2017 Finalists

ORGANISERS of the Hyndburn Business Awards will be seeking to recognise the dedication of businesswoman Evonne Harwood following her sudden death. The owner of the Pink Magpie Vintage Emporium won the Enterprising Person Award at last year’s inaugural business awards for her dedication to improving Warner Street with events and attractions. She died in April.

As the finalists have been announced this week organiser Rob Carder, from Enterprising People, said: “I’d like to pay tribute to Evonne Harwood, last year’s Enterprising Person Award winner, whose sudden and sad death has devastated all that knew her. She had entered the Pride of Hyndburn Award this year, but we couldn’t bring ourselves to open her entry form. The judging panel agreed that rather than consider her entry as part of the Pride of Hyndburn category, we should look to commemorate her life and achievements at this year’s ceremony and explore what we could do to honour her in future Hyndburn Business Awards. Evonne’s contribution to the town, and to enhancing Accrington’s potential and Warner Street in particular, will never be forgotten.”

The number of nominations doubled this year and almost twice as many deserving businesses, individuals and organisations were put forward for an award. The presentation night will be at Accrington Town Hall on Tuesday June 13 when a team from Accrington and Rossendale College will be preparing and serving a delicious two course meal. In total 16 awards will be presented on the night and judges will now meet up to determine the winner of each trophy.

Rob added: “Hyndburn has some incredible businesses and this year has been an even bigger success than last year when the town hall ballroom was packed. I would like to say thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate their favourite business and people and organisations for a Hyndburn Business Award.”

The finalists for the Stonehouse Logic Award – the beacon award presented to the most inspirational business – will be announced on the evening.

Large Business sponsored by Haworths Chartered Accountants

Advocacy Focus

CMAC Group

Emerson and Renwick

Small Business sponsored by Simon Jersey

Bevlan Office Interiors

Whewells of Accrington

Loft Boarding NW Ltd

Admagnetics

MicroBusiness sponsored by lovelocalnetworking

Acorns of Lancashire

Body One Ltd

Halo

Moonlight Beauty Salon

Sole Trader sponsored by Boundless Networks

Paul Swift Photography

Royal Nail and First Class Beauty

The Bridal Lounge of Accrington Ltd

Customer Friendly Business sponsored by The Cardboard Box Company

Lindsay Jane Hair and Beauty

The Balti House Rishton

The Beach Hut Play and Party Centre

Made In Hyndburn sponsored by Enterprising People

Admagnetics

Emerson and Renwick

Sundown Solutions Ltd

Ye Olde Sausage Shop

New Business sponsored by Moose Media Management

Jumpworks Trampoline Park

Little Sparks Nursery

White Bull Oswaldtwistle

Tourism Business sponsored by Oswaldtwistle Mills Business and Conference Centre

Haworth Art Gallery

Civic Arts Centre and Theatre

Whitakers Arms

Independent Retailer sponsored by North West Logistics

Garlands Florists Ltd

Porters Wallpapers and Paints

Whewells of Accrington

Goto Workwear

Food Business sponsored by Woodcocks Haworth and Nuttall

Black Horse Food Emporium

The Balti House Rishton

Th’owd Stables

Creative Business sponsored by Globe Enterprises

Civic Arts Centre and Theatre

Garlands Florists Ltd

Jumpworks Trampoline Park

The Art Garden

Employer of the Year sponsored by Metis HR

Civic Arts Centre and Theatre

CMAC Group

Lancashire Women’s Centres

Pure Perfection Beauty

Community Business sponsored by Community Futures

Accrington Stanley Community Trust

Civic Arts Centre and Theatre

Lancashire Women’s Centres

Apprenticeship sponsored by Accrington and Rossendale College

CMAC Group

Sundown Solutions Ltd

System Hygiene Limited

Pride of Hyndburn sponsored by Acorns of Lancashire

Gayle Knight

Mickii Edwards

Ossy Joggers

The Hyndburn Helpers

 

Article by Catherine Smyth Media

Admagnetics

BEING crowned Made In Hyndburn winner was an unexpected honour for family firm Admagnetics. The company, which was founded in Burnley, has been on Huncoat Industrial Estate for 26 years. It was up against serious competition in the Hyndburn Business Awards category with finalists including Simon Jersey.

Admagnetics was founded by Alan Moorhouse, who died 11 years ago. The business is still run by his wife Sallie, managing director, and their daughter Angela Sharples, a director. It manufactures bespoke transformers and standby power equipment and sells all over the UK with 35 per cent of orders exported to Europe and Russia.

Angela said: “We were nominated for the awards and at the time I didn’t know much about them because I don’t follow social media, but the staff did. When I filled the form in I was advised to enter the Made In Hyndburn category.”

The presentation was held at Accrington Town Hall and when the company was named as a finalist Angela offered staff the chance to join them and they soon made up a table of 10, this included sales manager Steve Garner, who travelled from Crawley for the occasion.

She said: “We didn’t realise the finalists would be invited onto the stage, so that was a surprise to begin with. While there we looked at the other finalists and wondered which of them would win it, then they said our name. We were both surprised and delighted. We are a family business and we have an excellent relationship with our staff, a lot of whom have been with the business for many years.”

At the time of the awards, the company was in the process of putting together a new website and so they got the chance to promote their success far and wide.

Angela said: “We are one of the few remaining manufacturers of transformers left in the North West. We have been nominated again this year and we will be applying.”

Article by Catherine Smyth Media

Photograph by Liz Henson Photography

CMAC Partnership

Business has certainly boomed for the winners of the star trophy at last year’s Hyndburn Business Awards.

CMAC Partnership Limited has relocated to a large fourth floor suite of offices in the Globe Centre, Accrington, employed a further 33 employees taking the workforce to 81, increased revenue to almost £22million and secured a new contract starting this month worth around £3.5million.

Last June the first Hyndburn Business Awards was organised by Enterprising People and the presentation night was a huge success with more than 250 people packing Accrington Town Hall’s ballroom. CMAC scooped the Stonehouse Logic Award, for being the most inspirational business, and was awarded a bespoke trophy, designed by Tamannah Begum from Hollins Technical College. It is now on display in the new office alongside the Red Rose Award for Growing Business and a national Specialist Company Award in the Business Continuity Awards in London. All three were won within three weeks.

CMAC is run by friends Steve Turner, managing director, and Peter Slater, operations and commercial director, who met after a few days at St Christopher’s CE High School, Accrington, in 1989. They went on to work together at travel company Fraser Eagle. “We are the people you don’t want to have to employ,” said Peter, as he explained the company was contracted by major travel businesses to arrange accommodation and transport for delayed and diverted planes and train services that are unexpectedly cancelled. We also arrange holidays for people and provide chauffeur cars, so there is also a nice side.

“We are both local and our workforce is entirely local with three of the five managers having worked their way up through the business. To win the top award at the first ever business awards helped us to raise our profile and promote who we are to the local community.”

The business has just celebrated its tenth anniversary; when it founded there were just three employees.

Story by Catherine Smyth Media

Photograph by Liz Henson Photography

Business Nominations 2017

Nominations for Hyndburn Business Awards 2017. Here is the final list of nominated businesses. All have been nominated for the Stonehouse Logic Award, and those marked as bold have been nominated for the Customer Friendly Business Award by one or more of their customers:

Just Imagine NW (Accrington)

The Bridal Lounge (Accrington)

Ellison Printing (Rishton)

Whewell’s Timber (Accrington)

Barbara Kays (Accrington)

Porters of Accrington

Marsden Leather Shop (Accrington)

Black Horse Food Emporium (Accrington)

White Bull (Oswaldtwistle)

Garlands Florist (Oswaldtwistle)

J2A (Accrington)

Abbey Street Shopping Centre (Accrington)

The Beach Hut (Great Harwood)

Eye/Brow Envy (Clayton le Moors)

Moonlight Beauty Salon (Rishton)

LS Music Studios (Accrington)

O’Neil’s Plastering and Property Maintenance (Accrington)

His n Hairs Hair Salon (Accrington)

Barton & Hallworth Funeral Directors (Oswaldtwistle)

Accrington Late Night Pharmacy

Acorns of Lancashire (Accrington)

Attock Communications (Accrington)

Cuppa Cabana (Accrington)

Early Bairds Children’s Nursery (Great Harwood)

Mickii Edwards Weight Loss Academy (Oswaldtwistle)

Imbue Beauty (Oswaldtwistle)

Dental Engineering UK (Clayton le Moors)

Mystique Nails and Beauty (Oswaldtwistle)

Home Run Pizza (Accrington)

The Balti House (Rishton)

Asha Indian Takeaway (Accrington)

Mitali Indian Restaurant (Accrington)

Baltistan (Clayton le Moors)

Hyndburn Homewise (Accrington)

Reena Tandoori (Oswaldtwistle)

Shooters Media (Oswaldtwistle)

Pure Perfection (Accrington)

Finch Bakery (Great Harwood)

Loft Boarding NW (Accrington)

Black Dog (Oswaldtwistle)

Civic Arts Centre and Theatre (Oswaldtwistle)

Appetite Sandwich Shop (Oswaldtwistle)

H2Homes (Clayton le Moors)

The Art Garden (Accrington)

Th’owd Stables (Accrington)

Ye Olde Sausage Shop (Oswaldtwistle)

Franco’s Ristorante Pizzeria (Oswaldtwistle)

Kathy Crane Travel Counsellor (Rishton)

Little Sparks Nursery (Clayton le Moors)

Paul Swift Photography (Rishton)

Yoga with Julie (Oswaldtwistle)

Icansee (Oswaldtwistle)

MW Graphics (Great Harwood)

Boardwalk Cafe (Accrington)

Mirage Hairdressers (Accrington)

Pampered Pets (Accrington)

Compliments (Oswaldtwistle)

Body One Ltd (Great Harwood)

Plantation Street Chippy (Accrington)

Castle Inn (Accrington)

Glamhairous (Great Harwood)

Mirror Mirror (Accrington)

Royal Nail (Accrington)

Angela Kays Beauty (Accrington)

Cinnamon Spice (Accrington)

Akash (Accrington)

Bevlan Office Interiors (Rishton)

Signs Plus NW (Clayton le Moors)

The Bay Horse (Baxenden)

Bella Rose Wardrobe (Oswaldtwistle)

En-rapture (Great Harwood)

The Spice Room (Rising Bridge)

Khwaja Spice (Clayton le Moors)

Serenity (Accrington)

The Beauty Spot (Great Harwood)

Milltown Loft Conversions (Accrington)

All the Rage (Accrington)

A & K Barnes (Clayton le Moors)

Whitakers Arms (Accrington)

La Beau (Accrington)

Opal Lily (Great Harwood)

Little Clock Shoppe (Accrington)

Jumpworks (Accrington)

Halo Vertical Fitness (Accrington)

Victoria Louise Hair Extensions (Great Harwood)

Hoodies4Schools (Accrington)

Sundown Solutions (Altham)

Barcode Logistics (Oswaldtwistle)

Space2Make (Accrington)

Accrington Pals Cafe (Accrington)

Arden Inn (Accrington)

Elite Hardware (Church)

The Hair Shop (Accrington)

Crown Inn (Accrington)

Upbeat Functions and Fitness (Accrington)

The Wellness Centre (Accrington)

Frankie’s Cafe (Accrington)

Lyndsay Jane Hair & Beauty (Accrington)

James Hairshop (Accrington)

UK Online Estate Agents (Oswaldtwistle)

Savouries Sandwich Shop (Accrington)

Emerson & Renwick (Church)

Rosslee Construction (Accrington)

Warrantywise (Clayton le Moors)

C-MAC Partnership (Accrington)

The Beauty Emporium (Accrington)

Retro Food & Drink (Accrington)

Macy Jade’s Boutique (Oswaldtwistle)

Townfield & Coachhouse Care (Great Harwood)

System Hygiene (Altham)

Admagnetics (Huncoat)

Gaffey Technical Services (Huncoat)

Church Street News & Food (Accrington)

Oswaldtwistle Mills (Oswaldtwistle)

Langtec Ltd (Altham)

Senator Group (Altham)

Clayton Park Bakery (Clayton le Moors)

Mayes Accountants (Accrington)

Lilac Interiors (Accrington)

Tuck-In (Accrington)

Education Business Partnership NW (Oswaldtwistle)

Plus 2 Hairdressers (Accrington)

Slacks Farm Butchers (Accrington)

Slacks Farm Deli (Accrington)

Accrington Stanley Football Club

Accrington Stanley Community Trust

Community Solutions NW

Creative World (Altham)

Hyndburn Community & Voluntary Resource Centre (Accrington)

Allure Nails & Beauty (Accrington)

Royal Phoenix Chinese Restaurant (Oswaldtwistle)

Linspot Chinese Takeaway (Oswaldtwistle)

Kwong Ming Chinese Takeaway (Accrington)

Peking Lion Chinese Takeaway (Clayton le Moors)

Imposta Coffee House (Accrington)

Taps Plumbers Merchants (Accrington)

Advocacy Focus (Accrington)

Vogue Hair Design (Accrington)

Albert Harrison Ltd (Accrington)

Go-to Workwear (Oswaldtwistle)

Hare and Hounds (Oswaldtwistle)

The Garth Dawson Studio (Accrington)

Amaleo’s Sandwich Bar (Great Harwood)

ETech Engineering (Great Harwood)

Lancashire Women’s Centres (Accrington)

Pure Vision (Accrington)

Eafield & Maple (Accrington)

Sharp Estate Agents (Accrington)

Duckworth’s Estate Agents (Accrington)

Keenan’s Estate Agents (Accrington)

Hairs & Faces Hairdressers (Accrington)

Roop Beauty (Accrington)

Halo Hair Design (Accrington)

Glamour Puss Hair & Nail Salon (Clayton le Moors)

BMS Accrington

Vibe Interiors (Oswaldtwistle)

The Pet Warehouse (Oswaldtwistle)

Furstyle Dog Grooming (Great Harwood)

Cheeky Duck Designs (Accrington)

Sweet Reminiscing by Sharonrose (Accrington)

Hair of the Dog (Great Harwood)

Haworth Art Gallery (Accrington)

Early Start Nursery (Oswaldtwistle)

Fitzy’s Salon (Accrington)

Discover Property Management (Oswaldtwistle)

We’d like to thank everyone who has nominated a local business this year.

Pride of Hyndburn Award

This is a new category for Hyndburn Business Awards 2017. It has developed from the Enterprising Person Award, so deserved won by Evonne Harwood last year. Our intention is still to celebrate enterprising activity outside of a business or social enterprise setting, but to open it up to individuals, groups, clubs, associations, societies, networks and clubs that are working away to make Hyndburn a better place for everyone who lives, works or visits here.

Here is the final list of nominations:

Hyndburn Chamber of Trade: This is an association that has been around a long time representing the interests of traders across Hyndburn. Over recent years it has become somewhat Accrington centric, but now it is working hard to extend its footprint across the whole borough.

Evonne Harwood: The 2016 Enterprising Person winner has not rested on her laurels over the last year, working hard to bring more events to Accrington Town Centre, including a second Dickensian event and a Beach Party on Warner Street during the summer. This was not part of her business activities.

Judith Addison: She is a Governor of at least three local schools and a trustee of a number of community groups, working tirelessly for her community and local people. She is described as a ‘force of nature’ who does what she does willingly and enthusiastically because she believes people need her help and support.

The Falling/March to the Front: These are two related projects created by Sophie Fitzpatrick of Hyndburn Arts that involved over 500 volunteers representing the Accrington Pals battalion that lost so many lives in July 1916. Over 1,000 people attended the event in Oakhill Park.

Oswaldtwistle Carnival Committee: In 2014 the committee organised the first carnival in Oswaldtwistle for 16 years. In 2016 over 5000 people attended the second carnival! The carnival committee are hardworking and enthusiastic and able to achieve a great deal with little or no financial support and with sheer determination.

Jaqui Collins’ Mum: Raises the profile of any local charitable event on social media and tirelessly fundraises for East Lancashire Hospice.

Joanne Shepherd: Joanne put together an event called ‘Let’s Do It’ to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. It brought together a group of local people and created an event based on the comedy of Victoria Wood, attracting an audience of over 250. She is currently working on a second event in support of Dementia Awareness.

Oswaldtwistle Town Twinning: Oswaldtwistle has won a place in a UK-wide initiative that has created five sets of ‘twins’. Oswaldtwistle has been twinned with Whitburn in West Lothian. The idea is to link tons together to share good practices and talk about ways to regenerate and improve their towns.

Shahed Mahmood: Shahed works tirelessly for the borough either in his capacity as president of Hyndburn Chamber of Trade, or as a local businessman. His untiring enthusiasm for making Hyndburn a better place for businesses has made him someone who everyone should know.

Sophie, Lucy and Chloe Fitzpatrick and Sophie Guest: Chloe has a severe strawberry allergy and suffers between 3 and 5 anaphylactic shocks a year. Two years ago they wrote and performed a play to raise awareness of anaphylaxis. It was rewritten and performed to a larger audience this year following the sad death of Megan Lee.

Mickii Edwards: More than a  a business owner. Always goes above and beyond expectations. Ran to Manchester and back (68 miles) in one day to raise funds so that four deprived families could have a trip to Disneyland.

Gayle Knight:  Has worked tirelessly to provide a great community feel to Oswaldtwistle. Gets involved in many activities and spends a great deal of her own time making good things happen.

The Hyndburn Helpers: A group of volunteers that feed and give items to the homeless of Accrington. They scrounge what they can and are always fundraising.

NW Food Festival: Although this event hasn’t happened yet (its on May 6th), so much work has been put into organising it, from test events to prove they could handle something like this and now a full roster if stall and activities confirmed for the event, which is aid of Cancer Research.

Murray Dawson: Works tirelessly to promote the good things in Hyndburn. Gives hours of his own time provides £1000s free publicity and promotion for local charities.

Royal British Legion (Accrington Branch): As volunteers and representatives of RBL within their community they work tirelessly on their own or as part of other communities/groups. They have organised many events, commemorations and parades.

Salvadore Woody/Hyndburn Stray Dogs in Need (Rishton): Sal and his team have managed to give 5000 stray dogs a second chance through their efforts.

Jawid Hussain (Accrington): Donated £6.5m to a single community project in Accrington.

Ilyas Khan (Oswaldtwistle)

Sharonrose Allison-Howard (Accrington)

Hyndburn Project

Ossy Joggers (Oswaldtwistle)

A huge thank you to everyone who has made a nomination in this category. Judging the entries happens next and it promises to be a herculean task.

HAwards17 Nominations Are Open!

Just click on the nominate tab on this website and follow the instructions! You can nominate your own business and as many other Hyndburn businesses as you like until April 18th. We will get in touch with each of them to send them an entry form.

We will be distributing a paper copy of the flyer (below) around Hyndburn over the next couple of weeks, but feel free to share this post around your local networks to help spread the word – thanks in advance.

Let’s welcome on board Albert Harrison & Co, who are sponsoring the Made in Hyndburn Award this year. Unfortunately the flyer had gone to print before we started talking to each other…

Hyndburn Business Awards 2017

Hyndburn Business Awards 2017 is about to get underway. Our thanks to all our sponsors for supporting us again.

Sponsorship Opportunities

There are still some categories available for sponsorship:

  • Made in Hyndburn: This category celebrates the achievements of local businesses that make and manufacture. We’re looking for a product or a process with a real ‘wow’ factor that has brought significant success to the business. Last year’s winners were Admagnetics.
  • Small Business: This category celebrates the achievements of local businesses with between 6 and 19 employees. Last year’s winners were Gaffey Technical Services.
  • Sole Trader: Most of Hyndburn’s business community fits into this category, and we feel it is very important that we recognise and celebrate our ‘one man bands’. Last year’s winners were Cheeky Duck Designs
  • Pride of Hyndburn: Although this is a new award, it builds on last year’s Enterprising Person category. There are individuals, groups, associations and clubs everywhere in Hyndburn that work tirelessly to make our borough a better place to live, work, play and visit. This category recognises and celebrates their achievements.

If you interested in sponsoring one of these categories, please email us. Prices start from £250 and include the opportunity to join the judging panel for your category and present your award at the ceremony. Priority seating at the ceremony is also included, along with many other promotional benefits.

Remember: Hyndburn Business Awards is non-profit, so every penny of our sponsors’ contribution is used in organising and running the competition.

Important Dates

Official Launch: February 14th 2017

Online Nominations Open: March 7th 2017

Online Nominations Close: April 18th 2017

Entry Deadline: April 25th 2017

Finalists Announced: May 9th 2017

Ceremony: June 13th 2017

HAwards 2016: The Results

HAwards16: The Finalists