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Having been shortlisted following a rigorous application and judging process, young business people in Lancashire celebrated their achievements recently at the Sub36 Awards virtual ceremony. Organised by Lancashire Business View, the awards are designed to honour the county’s most influential, innovative and inspiring young men and women in business under the age of 36. 
Taking place via Zoom, the ceremony saw appearances from a number of special guest speakers, and winners across 14 categories were revealed on the night. 
Amongst them was Lolli Molyneux-Dixon a local creative writer, editor of LOLLIPOP magazine, and copywriter at Root Fifty Two marketing agency in Burnley who was announced as winner of the Creative Award. 
Impressed by Lolli’s portfolio and her creative output, in their feedback the judges said they had been bowled over by her dedication and drive to succeed in all aspects of her work. 
“When they announced me as the winner and my name flashed up on the screen, I was over the moon!” said Lolli, aged 24. “It was a huge surprise to win this year, as the competition was tough and the other candidates were all really strong, so I’d been very careful not to get my hopes up! I think being a finalist in itself is a huge accomplishment, especially with this year being what it is – to be shortlisted for an award such as this is a big win in itself!”

For Lancashire Day 2020 Marketing Lancashire invited the county to share thank-you photo messages and virtual hug videos, in a year that has challenged and affected us all. People across the county and beyond responded in their thousands and the hashtag #LancashireDay reached out to a record-breaking 147million people in 846 different locations around the world. From the USA and Canada to the United Arab Emirates and Australia, messages wishing a ‘Happy Lancashire Day’ filled the Marketing Lancashire social media channels and were shared, liked and retweeted to millions more.
Rachel McQueen, Chief Executive of Marketing Lancashire, said: “Each year we try and build on the previous Lancashire Day campaign and encourage others to create their own events and activities, to increase the spotlight on our county’s incredible accomplishments and hospitality. This year, we chose to focus on sending virtual hugs and thanks, and we are delighted that this struck a chord with so many of our fellow Lancastrians. I’d like to give my particular thanks to our partners who generously supplied so many wonderful prizes, especially during such a tough time for them.”

Small community-based businesses locally will be given the opportunity to be crowned champion of their town or the whole of Lancashire in 2021 following the launch of an exciting awards programme. The Town & County Business Champions 2021 Awards have been launched to highlight the achievements of the UK’s very best micro and small businesses who are keeping community spirit alive in their local area. The awards are aimed at any businesses with up to 50 employees. Now open, the awards will culminate with five regional finals in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Northern England and Southern England.
The regional finals will produce champions at both town and county levels and businesses will only be in competition with other firms from their area.

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