Budding entrepreneurs have been handed cash prizes after an initiative launched by a well-known Hyndburn businessman.
Former Accrington Stanley chairman Ilyas Khan made the donations at Accrington and Rossendale College to three entrepreneurs looking to start up or improve their own businesses.
Mr Khan, who previously studied at the college, had announced he would be donating cash sums to the best business proposals at the launch of the Stanhill Enterprise Academy event last year.
The prizes were aimed at helping to support aspiring entrepreneurs bring their business ideas to fruition.
After a series of interviews, three business proposals were identified as worthy of funding.
The winners were invited to the college to collect their prizes from Mr Khan’s associates, Idris Khan and Farzana Gul.
In first place was Sarah Hardy, who studied OCN Start and Run at Business Level Two at the college.
She is in the process of setting up her business.
“This generous contribution is going to allow me to start up. I am honestly stunned,” she said.
“The course I studied at Accrington and Rossendale College really has allowed me to grow and do the things I’m able to do.”
Second place went to Wendy Cole, who manages Aroma, an Accrington coffee shop which provides resources for the local community.
She said: “The money will be re-invested. We aim to provide more courses and classes to the community.”
Gary Taylor, who set up Great Mosaic, a recording studio aimed at developing local talent, was placed third.
He said: “This generous contribution will allow me to improve my facilities.
“Hopefully I will be able to increase the output of upcoming local talent.”