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UCLan business support service wins regional award

27 July 2015

Lyndsey Boardman

Northern Lights team named Best Business Enabler of the Year

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has been recognised for its business mentoring services at an annual awards ceremony.

The Northern Lights Business Incubation Unit was awarded the title of Best Business Enabler of the Year at this year’s Lancashire Business Awards (LBA), hosted by Downtown in Business, beating off competition from five other shortlisted businesses.

Celebrating the best in Lancashire, 21 trophies were presented overall at the Lancashire-wide event that celebrates the county’s brightest companies and individuals.

Northern Lights Business Incubation Manager Peter Rawling commented: “We are delighted to have been acknowledged for our work in this area. It is testament to the hard work and dedication of the Northern Lights team members who work closely with our start-up businesses to nurture and develop them.

“It is testament to the hard work and dedication of the Northern Lights team members who work closely with our start-up businesses to nurture and develop them.”

“The University has an excellent reputation for enterprise support and training through its Northern Lights programme. UCLan continues to excel in graduate start-up activities; it is still the leading UK university for the number of start-ups still active after three years with an increase of 14% according to the latest Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey (HEBCIS).”

Frank McKenna, chief executive at Downtown in Business, said: “Congratulations to all the winners and nominees who attended the awards. It’s fantastic to celebrate the hard working companies in Lancashire each year and see the level of support they have for each other.

“This year’s LBA has had a great response and is very popular with Lancashire businesses, something we are very proud of here are at Downtown.”

The Northern Lights team was also shortlisted for the Best Social Media Presence of the Year Award. The black tie event was held at the Mercure Dunkenhalgh Hotel in Blackburn.