‘In­cred­i­ble’ re­sponse to awards launch

Accrington Observer - - FAMILY ANNOUCEMENTS -

MORE than 300 n o mina t i o n s were re­ceived for the third Hyn­d­burn Busi­ness Awards in the first week of open­ing.

The num­ber of nom­i­na­tions was de­scribed by or­gan­is­ers En­ter­pris­ing Peo­ple as ‘in­cred­i­ble’ and busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als can be put for­ward un­til April 19.

Last year fam­ily firms Whewells Lim­ited, of Bridge Street, Ac­cring­ton, and Bevlan Of­fice In­te­ri­ors, of Livesey Street, Rish­ton, shared the Small Busi­ness Award ti­tle.

Whewells was founded by Roland Whewell in 1958 and is run by his son and daugh­ter-in-law Gor­don and Mar­ion and grand­son Michael.

Bevlan was founded 32 years ago by fa­ther and daugh­ter Alan and Bev Mer­cer.

Michael Whewell said: “My grand­fa­ther started in a key shop on Warner Street be­fore found­ing Whewells, ini­tially sell­ing hard­board and beading. The com­pany ex­panded into tim­ber and then opened a tool shop 22 years ago.”

The firm’s four di­rec­tors, in­clud­ing Michael’s wife Kathryn, went along to the Ac­cring­ton Town Hall cer­e­mony.

Michael, a mem­ber and for­mer pres­i­dent of the Hyn­d­burn Cham­ber of Trade, said: “I think it is im­por­tant for lo­cal busi­nesses to be recog­nised for what they pro­vide for the area: jobs, pros­per­ity and pro­mo­tion.

“We al­ways do our best to help all our cus­tomers.

“There is a say­ing that if you can’t find it in Whewells you can’t find it any­where!”

The com­pany is now plan­ning cel­e­bra­tions for its 60th an­niver­sary.

Bevlan be­gan sell­ing sec­ond-hand of­fice fur­ni­ture and for the last 25 years has been based in a tra­di­tional weav­ing shed York Mill, which of­fers space for a huge show­room and ware­hous­ing along with of­fices.

Bev said: “Our fur­ni­ture goes all over the UK. We got an in­quiry from Stornoway for 20 desks, and in our quote had to fac­tor in the ferry cross­ing along with spe­cial lash­ings to fas­ten our van to the boat.

“We got the or­der, but only when we de­liv­ered the desks did we find out it was for the BBC.”

She added: “I was proud that we had been nom­i­nated and was de­lighted when we won be­cause it is good for all the mem­bers of staff; ev­ery­one works hard and it is nice to be recog­nised.”

Nom­i­na­tions for Hyn­d­burn Busi­ness Awards close on Thurs­day, April 19. To nom­i­nate visit www.hyn­d­burn­busi­nes­sawards.co.uk

Liz Hall

Hyn­d­burn MP with some of last year’s Busi­ness Awards win­ners – Small Busi­ness joint win­ners Bevlan Of­fice In­te­ri­ors and Whewells of Ac­cring­ton

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