BEHIND the scenes of Hyndburn Business Awards there are a number of small companies and sole traders that make the night a glittering occasion. When the nominees enter the superb Accrington Town Hall ballroom Paul Coppack, owner of Shooters Media, based in Oswaldtwistle, have already set the scene with a professional backdrop on the centre stage. He said: “This year will be the fourth time that we have been videoing the awards and then creating a short video to celebrate the actual event itself. We also do the projections and all the titles with details of the sponsors and the winners. We also provide the music to accompany the awards and we want to provide a professional event. We are proud to be a part of the awards and I have a lot of respect for Rob and Val Carder. I believe that Hyndburn needs these awards as like Rossendale there is a connection between businesses.”

The logo, programme and certificates are produced by print sponsor Ellison Printers from Rishton.
Partner and general manager Jane Caunce said: “Rob approached us about the awards when they were just an idea and we took it from there. As well as being print sponsor, we also won the Creative Business trophy in 2016 and are finalists again this year. I love these awards because it is such a good night, it is relaxed, friendly and professional and showcases the best of Hyndburn businesses. I really like how all the businesses are rooting for each other and the room is full of enthusiasm and positivity.”

Skilled glass engraver Alexis Valentine from Walking on Glass has been creating the top trophy for Rossendale Business Awards since 2014 and last year was invited to create the Beacon award for Hyndburn. When he was made redundant from his previous career of denture making in 2013, Alexis realised he could use his drill skills for glass engraving. He said: “I like producing the awards because it gets my name out there. I work with the award logo and create three different sides to the trophy.”

Other award winners receive an acrylic trophy, which was designed by a student from Hollins Technical College student Isaac Bradshaw and the simple and elegant trophies are produced by the college.

Capturing the events as they unfold and those winning pictures is professional photographer Liz Hall from Liz Henson Photography. She said: “I have been providing photography for local business awards since 2011 and it is good to be able to reward those large, medium and small businesses that make Lancashire the thriving community that it is. When you are in business it is always important to have the right image and I am delighted that the business awards realise the value in employing a professional photographer to capture the night with the right pictures. It is also an excellent networking occasion and an opportunity for me to showcase my talents.”

And the news articles, including this piece, are written by Catherine Smyth Media.