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The 48 finalists in the 2014 E3 Business Awards have been revealed – with 19 of the nominated organisations and individuals based in Lancashire.

The awards, which are organised by Blackburn-based 1 Events Media (1EM), will be presented at an awards dinner on Thursday 18th September 2014 at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton.

1EM managing director Mubarak Chati commented “We were really impressed by the number and calibre of the nominees. Perhaps it’s testament to a recovering economy or just to the relentless ‘can do’ spirit that characterises the North West, but whatever the reason, the quality of entrants has been superb.”

The E3 Awards are designed to recognise successful and innovative businesses from all sections of the North West community. They focus on enterprise, education and employment – the three Es that are so crucial to the growth and stability of the region’s economy.

Tickets for the awards dinner are now available. More details can be found at

The Finalists 2014

New Business Start-Up of the Year:

  • Airborn Academy, Liverpool
  • Degree 53, Manchester
  • MWL Events, Stalybridge
  • Simply Doughnuts, Blackburn

Corporate Social Responsibility Award:

  • Junior Chef’s Academy, Birkenhead
  • Net* Developments, Kendal
  • The Well Being Farm, Bolton
  • UK Container Maintenance, Northwich

Social Enterprise of the Year:

  • Certain Curtain Theatre Company, Preston
  • Bolton FM, Bolton
  • National Forum for Health & Well Being, Preston
  • The Blair Project, Manchester

Skills, Education & Training Award:

  • Dee Mac Childcare, Stalybridge
  • Lance Mason Solicitors, Blackburn
  • Magma Digital, Preston
  • NCC Resources, St Helens

Employer of the Year:

  • Bank View Smile Studios, Blackburn
  • KTG Social Care, Preston
  • NoChintz, Manchester
  • NuBlue, Lancaster

Digital, Creative & Media Award:

  • Chief Online Business Solutions, Manchester
  • CV VID, Blackburn
  • Footsqueak, Chester
  • VB Creative Photography, Preston

Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award:

  • Hannah Warren of Oxygen Personnel, Preston
  • Kasim Javed of Money For Your, Rochdale
  • Michael Tunstall of Cloud4 Computers, Leigh
  • Saira Hussain of Hussain Architectural Design, Burnley

Outstanding Woman in Business:

  • Liz Clarke of Bike Right, Manchester
  • Tracy Mort of Grace Cole, Cheadle
  • Coral Horn of Pink Link Ladies, Blackpool
  • Maggie O’Carroll of The Women’s Organisation, Liverpool

Manufacturing Business of the Year:

  • Editors Keys, Manchester
  • FumeCare Ltd, Formby
  • Powder Systems, Liverpool
  • RemVox Ltd, Preston

High Growth Business of the Year:

  • Asons Solicitors, Bolton
  • Lovania Nurseries Ltd, Preston
  • New Call Telecom, Nelson
  • R-com Consulting, Manchester

International Business of the Year:

  • Advanced Food Safety, Wigan
  • Designer Sofas UK, Blackburn
  • Ronhill/Hilly, Hyde
  • FumeCare Ltd, Formby

Business of the Year:

  • Auction Finance, Cheadle
  • KQF Foods, Blackburn
  • One File, Manchester
  • Text Styles UK Ltd, Colne

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