The cream of Burnley businesses of all shapes and sizes were celebrated at the 10th Burnley Business Awards.
A huge marquee was set up in the grounds of Towneley Hall for the glitzy ceremony which recognises the outstanding achievement at home and abroad of Burnley companies.
And VEKA UK was again crowned “Business of the Year”, an honour it secured at the last awards two years ago.
The event, organised by Burnley Borough Council, saw new chief executive Pam Smith highlight the importance of business to the prosperity of the borough.
She said: “I’ve been blown away with the passion and warmth of the Burnley people and our Burnley businesses since I started as chief executive.
“The council recognises that the success of our businesses very much impacts on the success of the town and we organise this event to acknowledge and celebrate your hard work and achievements, and your commitment to Burnley.
“Burnley is changing - and at the heart of this change are our businesses who fuel the local economy.”
Entertainment was provided by Burnley Basics Junior Theatre company.
In presenting the award to VEKA, Carl Wheeler of prize sponsors Paradigm, said: “Their growth and commitment to Burnley is second to none. They are proud to be a huge part of Burnley’s manufacturing heritage, and wonderful ambassadors for Burnley and its workforce.”
See Friday’s Express for a bumper supplement with pictures and all the prize winners.