Entries invited for awards ceremony celebrating the best of The Bay

By Adam Bysouth


Online entries have officially opened for the first ‘Bay Living Awards’ which are organised by The Bay Radio station, in conjunction with Bay Living Magazine, and with sponsorship from Electricity North West.

A total of 24 categories are open with the winners to be announced at an awards dinner and party at Lancaster University’s Great Hall on Thursday 7th September, hosted by The Bay’s Danny Matthews.

Local businesses and organisations are also being invited to get behind the awards initiative as Associate or Category Sponsors.

Bill Johnston, Managing Director of The Bay commented: “The Bay Living Awards will showcase the very best that businesses and their people have to offer the local community, our listeners and readers across The Bay area of North Lancashire and South Cumbria.

"This is the first awards initiative of its type in the region and the focus of the categories will ensure that the best local businesses at the very heart of our community will be recognised.

"The Bay Living Awards is all about the people, places and businesses that make this area so great.”

From Best Customer Service to Best Restaurant, from Best Hair Salon to Best Local Charity, The Bay Living Awards will recognise and celebrate the best of The Bay and are being backed by launch Associate Sponsor, Electricity North West, who are also sponsoring the ‘Innovation Award.’

Martin Deehan, Operations Director, of Electricity North West commented: “As the region’s power network operator, our role goes beyond keeping the lights on across the North West.

"We are committed to serving the wonderful and passionate community of North Lancashire and South Cumbria in which many of our people work and live.

"We are proud that it is our network that connects communities and supports the success of local people and businesses which is why we’re delighted to be involved in the very first Bay Living Awards to help celebrate the best of The Bay."

Other high profile sponsors have also seized the opportunity that The Bay Living Awards presents to for local community including Holdens Solicitors, Wilsons Fresh Produce, Lancaster & District Chamber of Commerce and Lancaster City Council.

City Council Chief Executive Susan Parsonage commented: “As a sponsor of the Bay Living Awards, Lancaster City Council is delighted to be part of an initiative which celebrates the accomplishments of businesses within the bay area.

"I am looking forward to hearing the stories that the nominees will be sharing about their own personal journeys along the road to success.”

The Bay Living Awards evening and party on 7th September will be hosted by The Bay’s Breakfast’s, Danny Matthews, whose weekday morning show has more listeners than all BBC and commercial local/national stations in the market place.

The evening will also feature lots of surprises together with live entertainment from popular local party band, ‘Sold to The Sky.’

Mr Mathews said: “The Bay Living Awards are a fantastic opportunity for so many different types of businesses, from grass roots upwards, to see their successes recognised.

“I am really looking forward to hosting it and to seeing everyone on 7th September.”

The Bay Living Awards offers a wide range of sponsorship opportunities and is the perfect way for local organisations to introduce themselves to some of the key players and stakeholders within the vibrant and varied business communities of Morecambe Bay.

As well as significant exposure on air, online and in print, sponsors will have the chance to present an award in one of the categories, as well as entertaining colleagues and clients at the award ceremony.

Closing date for online entries is 5pm on 30th June.

Entry for all 24 categories is free to local organisations and businesses. In addition, people can enter as many categories as they want.

The 24 Bay Living Award categories are:

Best small Independent Retailer

Best large Independent Retailer

Best customer service

Best professional Service

Best business Team

Best boss

Best celebration venue

Best health and fitness centre

Best hair salon

Best beauty business

Best arts/entertainment venue

Best coffee shop/café

Best country pub

Best town/city pub or bar

Best restaurant

Best place to stay (hotel or B&B)

The innovation award

The entrepreneur award

Best visitor attraction or event

Employee of the year

Best use of creativity

Best community focus /Social Action

Best local charity

Apprentice of the year

Judges for The Bay Living Awards have been confirmed as:

Bill Johnston, The Bay, launch chair of judging panel

Phil Collier - Barrow FSB/BID manager

Simon Craig - Barrow BID Chair and M&S manager

Paul Cusimano - Lancaster BID Chair

Lynn Ison - Marketgate Shopping Centre and Lancaster BID

John O'Neil - Morecambe BID manager

Vicky Lofthouse – Lancaster District Chamber of Commerce

Chris Nelson- Ulverston BID and/Trafalgar PR

Daniel Morley - Kendal BID Chair and Beales Store Director

Nick Hood – Chair Lakes Hospitality Association

Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 4:13PM
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