BURNLEY-BASED Pipeline Induction Heat (PIH) has been recognised for its 30-year presence in the town.

It was given the Long Standing Contribution to Burnley award by Burnley Council leader, Cllr Mark Townsend and chief executive Mick Cartledge.

Cllr Mark Townsend said: "This company is definitely a hidden gem.

"You might expect to find specialists in oil and gas pipeline coating technologies in the US, Russia or China, and surprised to hear that one of the world's largest pipeline 'field joint coating' contractors is based in Burnley.

"We are delighted PIH has its world class manufacturing, test, research an development and demonstration facility in one of Burnley's most established flagship business parks, from where it supports the global pipeline industry.

"This is another fantastic example of the range of world class businesses we have based in the town creating highly skilled jobs."