East Lancashire businesses will have the opportunity to be awarded for their hard work, following a particularly challenging two years.

The Hive Blackburn and Darwen Business Awards are officially back to celebrate the very best in business across the borough.

The awards are a chance to truly appreciate the inspirational work and impact businesses and individuals have on the community.

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Owners of luxury fragrance shop, Delilah Chloe, received an award last year and shared how much the recognition meant to them.

Kirsty and Carl Elmer said: “Being a finalist at the HIVE Awards was such a wonderful experience for our small business and to eventually go and win the New Business of the Year Award on the big night was truly amazing.

“Since winning at the HIVE it’s opened up so many exciting new opportunities for us as a business. Helping us to secure a big distribution deal and allowing for us to start our exporting journey.

"The prestige of now being an award-winning brand has really allowed for these opportunities to come through.

“Being a part of the HIVE Awards really does make you feel part of a wider community and to be part of celebrating the success of so many Blackburn businesses is just an absolute honour.”

There are 23 different awards up for grabs including, The Retail Business Award, The Family Business Award and The Manufacturing Excellence Award – more than enough to properly honour the diverse assortment of businesses in the area.

Ian Brown, chairman of the Hive Ambassadors Network that runs the awards, said past winners have seen a ‘huge boost in awareness and growth’ as a result of picking up a Hive business award.

He said: “It’s a huge honour to mark a decade of these awards and I am delighted to say that entries are now open.  It’s been a phenomenal ten years and we promise to make this year’s awards even bigger and better to mark such a key milestone.

“This year we are hoping for even more entries from across the borough, especially those who haven’t entered before so we can really shine a light on their incredible achievements.”

Deadline for entries is Friday September 9, so businesses have plenty of time to put the spotlight on themselves and submit their entry forms.

The winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony held at King George’s Hall, Blackburn, on Friday November 4.

To find out more information visit www.awards-business-hive.co.uk