‘Incredible’ response to awards launch
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
Hyndburn MP with some of last year’s Business Awards winners – Small Business joint winners Bevlan Office Interiors and Whewells of Accrington