excellent reviews.

Lianna said: “I never expected to win one award let alone two. Now I have written a number of articles for different publications both national papers and magazines and online. There is no right and wrong way to grieve, there is no normal and nothing is foolish. You should never worry about how you will be perceived or what you think people expect of you.”

To nominate a business for the 2020 Hyndburn Business Awards visit http://www.hyndburnbusinessawards.co.uk/

Story by Catherine Smyth Media

2020 Hyndburn Business Awards Nominations

When nominations closed on June 30th, we had received 526 nominations for 157 different businesses, people and associations. The list so far is below. We’ll update this list as often as we can.

Bea = Beacon; CFB = Customer Friendly Business; EW = Enterprising Woman

EM = Enterprising Man; PoH = Pride of Hyndburn

8.3.1 CoffeeAccringtonCFB
A Cake OccasionAccringtonCFB
Accrington AerialsAccringtonCFB
Accrington Pipe BandAccringtonPoH
Accrington Stanley Girls and LadiesAccringtonPoH
Acorns of LancashireAccringtonBea
Advocacy FocusAccringtonBea
All for One & One for AllAccringtonCFM
Amelia’s Boutique (Amelia King)AccringtonCFB/EW
Andy Richards (Cats Protection East Lancs)PoH
Angelique Nails and Beauty AccringtonCFB
Antha Event HireOswaldtwistleCFB
Barbara KaysAccringtonCFB
Barcode Logistics (Cameron Mason)OswaldtwistleBea/EM
Bath BoxOswaldtwistleCFB
Baxenden ClinicBaxendenCFB
Bay Horse Hotel (Graham Hunter)BaxendenCFB/EM
Beauty By Gracie Demaine CFB
Ben Lloyd Fitness (Ben Lloyd)AccringtonEM
Best DestinationsAccringtonCFB
Bevlan Office InteriorsRishtonCFB
Black Dog (Emma Kearney)OswaldtwistleBea/EW
Boardwalk CaféAccringtonCFB
Boomerang Travel Ltd (Pilkington Bus)AccringtonBea
Botany FloristsBaxendenCFB
Bramwell’s Fresh FishAccringtonBea
Bridge Centre NWLAccringtonBea
Bright Beginnings (Laura Bradshaw)AccringtonCFB/EW
Brodie BeautyAccringtonBea
Cafe Ri-An (Andrea and Sean)AccringtonCFB/EW/EM
Carers Link LancashireAccringtonBea
Cat Friends of Hyndburn (Sue)AccringtonPoH
Chateauvegan (Susan Beaumont)AccringtonCFB
Church & Oswaldtwistle Royal British Legion Branch OswaldtwistlePoH
Clayton le Moors Post OfficeClayton le MoorsCFB
Clayton Park RangersClayton le MoorsPoH
CM DesignsOswaldtwistleCFB
CMAC GroupAccringtonBea
Colin Whitcombe & Sons (Tim Whitcombe)AccringtonCFB/EM
Community Solutions NW (Deborah Clark)AccringtonBea/EW
CoverMyBubble (Emma Astley)OswaldtwistleCFB/EW
Craft BoutiqueAccringtonCFB
Crazy PanchosClayton le MoorsCFB
Dance Nation School of DanceAccringtonBea
Dinky DinerAccringtonCFB
Direct-ED Printing ServicesAccringtonBea
Early Bairds Childrens NurseryGreat HarwoodCFB
Early Start Nursery & Fun Start After School Club OswaldtwistleCFB
Enhanced Beauty (Hayley Johnson)OswaldtwistleCFB/EW
En-Rapture BeautyGreat HarwoodCFB
Escape at Shelley’sAccringtonCFB
Faye Westwell (Little Cheeky Monkeys)Great HarwoodEW
Flower Power at the PaddockOswaldtwistleCFB
FM Group (Justina Hamilton)OswaldtwistleBea/EW
Frankie’s CaféAccringtonCFB
Furstyle Dog GroomersGreat HarwoodCFB
Garlands FloristsOswaldtwistleCFB
Giant Peach Tattoo StudioAccringtonCFB
Glamhairous by ShabzGreat HarwoodBea
Glencoe Kennels & CatteryOswaldtwistleCFB
Globe FCAccringtonPoH
Grant’s BarAccringtonBea
Halo Vertical Fitness (Claire Murphy)AccringtonCFB/EW
Hearts PiesAccringtonBea
House of Fusion Dance & Community ArtsAccringtonBea
Hoyle Bottom SpiritsOswaldtwistleCFB
Hustle Bar (Phil and Darren)AccringtonCFB/EM
Jason’s Wheels Community TrustAccringtonBea
JLL Insurance ServicesOswaldtwistleCFB
Joanne Hunter (Bay Horse)BaxendenEW
Joseph James LtdGreat HarwoodCFB
Just Imagine UK (Danielle Smith)AccringtonCFB/EW
KTZ DanceRishtonCFB
Little Cheeky Monkeys (Paul Wells)Great HarwoodBea/EM
Little Livs BakeryAccringtonCFB
Little MunchkinsOswaldtwistleBea
Little Sparks Nursery (Kirsty Ashby)Clayton le MoorsBea/EW
Little Tinkers Day Nursery (Kelly Harrison)AccringtonBea/EW
Little Voices (Rachel Barber)AlthamBea/EW
Manor House ChildcareOswaldtwistleCFB
Martin’s BakeryOswaldtwistleCFB
Maundy ReliefAccringtonBea
May EdmundsonOswaldtwistlePoH
Meet n MatchOswaldtwistlePoH
Molly Elizabeth Studios (Mollie Johnson)AccringtonCFB/EW
Nail’d it by lauren AccringtonCFB
NORI HR and Employment LawAccringtonCFB
Nurture Childcare ServicesGreat HarwoodBea
Opal LilyAccringtonCFB
Originals Hair SalonOswaldtwistleCFB
Oswaldtwistle Juniors FCOswaldtwistlePoH
Priory Rentals (Emma)OswaldtwistleBea/EW
Pure Enhance Beauty LoungeClayton le MoorsCFB
Pure Perfection (Accrington) (Carla Chatburn)AccringtonBea/EW
Red Buddha Bar & Restaurant (Jasmine & Oliver)AccringtonCFB/EW/EM
Rosslee ConstructionAccringtonBea
Sam Newsham (JIUK)AccringtonEM
Simple Accounting (Laura Bolton)AccringtonCFB/EW
Snooty Fox VintageBaxendenCFB
Sundown SolutionsAlthamBea
Sweet Reminiscing (Sharonrose Allison-Howard)AccringtonCFB/EW
Tessa Clemson Yoga (Tessa Clemson)Great HarwoodBea/EW
The A Team Dance & Fitness (Abbie Lindsay)BaxendenCFB/EW
The Bridal LoungeAccringtonCFB
The Energy GuysAccringtonCFB
The Hyndburn HelpersPoH
The Illusion Make-Up AcademyAccringtonBea
The JuniperGreat HarwoodCFB
The Kebab HouseAccringtonCFB
The Lancashire Dog CompanyGreat HarwoodCFB
The Magical Kingdom Nursery & Pre-SchoolAccringtonBea
The Pudding BoxAccringtonCFB
The Stanhill Pub and KitchenOswaldtwistleCFB
The Wellness CentreAccringtonCFB
Triscan GroupClayton le MoorsBea/EW
White BullOswaldtwistleCFB
Wyvern Pharmacy (Andrew Grierson)AccringtonCFB/EM
YB TherapyAccringtonCFB

Rosslee Construction

A CONSTRUCTION company that scooped major business awards is set for a booming 2020. At the fourth Hyndburn Business Awards, judges were hugely impressed by the achievements of Rosslee Construction, and the way it has been transformed since Gary and Christine Clarkson bought the business in 2002.

Last June, the company won both the Large Business and Apprenticeship trophies at the local awards and then at the HIVE Business Awards in Blackburn they added a second Large Business Award. Business Development Manager Jess McClurg said: “A lot of the staff are from the Accrington area while many are from Blackburn and for them to have their hard work acknowledged and recognised locally is amazing.”

The company has been based in Accrington since the 1970s, but it was Gary and Christine’s vision and a dedicated workforce that led the turnover to increase from £250,000 to £15m last year. New staff have been appointed and more apprentices taken on as larger projects have been awarded.

Currently the business is delivering developments at Finsley Gate Wharf in Burnley, The Mount Pavilion in Fleetwood and St Edmund’s School in Manchester to name a few. Closer to home, the company refurbished Accrington and Rossendale College and is carrying out face-lifting of properties in the Wood Nook area.

Jess said: “At one stage we were undertaking a lot of smaller contracts and those got the business though the recession and the downturn in the industry, but now the contracts we are securing are much larger – £2m-£3m. We do not like to use a lot of subcontracted labour so that we can ensure the workmanship is carried out to Rosslee standards. Gary prefers to employ people who are trained up to our high quality standards.”

A further four apprentices have been taken on in joinery, ground working and bricklaying. The company is currently seeking a new home for its joinery department based at Black Abbey Street. The vacant space would then be refurbished to create larger office space for the expanding admin and business departments. Rosslee remains a family business with one son Michael now a director while the Richard also works for the firm as a skilled joiner.

Nominations for this year’s fifth Hyndburn Business Awards will open in March and the presentation will be on June 16. For more information about the awards, which are organised by Enterprising People, contact Rob Carder by emailing rob@enterprisingpeople.co.uk

Story by Catherine Smyth Media