The shortlist for the 2022 Red Rose Awards, in association with Forbes Solicitors and Barclays, has been announced following a bumper number of entries.

East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate all of our members who made the 2022 shortlist.

This year’s event will take place just six months after the 2021 ceremony – which was delayed due to lockdown – but that hasn’t stopped organisations from across Lancashire flooding the nominations process with good news stories.

A new category created specifically to recognise micro businesses has proven especially popular and so has the tourism category – despite that being one of the most severely-affected industries over the last two years.

Each shortlisted organisation now has the opportunity to present their case in person to a panel of hand-picked, independent judges and sponsors at a special event on April 27 and 28. All nominees will also be given the support of Sales Geek which will deliver a free-of-charge story-telling masterclass, drawing on their own experiences of winning multiple Red Rose Awards in the past. The judging process is sponsored by RSM.

The judges will then pick a winner in each of the 22 categories, which cover sectors and sizes of business, as well as specific achievements such as customer service excellence and going green.

Oliver Burton, CEO at Forbes Solicitors, headline sponsors of the awards for the twelfth year, said:

“Shortlisting this year has been a very hard task. Following the pandemic, businesses should be proud of what they’ve achieved and we are still seeing how they have been resilient and adapted to the benefit of their businesses. Congratulations to all and we look forward to meeting them at judging.”

John Stanworth, head of corporate banking at Barclays in Lancashire and Cumbria, a headline sponsor for nine years, said:

“As always the award entries have been of a very high standard making judging a very difficult job indeed! Those that have made it through to this stage should be very proud. We are looking forward to meeting the finalists at the next stage and celebrating their successes on the night of the awards.”

Kevin Duffy, regional managing partner for RSM in the North West, who are judging partner for the awards said:

“We are very proud to be judging partner for the Red Rose Awards this year. We have seen so many fantastic entries, from both familiar faces and future stars, showing the entrepreneurial and dynamic spirit of the region. We look forward to meeting the finalists at the next stage and celebrating the successes of local businesses on the night of the awards.”

Richard Slater, publisher of Lancashire Business View which organises the Red Rose Awards, said:

“The feedback to these awards has been tremendous and we are in awe at the feel-good stories we have seen.

“It’s not been a full year since our last ceremony and we appreciate that many businesses are still in the difficult recovery period, but it is clear that this has done nothing to dampen the enthusiasm Lancashire has for celebrating all that is good about living and working in the red rose county.”

“We wish all the shortlisted companies well and are very much looking forward to meeting them in-person at the judging event.”

The Red Rose Awards are in association with Forbes Solicitors and Barclays. The judging partner is RSM and social media partner is Zigaflow.

The awards are sponsored by Alcidion, Azets, Bigtank, Campbell and Rowley, Cube Thinking, Ewood Experience, Four Recruitment, Fox Group, Harrison Drury Solicitors, Lancaster University, Matrix 247, Mattioli Woods, Napthens Solicitors, Pendle Engineering, Peter Scott Printers, PM+M, Porsche Centre Bolton, Porsche Centre Preston, Sales Geek, Seriun, The Fun Experts, United Utilities and UCLan.

The awards are supported by AMRC North West, Chorley Council, Marketing Lancashire, Pink Link and Winter Gardens Blackpool.

The charity partner is Community Foundation for Lancashire.

The Red Rose Awards 2022 finalists are:

Built Environment Award
Sponsored by Harrison Drury Solicitors

  • Cassidy+Ashton Architects, Preston
  • Collinson Construction, Preston
  • Fox Group, Blackpool
  • HPA Chartered Architects, Lancaster
  • Kingswood Homes, Preston
  • Murton & Co, Lancaster

Corporate Social Responsibility Award

Sponsored by Community Foundation for Lancashire

  • Chorley Building Society, Chorley
  • Elektec, Darwen
  • Fox Group, Blackpool
  • Go Velo, Colne
  • nybble.co.uk, Blackburn
  • RJ8, Burnley

Customer Service Award

Sponsored by Seriun

  • Chorley Group, Chorley
  • CUBE HR, Burnley
  • Higher People, Preston
  • Revive! Preston, Preston
  • Skiddle, Preston
  • Trident Utilities, Blackpool

Design Award

Sponsored by Peter Scott Printers

  • Bigtank Productions, Ramsbottom
  • Jellymedia, Blackpool
  • TCB Designs, Burnley
  • Think!Creative, Poulton-Le-Fylde
  • Two Stories, Lancaster
  • Walk Tall Creative, Edenfield

Digital Award

  • 21Digital, Blackburn
  • Bigtank Productions, Ramsbottom
  • CheckedSafe, Burnley
  • Jellymedia, Blackpool
  • Red-Fern Media, Burnley
  • Redmoor Health, Chorley

Employer of the Year Award

Sponsored by Four Recruitment

  • Active Lancashire, Leyland
  • BiU, Lytham St. Annes
  • Burnley College, Burnley
  • Connect Childcare, Brierfield
  • Shelter Lancashire, Blackburn
  • Spencer Clarke Group, Preston

Export Award

Sponsored by PM+M

  • Carvansons, Haslingden
  • Equestrian Surfaces, Burnley
  • Kerax, Chorley
  • Slingco, Rossendale
  • VMS Solutions, Thornton-Cleveleys
  • Tensar International, Blackburn

Family Business Award

Sponsored by Napthens Solicitors

  • Fagan & Whalley, Padiham
  • Forest Group, Blackburn
  • Frederick’s Ice Cream, Chorley
  • GHW Windows, Blackburn
  • Redmoor Health, Chorley
  • Star Tissue UK, Blackburn

Green Award

Sponsored by Mattioli Woods plc

  • Crowberry Consulting, Chorley
  • Equestrian Surfaces, Burnley
  • Freedom Heat Pumps, Bamber Bridge
  • Morecambe Bay Chowder Co, Morecambe
  • RecycleIT, Burnley
  • Senator International, Accrington

Health and Wellbeing Award

Sponsored by Alcidion

  • Breathe Therapies, Preston
  • Counselling in the Community, Blackpool
  • Essentialise Workplace Wellbeing, Preston
  • Progress Lifeline, Leyland
  • RJ8, Burnley
  • Six Connections, Burnley

Innovation Award

Sponsored by the University of Central Lancashire

  • Alcidion, Burnley
  • Breathe Therapies, Preston
  • CheckedSafe, Burnley
  • ELE Advanced Technologies, Colne
  • IN4 Group, Preston
  • Trident Utilities, Blackpool

Large Business Award

Sponsored by Forbes Solicitors

  • Chorley Group, Chorley
  • CMAC Group, Accrington
  • Fox Group, Blackpool
  • GA Pet Food, Chorley
  • James’ Places, Clitheroe
  • Slingco, Rawtenstall

Made in Lancashire Award

Sponsored by Barclays

  • ELE Advanced Technologies, Colne
  • Marvtech, Burnley
  • Slingco, Rossendale
  • Star Tissue UK, Blackburn
  • Strongdor, Carnforth
  • Tensar International, Blackburn

Medium Business Award

Sponsored by Azets

  • Forest Group, Blackburn
  • Freedom Heat Pumps, Bamber Bridge
  • Redmoor Health, Chorley
  • Spencer Clarke Group, Preston
  • Strongdor, Carnforth
  • Tile Mart, Preston

Micro Business Award

  • Complete Online Solutions, Blackpool
  • CUBE HR, Burnley
  • ITPR, Preston
  • Juniper Wealth Management, Preston
  • Pop Up Entertainment, Blackburn
  • The Luxury Copywriter, Ormskirk

New Business Award

Sponsored by Porsche Centre Preston

  • Delilah Chloe, Blackburn
  • Disruptive Foods, Kirkham
  • Scope Fire & Security, Blackburn
  • Serconnect, Blackburn
  • Sid Hill Transport, Thornton-Cleveleys
  • The Little Lancashire Village, Rawtenstall

Not-for-profit Award

Sponsored by United Utilities

  • Active Lancashire, Leyland
  • Advocacy Focus, Accrington
  • Artz for All, Skelmersdale
  • Blackpool FC Community Trust, Blackpool
  • Empowerment Charity, Blackpool
  • Lancashire Women, Accrington

Professional Services Award

Sponsored by Matrix247

  • Becketts FS, Poulton-le-Fylde
  • Cortus Advisory Group, Fullwood
  • Farleys Solicitors, Blackburn
  • MJH Accountants, Preston
  • True Bearing Chartered Financial Planners, Chorley
  • Woodcocks, Haworth & Nuttall Solicitors, Blackburn

Resilience Award

  • Forsberg Services, Heysham
  • Fresh Perspective Resourcing, Chorley
  • nybble.co.uk, Blackburn
  • PDS CNC Engineering, Nelson
  • GHW Windows, Blackburn
  • Frederick’s Ice Cream, Chorley

Scale-Up Award

Sponsored by Cube Thinking

  • Alcedo Care Group, Preston
  • B2BTradeCard, Chorley
  • ELE Advanced Technologies, Colne
  • Freedom Heat Pumps, Bamber Bridge
  • Luxus Design, Preston
  • Spencer Clarke Group, Preston

Small Business Award

Sponsored by Fox Group

  • Acumen Financial Partnership, Burscough
  • B2BTradeCard, Chorley
  • Becketts FS, Poulton-le-Fylde
  • Empress Fencing, Chatburn
  • Red-Fern Media, Burnley
  • Serconnect, Blackburn

Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Award

Sponsored by Porsche Centre Bolton

  • Brindle Distillery, Chorley
  • Crow Wood Leisure, Burnley
  • James’ Places, Clitheroe
  • Mrs Dowsons Farm Park, Blackburn
  • The Flower Bowl Entertainment Centre, Preston
  • Winter Gardens Blackpool, Blackpool

Note: qualification requires businesses to be paying rates to one or more of Lancashire’s 14 district or unitary boroughs.

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