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Lancashire’s young business people celebrated at the Young ‘Uns Awards 2016 as the next generation of movers, shakers and decision makers were crowned at the ceremony at Winter Gardens Blackpool.
From legal eagles to digital dynamos and red-hot retailers those making waves in business throughout the county were recognised across 11 categories including Young ‘Un Entrepreneur of the Year and Young ‘Un Employee of the Year.
The awards, now in their second year, are organised by Lancashire Business View – the magazine for commerce, industry and regeneration. The event, which was themed around prohibition-era America, took place in the Spanish Ballroom at Winter Gardens
Richard Slater, publisher of Lancashire Business View, said: “Young ‘Uns started life as a feature in the magazine and we had so many fantastic stories that it became obvious we needed to honour them properly.
“The response we’ve had to the Young ‘Uns Awards 2016 has been terrific and it’s great to see business owners and young employees alike being nominated across the 11 categories.
“What’s also great is the businesses getting involved by backing their young staff members and supporting the next generation of Lancashire leaders who are vital to the county’s future success.
“Our judges had a difficult job on their hands – congratulations to all of the winners, and finalists.”
Andrew Leeming, advocate for young people in business in Lancashire and special guest speaker on the night said: ““Most awards focus on the business, I think these awards better recognise the value of simply getting great staff and letting them run riot and be AWESOME! You guys are the new disrupters that keep formulating ideas and pushing us forward.”
Sponsors of the awards were BAE Systems, Begbies Traynor, Federation of Small Businesses, Macdonald Tickled Trout Hotel, Peter Scott Printers, Preston Guild Hall, Sunshine Events, UCLan Burnley, Winter Gardens Blackpool , With a Twist and media partner Square Cactus.