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  • Town’s ‘magnificent seven’ in running for county business awards

    Frank Martin

    SEVEN Skelmersdale-based companies have been announced as finalists in a county-wide business awards scheme.

    The seven - Direct365, Sustainable Building Services, the Hub pharmacy, Laila's Fine Foods, Chemist-4-U, Fairbanks Environmental, and Mellors Catering Services - were all included in the shortlist for this year’s Red Rose Awards.

    The categories for which they have been nominated were as follows: Sustainable Building Services (construction); The Hub pharmacy (Health and Care); Mellors Catering Services (large business); Laila's Fine Foods (manufacturing); Chemists-4-U (medium and online); Direct365 (online); and Fairbanks Environmental (skills and training).

    Successful businesses were announced after a day of rigorous pre-scoring, whittling down the entries to just six finalists for each of the 25 categories.

    The finalists will now face an interview and presentation stage across a further two judging days at Blackburn Rovers Football Club.

    And the winners will be revealed at a glittering awards ceremony at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on Thursday, March 9.

    Around 70 judges, made up of sponsors, business leaders and independent experts, assessed hundreds of written entries to name the finalists.

    Judges said the decisions during the scoring of written entries were tougher, the stories bigger and the achievements greater than ever before.

    Richard Slater, publisher of Lancashire Business View magazine, which organises the awards, said: “The competition this year was exceptional; our judges had a difficult task.

    “We are excited at once again bringing the county together at the Winter Gardens on March 9 to celebrate the success of Lancashire business, form new relationships and have a fantastic night.”

    Dr John Lonsdale, director of innovation and enterprise at UCLan, judging partner for the Red Rose Awards 2017, added: “Following last year’s strong entries it is great to see those standards being maintained, with another great crop of businesses showing what they can do. Judging has been a real challenge.

    “It is inspiring to see Lancashire businesses growing, creating jobs and innovating across the county. The awards evening is sure to be a great event for all concerned.”

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