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A big thank you to all our sponsors for supporting the Pendle Business Awards. The organisations below are sponsors of specific elements on the night of the awards.

MERC AEROSPACE - Trophy Sponsor

Based in Barrowford, Merc Aerospace are a world-class precision machining company with over forty years’ expertise in serving the aerospace, defence, and oil & gas industries. Employing over 50 staff, Merc have a highly skilled team that produce precision parts and assemblies of exceptional quality to the most demanding of customer specifications in a variety of metals and specialist alloys. Our quality and service is trusted by industry leaders including BAE Systems, Airbus, AgustaWestland and Bombardier.

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NELSON AND COLNE COLLEGE -  Award Sponsor (Apprentice of the Year)

Nelson and Colne College has been providing a range of Apprenticeships for many years and is currently rated number one for overall Apprenticeship achievements at all ages and levels.


NCC has an excellent reputation with businesses across East Lancashire and beyond, helping employers across a wide range of sectors find their next star employee. NCC currently has over 1,000 Apprentices working in businesses both large and small, who go on to become real assets to their employers and regularly secure full-time employment with their employer after their Apprenticeship.


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(Making A Local Difference)

Nelson Town Council is a strong and diverse council with 24 members. We manage Nelson's town centre events, play areas, cctv, and have a vibrant community centre. The year 2018 is our 10th anniversary and we have ambitions to deliver bigger and better events in the town centre in collaboration with businesses in East Lancashire, in particular Nelson and Pendle. 


Nelson has hundreds of successful business  who bring millions of pounds to the local economy and we are proud to celebrate their success at the Pendle Business Awards 2018. 


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(Rising Star of the Year)

Based in the North West of England, Barnfield Construction offer honest, thought through and practical solutions to a diverse array of new and refurbishment building contracts ranging from industrial, commercial, retail, leisure & hospitality and residential schemes. They are passionate about construction and are committed to providing a high quality product, an excellent understanding of client’s requirements and the best possible service.


Barnfield Construction has established a reputation for efficiency, expertise and attention to detail. With a total workforce in excess of 250, almost every aspect of construction and civil engineering work can be undertaken from within our own professional multi-disciplinary team. They have a range of ongoing developments, which are either carried out alone or through the several joint venture companies that have been created with Public and Private sector partners.


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(Manufacturer of the Year)

Businesswise Solutions is an expert energy buying and management company, which assists large energy users in reducing cost and consumption in a complex and ever-evolving market. Our aim to change the way businesses buy and manage energy by delivering a customised service to each and every client.


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(Employer of the Year)

Over the 50+ years Protec have been in business, our structure has evolved to accommodate the increasing success we have continued to enjoy, whilst maintaining a very warm and friendly family business feel.


This is achieved by maintaining a very flat communication structure with a strong team culture which encourages all employees to speak out at any level, with ideas and suggestions to improve the experience of colleagues and clients alike.

This allows a more innovative and dynamic culture, ensuring ideas become a reality more quickly, which is reflected directly in the many industry leading products and services we offer.


The strong family culture is also positively reflected in the high retention levels of staff, with the knock-on effect to further strengthen the culture throughout the business, as staff are promoted and new staff are brought into the fold.

We have considerable experience in delivering world class buildings. Our delivery teams are carefully selected to suit specific project needs and client philosophy.

We believe our success is due to the culture within our teams. We constantly strive for excellence in everything we do.


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RIGGS AUTOPACK -  Award Sponsor

(Technology & Innovation Award)

Riggs Autopack Ltd is an award-winning manufacturer of high quality bespoke depositors and filling machines, transfer pumps and automatic conveyor filling lines. We are a UK market leader with an excellent reputation and supply our equipment to the food production industry.


We design and build our full machine range in-house at our 50,000 square foot factory in Nelson, Lancashire, and take great pride in supplying a huge variety of food manufacturers throughout the UK and overseas. Clients typically range from cottage industries and small start-up companies, through to large scale multi-national food groups and international factories. 


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FARMHOUSE BISCUITS - Event and Charity Supporter

The Farmhouse Biscuit story begins many years ago in Lancashire at Higher Oaklands Farm when the McIvor family began baking and selling traditionally made biscuits. Over time demand for the biscuits grew and in 1973 the decision was made to stop farming and become devoted to the production of delicious biscuits.

As time marched on and the business flourished more space was needed and eventually it was time to move from the farm. So, in 1978 relocation to bigger premises in Nelson was necessary. Despite the new setting the desire to retain our traditional baking methods remained and the business continued to grow. The bakery at Brook Street has continued to grow and evolve right alongside our business, four generations of the McIvor family have worked together and imparted over centuries a combined wealth of experience which has been handed down from generation to generation into our biscuit making.

That experience mixed with innovative new ideas means that here at Farmhouse biscuits we are constantly improving and constantly trying to develop great new products and recipes to share with the world. 


They have come a long way since the kitchen at Higher Oaklands, now operating from a 200,000 square foot facility and employing up to 300 people. The business has grown but the determination to deliver the same high quality of traditional delicious biscuits still remains the same.


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Handelsbanken offers local relationship banking with products and services tailored to the personal and business banking needs of their customers. Founded in Sweden in 1871, Handelsbanken is one of the world’s safest banks (as named by the Global Finance magazine, September 2017). With over 800 branches in more than 20 countries worldwide, Handelsbanken has been steadily building up a UK branch network, supporting more and more local communities like Burnley.


As a relationship bank, Handelsbanken are driven only by what their customers need, designing tailored solutions to suit their customers’ demands. Handelsbanken take a long-term view, investing time to get to know their customers’ personalities, needs and ambitions. Handelsbanken provide a personal service giving direct access to customers through personal designated account managers, complemented by secure online and mobile banking.


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TRAINING 2000 - Menu Sponsor

Training 2000 has over 50 years’ experience of developing professional people and apprentices. We continue to expand our portfolio as one of the largest Group Training Associations in England and support organisations ranging from the small employer to large blue chip enterprises across the UK and on a Global basis. We can help you to choose the course that’s right for you or your business and guide you through your training every step of the way.


In 2017, it was announced that Training 2000 would become part of the University of Central Lancashire. Our learners will now have direct progression routes to Degree Apprenticeships as well as many other options.


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UNIQUE CLEAN - Reception Entertainment Sponsor

Operating from our main base in Pendle, Unique Clean hire and facilities offer professional, domestic and commercial cleaning services across the country and beyond. In the last year Unique has diversified into hiring and facility management, continuing the growth of the Unique brand. Offering a wide range of services makes them one of the North West’s fastest growing cleaning companies and their team is devoted to delivering a quality service and has an established reputation which they have created over many years.


With an ever-growing client base, Unique Clean have 30+ fully trained staff members and a management team that help maintain their growth and a high level of service.


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