Behind the Scenes at HAwards

BEHIND the scenes of Hyndburn Business Awards there are a number of small companies and sole traders that make the night a glittering occasion. When the nominees enter the superb Accrington Town Hall ballroom Paul Coppack, owner of Shooters Media, based in Oswaldtwistle, have already set the scene with a professional backdrop on the centre stage. He said: “This year will be the fourth time that we have been videoing the awards and then creating a short video to celebrate the actual event itself. We also do the projections and all the titles with details of the sponsors and the winners. We also provide the music to accompany the awards and we want to provide a professional event. We are proud to be a part of the awards and I have a lot of respect for Rob and Val Carder. I believe that Hyndburn needs these awards as like Rossendale there is a connection between businesses.”

The logo, programme and certificates are produced by print sponsor Ellison Printers from Rishton.
Partner and general manager Jane Caunce said: “Rob approached us about the awards when they were just an idea and we took it from there. As well as being print sponsor, we also won the Creative Business trophy in 2016 and are finalists again this year. I love these awards because it is such a good night, it is relaxed, friendly and professional and showcases the best of Hyndburn businesses. I really like how all the businesses are rooting for each other and the room is full of enthusiasm and positivity.”

Skilled glass engraver Alexis Valentine from Walking on Glass has been creating the top trophy for Rossendale Business Awards since 2014 and last year was invited to create the Beacon award for Hyndburn. When he was made redundant from his previous career of denture making in 2013, Alexis realised he could use his drill skills for glass engraving. He said: “I like producing the awards because it gets my name out there. I work with the award logo and create three different sides to the trophy.”

Other award winners receive an acrylic trophy, which was designed by a student from Hollins Technical College student Isaac Bradshaw and the simple and elegant trophies are produced by the college.

Capturing the events as they unfold and those winning pictures is professional photographer Liz Hall from Liz Henson Photography. She said: “I have been providing photography for local business awards since 2011 and it is good to be able to reward those large, medium and small businesses that make Lancashire the thriving community that it is. When you are in business it is always important to have the right image and I am delighted that the business awards realise the value in employing a professional photographer to capture the night with the right pictures. It is also an excellent networking occasion and an opportunity for me to showcase my talents.”

And the news articles, including this piece, are written by Catherine Smyth Media.

Hyndburn Business Awards 2019 Finalists

MORE than 50 businesses, organisations and individuals have been named as finalists in the fourth Hyndburn Business Awards. The fabulous ballroom at Accrington Town Hall will be packed on Tuesday June 18 for the awards’ ceremony. Chair of organisers Enterprising People Rob Carder said: “The people of Hyndburn have been incredibly supportive of the awards and this year we received the highest ever number of nominations. The judging panel had a difficult job to do because the quality of the entries received was very high and so some categories have up to six finalists.”

The Accrington Observer sponsored category the Evonne Harwood Event of the Year is being judged by an online vote on the Hyndburn Business Awards Facebook page and voting ends on Tuesday May 21. All businesses that enter qualify for the Beacon Award, a bespoke glass trophy given to the most inspirational business and the nominees are only announced on the night.

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Haworth Art Gallery

A YEAR after winning the Tourism Business of the Year award, Haworth Art Gallery has expanded its visitor experience. The Stables and Motor House Artists’ Studios officially opened just months after the gallery won the Hyndburn Business Award and the Heritage Lottery funded project is already home to 12 artists with room for a further four. The Gallery Kitchen has also extended its opening hours and now provides catering from 11am with weekend bistro, gala nights and functions.

Gallery manager Yvonne Robins said: “Winning the award gives kudos to what we do. We have used it on all our publicity and literature we send out. The trophy and certificate is on display in the entrance along with our Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and Hyndburn Borough Council All for One award. This award helps to promote Haworth Art Gallery as a tourist attraction and over the last 12 months we have really expanded our visitor experience”

A visitor nominated the gallery for a Customer Friendly business award, but Yvonne was advised to also enter the Tourism category. Last June, at the presentation evening at Accrington Town Hall, Yvonne and colleague Margaret Porter joined other finalists on the stage for the Tourism category. She said: “We never expected to win and could not believe it when our name was read out.”

The former home of brother and sister William and Anne Haworth was built in 1909 and was gifted to the Corporation, along with works of art, in 1920. A sum of money for its upkeep was also bequeathed. Since Yvonne became Gallery Manager in 2014, the 8,500 visitors have increased to more than 23,000 a year. Now a full programme of Sunday family workshops has been arranged, family fun days will be held in the grounds, live music is on alternate Sundays along with further workshops led by artists who have a studio in the former stables building.

The free to enter gallery boasts the largest collection of Tiffany glass in Europe along with temporary exhibitions and the artists’ studios. It is now also a popular wedding venue. Yvonne added: “The grounds are also spectacular with the rose garden, a replica War Memorial to the Accrington Pals, memorial trees donated for the Pals by local historian Les Bond and a tree planted for the Queen’s 90th birthday. We have had visitors from South Africa, America and Australia, sometimes because they are staying with local relatives, sometimes they are researching a family tree but more often than not, it is to see our collection of Tiffany Glass.”

Article by Catherine Smyth Media