Well, what a night!
In the foyer of our hotel I met one of the judges (not from our category) who advised me that based on previous years, the evening would prove to be entertaining. It was my first time here (having joined AFS in April 2018) and I was looking forward to the evening and planned on enjoying the experience- regardless of the outcome!
The Red Rose Awards, now in their ninth year, were held at Blackpool’s iconic Winter Gardens and played out in front of an audience of more than 1,000 business owners, employees and public sector figures. The venue was spectacular and we were treated to locally-sourced entertainment from local talent Gravity Live, DFC Lancashire and Funtime Frankie’s with fine food by Lancashire Business View’s long-standing catering partners.
The evening proved to be a success and we proudly walked away with an award for Financial Services Award with Judges comments: “This is a people-focused business that is disrupting the financial services market through its innovative franchisee model. A community spirit pervades and growth has been rapid.”
Richard Slater, publisher of Lancashire Business View magazine which hosts the Red Rose Awards, said: “The Red Rose Awards has been yet another fantastic showcase of the incredible businesses and the work they do right here in Lancashire.
“This is the ninth time we have hosted the awards and we continue to unearth ‘hidden gems’. This awards ceremony is our chance to shine a spotlight on these companies – as much as the familiar names – so that everyone throughout the county, and beyond, can celebrate their great work.”
Richard added: “The ultimate aim of the Red Rose Awards is to prove that you can – and should – buy everything you need right here in Lancashire. And anyone who was there on the night, or who has read through the list of winners and finalists, will be convinced this is true.”
Our Group Operations Director Justin Ford had this to say on the award, “I’m absolutely overwhelmed and delighted about winning this award as we were up against some strong competition. It represents huge recognition for the entire AFS Group, especially to all our amazingly brilliant staff! Well done to everyone involved in organising such a terrific event and of course congratulations to the all the other Red Rose Award winners!”
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Words by Nicole Owen