A SHORTLIST for the Pendle Business Awards 2018 is set to be announced on Tuesday.

Judges are reading through the 78 entries and those chosen will present their case for winning an award when they are visited in May.

The winners will be announced at the sixth Pendle Business Awards on Thursday, July 5 at the Fence Gate Inn, in Fence.

They will receive the coveted Pendle trophy, an elegant glass and metal sculpture inspired by Pendle Hill, designed and made by local company Merc Engineering.

Dennis Mendoros, chairman of Pendle Vision Board said: "We're fortunate in Pendle to have lots of dynamic companies at the cutting edge and world leaders in their field.

"This is a fantastic way for us to celebrate them and get the message out that Pendle is the place to do business."