A Blackburn entrepreneur was victorious at the Greater Manchester Business Awards.

Lee Chambers, entrepreneur and Wilpshire based psychologist, set up his business Essentialise Workplace Wellbeing 18-months ago.

Despite this, they were fortunate enough to be selected as winners by the judges in the category Small Business of the Year.

Founder of Essentialise Workplace Wellbeing, Lee Chambers said: "Joining so many outstanding local companies at a glamourous venue was an occasion I'll never forget.

“I went in with realistic expectations given the tough competition I was up against, so to win was even more special. When I went to collect the trophy, the compare Paul Crone said to me that my face was one of shock and disbelief!

"This award is not so much of a reward for us but more a way to celebrate of all those who've been willing to support a wellbeing company that goes against the grain, from our clients to our collaborators, and those who've provided support, guidance and encouragement on what has been a challenging journey since we launched 18 months ago.”

The judges were headed up by Andy Preston, International sales coach and motivational speaker.

Supporting Andy was Paul Mirage, co-owner and director of GM Business Connect; Heather Baker, founder of Baker Thompson Associates and a Prince's Trust business mentor; Gavin Redman, business Development Partner at Express Solicitors; and Carole Fossey, founder of Leading Women in Business and The Social Media Mentor.

Essentialise Workplace Wellbeing, which is based in Preston, helps a range of Lancashire businesses with coaching, wellbeing and resilience with no cost attached, thanks to the Peer Networks programme, funded through Boost Lancashire.