Last Thursday night ten members of the Magma team got suited and booted to attend the annual Red Rose Awards hosted by the Lancashire Business View, a night designed to celebrate the best of Lancashire business. It was a record breaking year for the awards, with a record number of entries and finalists.
We were triple finalists for the awards, having earned nominations in the ‘Small Business of the Year’, ‘Growing Business of the Year’ and ‘Commitment to Skills’ categories. This year Magma were also proud sponsors of the ‘Financial Services Team of the Year’ category.
The team had all been looking forward to the ceremony and it definitely didn’t disappoint. The event was hosted at the wonderfully elegant Winter Gardens in Blackpool with 1160 people attending on the night. This was a record for the number of people catered for by the venue that stretches back 140 years!
There was a palpable air of excitement in the room as the awards ceremony began, with the eCommerce Award being the first award to be announced. It was presented by Bizspace’s Emma Long and the winner was One Iota, a multi-channel retail technology provider. The company had an impressive year, securing enviable big name new clients including Thorntons, Adidas and Superdry.
Up next was Clare Fryer from the Mosaic Care Group, presenting the Caring Employer of the Year Award to the Burnley based company Funda. Delivering high quality services to Lancashire schools, parents and children, they help a very commendable figure of 10,000 young people each week.
The Commitment to Skills Award was sponsored by BAE Systems and had special relevance to Magma as we were finalists last year as well as this year. Unfortunately we did not win the award but we offer our congratulations to FGH Security from Lancaster, who prevailed over the other nominees due to their focus on training young people.
Tony Morgan was next up from Superfast Lancashire to present the Rural Business of The Year Award. Family run business Canal Boat Cruises were the winner of this category, after investing £140,000 on two new boats in 2013.
The Green Business Award was delivered by Wayne Wild from WEC Group. This award was won by Silverwoods Waste Management from Clitheroe for their passion and commitment to the environment.
Phil Wilkinson from Ascentis was next up to present the Not for Profit Business of the Year Award. Blackburn Youth Zone, a charity dedicated to young people took home the award.
Abbey Telecom sponsored the Customer Service Award with Springhill Care Group from Accrington winning this category.
The International Achievement Award was sponsored by Cassons and won by Fairbanks Environmental for achieving 80% of their turnover internationally. The company monitor over 40,000 storage tank systems across 34 different countries.
The next award was the Innovation Award in association with Preston College. Carl Speight presented the award to Connect Technology Group for their software provision to childcare providers.
The Growing Business Award was the second award that Magma was a finalist for after achieving 68% growth in turnover during 2013. The award was sponsored by Boost Business Lancashire and won by Andrew Porter Ltd for achieving almost 50% growth in turnover and employing 30 new members of staff.
Peter Scott Printers were the sponsors for the Marketing Business of the Year Award and Joanne Hindley announced the winner. SEO 24/7 proved to be the second company from Lancaster to take home an award.
Next up was the Retail Business of the Year Award with Dawson’s Department Store giving Clitheroe companies a second win of the night. The shop’s sales grew 20% for the eighth year in a row.
Ruth Connor from Marketing Lancashire presented the Tourism and Leisure Business of the Year Award to The Cartford Inn in Little Eccleston.
The Construction Business of the Year Award was sponsored by Red Rose Drylining and Preston-based company Cassidy & Ashton won this category.
PM&M Chartered Accountants presented the Engineering Business of the Year Award to Connect 2 Cleanrooms, taking the Lancaster based companies winner tally to three.
Via Training sponsored the Health & Care Award, which proved to be Springhill Care’s second win on the night.
The Legal Team of the Year Award was sponsored by Recall, with Harrison Drury Solicitors winning the category after achieving a fee income rise of 33%.
Headline sponsors Barclays presented the Manufacturing Business of the Year Award to Tangerine Group from Lytham. The holding company ships products to over 30 countries directly from Lytham.
The next award was the Property Business of the Year with Leona Smith from Lantei Compliance Services presenting. Slatescape from Blackburn won this award after growing by 10% during 2013.
Next up was the category Magma were sponsoring (link to sponsor blog), the Financial Services of the Year Award. We congratulate Taylor Patterson from Preston for winning the award after achieving their highest ever turnover in 2013.
The New Business of the Year Award, sponsored by the Business Enterprise Trust, was won by The Green Chimney in Colne.
Blackpool based company Laila’s Fine Foods won the Family Business of the Year Award, which was sponsored by Laura Hartley Recruitment. The company is listed as one of Asda’s top five ready meal manufacturers.
The third and final award Magma were finalists for was the Small Business of the Year Award and unfortunately it was a trio of disappointments for us in the night. However, we offer our congratulations to winners Made in Preston, who account for a very respectable 60% of their market.
The penultimate award was for the Medium Business of the Year, which was sponsored by Napthens Solicitors. This was Connect 2 Cleanrooms second award of the night, after successfully penetrating the US market in 2013 with extremely healthy profits.
The final award was sponsored by headline sponsor Forbes Solicitors and was for the Large Business of the Year. This award was taken by ACDC LED for their work on prestigious projects globally, including a recent £5m contract to light up Muscat International Airport in Oman.
The night turned out to be a real success, with the food and entertainment ensuring everyone was in a jovial celebratory mood. We think With a Twist Catering deserve a special mention for serving and clearing 1160 three course dinners in under two hours! What’s more, the event saw £5500 raised for Lancashire Prince’s Trust projects.
It really was lovely to hear about all the Lancashire based businesses that are achieving great things. While we were understandably a little disappointed at not coming away with an award, we were delighted to be triple finalists and offer our congratulations to all the winners on the night!