2022 Award Categories & Sponsors

We are very grateful to our Sponsors, whose support allows us to deliver the awards administration and ceremony, year on year. There are plenty of sponsored categories for all businesses to enter, whichever business you’re in, whatever size you are, and whether you have physical premises, or not.

Please scroll down to meet our Sponsors and to view the 2022 Award Categories.

NB! We do have a few sponsorship opportunities left if any businesses would like to be part of the 2022 awards. Please get in touch with us via the Contact page for more information.

 

Beacon Award

The Beacon Award winner will be a local business that is, in the opinion of the judging panel, the best entry across all categories. The winning business will be a beacon of inspiration.

Sponsored by lovelocalsolutions

Apprentice of the Year

The winner of this award will be a Ribble Valley apprentice who has, over the past year, shown a keen commitment to personal and professional development, risen to new challenges and made a positive difference to their company.

Sponsored by UCLan

Creative Business

The winner of this award will be the most created Ribble Valley business nominated this year. Open to all businesses of any size, where creativity and/or creative skills are central to the business.

Sponsored by Raine & Bea

Customer Friendly Business

The winner of this award will be the most customer friendly Ribble Valley business nominated this year. We will only accept nominations from customers of the business for this award.

Sponsored by Ribble Valley Borough Council

Family Business

The winner of this award will be the best family business in Ribble Valley nominated this year. Open to all family owned businesses, where two or more family members currently work within the business, and more than one generation contributes (or has previously contributed) to the success of the business.

Sponsored by Mind & Business Consultants

Food & Drink

The winner of this award will be the best food and/or drink-based business in Ribble Valley nominated this year. Open to all business who either produce food or drink, or retail / serve food or drink to be consumed off-premises.

Sponsored by Ribble Valley Paws Limited

Health & Beauty Business

The winner of this award will be the best health and/or beauty based business in Ribble Valley nominated this year. Open to all businesses in the health, beauty and wellbeing sector.

This award is sponsored by Pure Perfection Beauty

Hospitality Business

The winner of this award will be the best hospitality business in Ribble Valley nominated this year. Open to all businesses who serve drinks and/or food to be consumed on-site. 

Sponsored by Mantle Packaging Machinery Ltd

Mantle Packaging

 

 

Independent Retailer

The winner of this award will be the best independent retailer nominated this year. Open to all businesses who operate traditional retail outlet(s) or sell directly to the consumer online, or via direct mail, farmers markets, etc.

Sponsored by Empress Fencing

Large Business

The winner of this award will be the most successful and sustainable Ribble Valley based large business nominated this year. Open to businesses with a turnover of £1m or over. 

Sponsored by Forbes Solicitors

Made in Ribble Valley

The winner of this award will be the best product or service which has been Made or created in the Ribble Valley. Open to all businesses regardless of time they have traded.

Sponsored by Printed Cup Company

Medium Business

The winner of this award will be the most successful and sustainable medium Ribble Valley business nominated this year. Open to businesses with a turnover of between £250k to £1m. 

Sponsored by NORI HR & Employment Law

Micro Business

The winner of this award will be the most successful and sustainable Ribble Valley based microbusiness nominated this year. Open to businesses with 2 to 5 employees and a turnover of less than £50k.

Sponsored by BEK Enviro

New Business

The winner of this award will be a new Ribble Valley based business that has been the most successful start-up. Open to new businesses which started trading on, or after, 1 September 2020.

Sponsored by Silverwoods Waste Management

Not For Profit

The winner of this award will be a nominated Ribble Valley based not for profit business or social enterprise that has, in the opinion of the judging panel, implemented and used innovative practices and approaches to meet community and public service objectives in the last year.

Sponsored by Community Foundation for Lancashire

Small Business

The winner of this award will be the most successful and sustainable Ribble Valley based small business nominated this year. Open to businesses with employees and a turnover of £50k to £249k.

Sponsored by Harrison Drury Solicitors

Social Media Champion

NEW FOR 2022 – The winner of this award will be the Ribble Valley business that is making the best use of social media to create awareness and attract customers, and engage with their followers.

Sponsored by Wardrobe by Simone

Sole Trader

The winner of this award will be the most successful and sustainable Ribble Valley business with only 1 person in the business (the owner) nominated this year. 

Sponsored by Houldsworth Solicitors

Tourism Business

The winner of this award will be the best Ribble Valley based attraction, experience, accommodation provider, event or business associated with the tourism or leisure sector nominated this year.

Sponsored by Inch Perfect Trials

Workforce Development

The winner of this award will be the Ribble Valley organisation that has best demonstrated a commitment to developing their workforce. 

Sponsored by Nelson & Colne College Group

Thank you to our 2022 Award & Ceremony Sponsors