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“It's all about making Lancashire visible and proud.”

May 2021 2021

It is with great delight that we announce that Two Zero is sponsoring the inaugural Scale-up Award category at the Red Rose Awards 2021, the eleventh annual celebration of the Lancashire business community.

Two Zero was founded in 2019 by Lancashire County Council to support leaders of companies aspiring to grow 20% year-on-year.

With 20 categories open for entries, there’s something for all businesses in Lancashire to aim for. The Red Rose Awards celebrates business through sector specific categories, plus categories open to all such as employer of the year, customer service award and the innovation award.

Amin Vepari, Two Zero programme manager shares why they support the Red Rose Awards

RRA: How did (Two Zero) first get involved with the Red Rose Awards?

AV: Two Zero as a brand has been working closely with Lancashire Business View for the last 18 months from its inception to drive messaging and focus on scaling businesses and the value they bring to the local economy. Sponsoring this specific category was a natural evolution from the work we were already doing together and to further recognise and shine a light on the most ambitious businesses in the county.

RRA: What changes have you seen in the Red Rose Awards over the years that you have been involved?

AV: The focus on Lancashire's finest and the diverse range of businesses to be recognised and rewarded for their efforts. The awards constantly evolve and have become a mainstay in the calendar for lots of people. There is also an increased focus on recognising fast-growing businesses including the launch of the Scaleup Award, which is helping to inspire more companies to scale their business and recognise those who have done so.

RRA: What is the most rewarding part of being a sponsor?

AV: Seeing and feeling the stories of the entrants and finalists and how they have overcome challenges and maximised opportunities. Many of these companies have received publicly-funded business growth support during their journey and their success is a great advert for how this support can be part of their success.

RRA: How do you feel that the Red Rose Awards benefit Lancashire?

AV: It's all about making Lancashire visible and proud. The awards recognise and reward this county’s amazing business achievements and bring the whole Lancashire business community together to celebrate.

RRA: How do you feel that your involvement with the Red Rose Awards benefits Two Zero?

AV: It further drives the message for businesses to aspire, be ambitious and focus on scaling. It also helps more businesses understand what scaling a business means, how it can be achieved, and the support available within Lancashire to help businesses achieve their goals.

RRA: Do you have any words of advice for businesses who may be considering entering this year?

AV: Invest the time, recognise your achievements and be proud.

Since the awards were launched in 2011, it has steadily grown and become the centrepiece attraction for the business community.

Businesses interested in entering the awards have until August 20 to submit their entry forms. The finalists will be announced on September 10, and they will then be given the opportunity to put their best case to the judges on September 22 and 23. 

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The headline sponsors for Red Rose Awards 2021 are Forbes Solicitors and Barclays.

The awards are also sponsored by Azets UK, Business Health Matters, Cube Thinking, Eventus Recruitment Group, Four Recruitment, Harrison Drury Solicitors, Mattioli Woods, Napthens Solicitors, Peter Scott Printers, PM+M, Porsche Centre Bolton, Rowan, Sales Geek, Seriun, Sundown Solutions, Two Zero and The University of Central Lancashire. The charity partner is Community Foundation for Lancashire.

Posted: 27th May 2021
Categories: 2021

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