County’s business and commerce celebrated as Lancaster firms win honours

The Connect 2 Cleanrooms team enjoy their double award victories.
The Connect 2 Cleanrooms team enjoy their double award victories.

Blossoming Lancaster companies were recognised for their success as they scooped top accolades at the Red Rose Awards.

More than 1,100 directors, managers and staff were at the Empress Ballroom event in Blackpool to celebrate Lancashire business, commerce and industry.

Halton-based Connect 2 Cleanrooms scored a double whammy, winning both the engineering and medium business of the year awards.

Joe Govier, managing director of the firm, which designs and manufactures hard and soft wall cleanrooms for critical environments, said: “It came as a massive surprise to win both awards - we had barely got back to our seats when we were called up again.

“I was really pleased for the team, both those who attended and the rest of the team at home watching the Twitter feeds.”

The innovative company, which now employs 26 people, has enjoyed sales increases every year since launching 12 years ago.

It relocated from Kirkby Lonsdale to its 10,000 square feet Forge Lane site in December and ships specialist equipment across the UK and globally.

Bosses are confident of more success with new technologies set to increase the cleanroom market.

Other businesses celebrating success on Thursday were FGH Security, which scooped the commitment to skills award, SEO 24/7, which was named marketing business of the year, and Harrison Drury, which picked up the legal team of the year gong. It has offices in Lancaster and Garstang.

Judges said White Cross-based FGH, which employs door supervisors at night venues and security at large-scale events, showed “passion and enthusiasm to training” and a “commitment to the long-term unemployed and young people”.

They were also impressed with internet marketing agency SEO 24/7 Ltd, which works out of InfoLab21 at Lancaster University, praising its “impressive turnover and profit for a young company” and said it led by example with an “honest and realistic approach”.