Businesses across Lancashire are celebrating after being shortlisted as finalists in this year’s Red Rose Awards.
Successful businesses were announced after a day of rigorous pre-scoring at Northcote at the Rovers whittling down each category to six finalists for each award.
The 150 finalists will now face an interview and presentation stage across a further two judging days at the Red Rose Suite at Blackburn Rovers. Winners will be announced at the glittering ceremony which takes place on March 12 at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.
More than fifty judges, made up of sponsors, business leaders and independent experts, cast their expert eyes over the written entries to create the shortlist.
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 – the magazine behind the awards, said: “The entries we received this year were stronger than ever, and many businesses across this great county are recording strong performances.”
“We are excited at the prospect of bringing the county together at the Winter Gardens on March 12 to celebrate the success of Lancashire business, form new relationships and have a fantastic night out!”
The 2014 Red Rose Awards was named Awards Event of the Year at the PPA Connect Awards in December.
Headline sponsors of the Red Rose Awards 2015 are Forbes Solicitors and Barclays. The awards are also supported by 2BR & The Bee, Allied Lighting, Ascentis, BAE Systems, Baker Tilly, Blackburn Rovers FC, Bizspace, Boost Lancashire, Burnley Borough Council, Business and Enterprise Trust, Businesswise Solutions, Cassons, Federation of Small Businesses, Four Recruitment, Just Construction & Property Network, Laura Hartley Recruitment, Leonard Dews, Lloyd BMW Blackpool, Napthens Solicitors, Peter Scott Printers, Preston’s College, Slatescape, Sunshine Events, UK Trade & Investment and WEC Group. The event is also supported by Eat My Logo and Dewlay.
The full shortlist of finalists can be seen at http://www.redroseawards.co.uk/red-rose-awards-2015-finalists/.