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NATIONAL BUSINESS AWARDS
The National Business Women’s Awards have returned for a second year, ready to celebrate women in business. This year five new categories have been introduced. The entrants in the Northern England Business Woman of the Year category will possess qualities such as entrepreneurial drive, leadership and passion, whilst demonstrating significant achievements and contribution within their industry. Suzy Wood, Charity Ambassador, said: “These awards are an opportunity to recognise women in business, as there are some really powerful women out there, doing amazing things.” There are 21 categories and candidates can enter up to three. Entries close 5th September.
To view a full list of categories go to: www.nbwawards.co.uk

JUST THE TONIC!
Goosnargh Gin is celebrating after being named one of the best gins in the world.
Run by husband and wife team Richard and Rachel Trenchard, Goosnargh Gin launched its first gin in October, yet it has been awarded a Gold for its Chapter One – Signature Gin in the International Wines and Spirits Competition (IWSC). Nearly 800 gins from across the globe entered the prestigious awards, with only a handful awarded Gold by the IWSC.
Wines and spirits are judged blind by expert panels, selected from more than 400 fully experienced and qualified industry judges, and Gold medal winning spirits are re-tasted by spirit judging committees for final endorsement. Goosargh Gin’s Chapter One – Signature Gin, distilled at the couple’s home at the base of Beacon Fell in the Forest of Bowland, gained 95 out of a possible 100 points. Rachel said: “We’re over the moon with this award. To have received an award from the IWSC is something we are extremely happy about.”
Richard added: “We are so proud to have put our small batch micro-distillery in the Forest of Bowland on the world gin map.”

TOURISM SUPERSTAR ​
As part of this year’s Lancashire Tourism Awards, Marketing Lancashire has launched the search for Lancashire’s Tourism Superstar 2019. The award for Tourism Superstar recognises people working in the industry who go above and beyond to make sure visitors to Lancashire have an unforgettable experience. It is the only Lancashire Tourism Award that is decided by the public via an online vote. Former winners include Simon Entwistle (pictured) of Top Hat Tours, who took the award last year. Rachel McQueen, Chief Executive of Marketing Lancashire said: “We are looking for those individuals who make a huge difference to the experience of the 67 million visitors who come to Lancashire each year. If you know of an individual who makes a significant contribution to the success of Lancashire’s visitor economy, whether that’s through impeccable customer service, bringing to life the county’s fascinating history or by sharing stories of the county’s people and places with the wider world, make sure you nominate them for Lancashire’s Tourism Superstar.”
The public are invited to submit their nominations via the short online nomination form by 9th September.
Go to: www.lancashiretourismawards.com

AMBASSADORS SET A COURSE FOR SUCCESS ​
Marketing Lancashire held the inaugural event for founding Lancashire Ambassadors to set a course for their new initiative, which will see leading business voices working together to amplify the county’s economic successes and enhance the profile and reputation of Lancashire as a place to live, visit, work, study and invest. Hosted by Rachel McQueen, Chief Executive of Marketing Lancashire, the group met at the Seafood Pub Company’s Assheton Arms in Downham, where they enjoyed a Lancashire dinner created by Taste Lancashire Ambassador Chef, Mark Taft. The inaugural Lancashire Ambassadors are BAE Systems, Barnfield Construction, Blackburn Rovers FC, Booths, Conlon Construction, Forbes Solicitors, Panaz, Scorpion Automotive and VEKA UK Group. During the event, the ambassadors had a wide-ranging and frank discussion about the opportunities and challenges they face in their sectors, the diversity of the Lancashire identity, infrastructure, skills and retention and the fast-moving digital landscape.

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