Mar 16, 2010 General News
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Pendlewood is celebrating arguably our greatest achievement to date, as we defeated hundreds of competitors from across the North West to be named Small Business of the Year at a prestigious awards ceremony!
The surprise accolade came at the highly respected BIBA’s (Be Inspired Business Awards), described as the “Oscars of the business world for the North West”. Pendlewood were crowned winners at a glitzy black-tie ceremony at the Globe Theatre in Blackpool, in front of nearly 1,000 guests and fellow nominees. In winning the award, we had to beat off competition from some of the Lancashire’s most successful businesses to win the trophy, described by BIBA’s Chief Executive Babs Murphy as “the one they all want to win”.
Following the ceremony our Managing Director and company founder, Alan Pendlewood, dedicated the award to our wonderfully loyal customers, who have made this possible. A delighted Alan beamed: “This is a sensational achievement for us to receive and I am humbled to accept it. Without the amazing support of every one of our customers this would never have been possible. It is their feedback, encouragement and backing that has helped us become the successful company we are today and I sincerely hope they continue to help us further as we look to continue this unlikely success story.”
The BIBA’s victory is the latest chapter in a remarkable 15 year journey for Pendlewood, which began with what Alan described as “two men in a garden shed”. Since then the company have grown from strength to strength, managing to not only survive, but thrive in the current recession. The award tops off what has been a terrific 12 months for us. Despite the most severe recession to hit the UK for generations, turnover and sales still managed to hit record highs, and were around 20% up on the previous year’s results. In fact, over a 3 year period, the company has shown growth of a massive 60%.
Alan was quick to point out that this shows that it is still possible to be a success even in the tough current economic climate. He commented: “I think it just shows what can be achieved with hard work and a positive outlook. Attending these fabulous awards really showed me that there are some fantastic business achievements going on in Lancashire despite the tough times and I just hope this can inspire other businesses in West Lancashire and hopefully we can all move the local economy forward. It was an honour to be nominated alongside some of these businesses, so to actually win is as humbling as it is exciting.”
Alan was also quick to praise staff – both past and present. He remarked: “My sincere thanks go to all of the current staff and also anyone who has worked here in the past. They have all contributed in their own way, so it was an honour to accept the award on their behalf.”
Babs Murphy, BIBA’s Chief Executive said; “The calibre of entrants this year was exceptionally high and all finalists displayed success, talent and inspiration. The winners are shining examples of what can be achieved by people with a real aspiration to improve their business and significantly contribute to the local economy.”
Check out www.thebibas.co.uk for full details of what was an amazing night!