The inaugural Hyndburn Business Awards has already been a resounding success with over 200 nominations for more than 100 local businesses.

Organisers are delighted with the response and judges will now face a difficult decision to determine who will win the 16 awards.

A prestigious ceremony will be held in Accrington Town Hall on June 14 when caterers from AccRoss College will provide food for the finalists, sponsors and judges. The Performance Academy will be providing the interval entertainment.

Enterprising People is organising the awards in partnership with Love Local Networking.

Rob Carder, from Enterprising People, has been involved in organising Rossendale Business Awards for six years and Ribble Valley Business Awards for the past two years.

He said: “Hyndburn Business Awards has been great and the response we have received has been beyond the expectations of the organisers.

“I am really looking forward to receiving the entries and they need to be submitted by Friday, May 6.”

Each team of judges includes a representative from the award sponsor. Initially each judge will individually assess all the entries in their category and select their top three. These will be collated to determine the finalists.

Judges will then meet up to determine the winner of the trophy for each category and what entries are worthy of a highly commended certificate. This year Hyndburn schools have been challenged to come up with a creative trophy and the winning design will be selected later this month and then produced by the school.

In total organisers received over 200 nominations: 120 different businesses were nominated for the Stonehouse Logic Award, of which 40 were nominated by their customers for the Customer Friendly Business Award and a further 11 people and associations were nominated for the Enterprising Person Category, which will be presented by a representative from the Accrington Observer.

Once nominated for the Stonehouse Logic Award, the business can then decide which category or categories they want to put themselves forward for.

Rob added: “Thank you to everyone who has taken the time and trouble to nominate a business or person for the awards. I would now urge those businesses that have been nominated to get their nomination forms filled in and returned.

“I look forward to seeing a packed town hall for the awards evening.”

Hyndburn Business Awards has its own Facebook page, Twitter account HyndburnAwards and website .

For more information contact Rob on 07890 715682 or email