The Hive Blackburn & Darwen Business Awards have announced details for this year’s event, with a ceremony date of the 4th November 2023 set to crown the winners of the highly-regarded accolade.

In its 9th year, the annual event looks to bring together the region’s business community to celebrate outstanding work and individuals and shine a light on the growth and success of businesses in the area.

There are 23 categories in total, which are open to entries now and cover a whole of sectors and topics including; The Creative & Digital Award, The Commitment to Innovation & Technology Award and the Hive Rising Star Award.  The Hospitality Award has also been extended to include hotels and restaurants as we look to celebrate this thriving sector in the borough.

Ian Brown, chairman of HIVE, said:

“We are incredibly passionate about giving businesses of all shapes, sizes and set ups the opportunity to be recognised for their work, which is why we have over 20 different categories to enter.

“Last year we received a record number of entries and we anticipate this year being even bigger as the awards continue to gain momentum. Our carefully selected judging panel take great care and consideration in reading through each and every individual entry and for them it is a huge honour that brings them a lot of joy!”

The awards are judged by a high-profile panel, made up of internal and external representatives and sponsors, including representatives from Blackburn College and Blackburn & Darwen Council, both of whom are headline sponsors of this year’s event.

One of the most highly-anticipated awards is the Retail Business Award, which was won by Ainsworth Jewellers last year. Open to any retail business in the region, this specific award celebrates high quality customer service, business opportunities identified and explored and commitment to employees and staff retention, to name just a few of the criteria.

Ian concluded:

“We’d urge each and every business in the region to take a look at the categories and criterion and submit an entry because you just never know, you may well win!”

The awards are now open, with all submissions required by 18th September 2023. A shortlist will then be announced on 2nd October, with successful candidates and companies invited to a final interview before the winners are crowned at an exclusive event at King George’s Hall on Friday 3rd November.

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Published On: August 10th, 2023