Lancashire’s manufacturing industry has what it takes to rise above the economic storm, according to a business leader.

Carole Myers, Managing Director at Conception Marketing, said the county’s manufacturers had a strong track record of delivering growth by pushing the boundaries and backed it to do this again.

The latest Lancashire Economic Survey showed many measures against the industry, including domestic and export sales and order balances, were at a four-year low.

Conception Marketing is sponsoring the Manufacturer of the Year category at the Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, which is open for applications for 18 prizes.

Carole Myers said: “It is Lancashire which gave the world the Industrial Revolution and you only have to look around at manufacturers large, medium-sized and small today to see that pioneering spirit is still with us.

“Conception Marketing specialises in working with engineering, manufacturing and technology businesses and we see this type of innovative thinking and determination to succeed on a daily basis.

“What I believe is required is for everyone to push towards a more a business environment more conducive to rebalancing our economy, not one where more burdens are placed on manufacturers.”

The manufacturing industry is responsible for nearly £4 billion generated by the Lancashire economy and almost 100,000 jobs in the county, including aerospace, food and agriculture, and fabricated metal products.

The Lancashire Economic Survey, compiled by chartered accountants and business advisers, Moore and Smalley, surveyed members of Lancashire’s three Chambers of Commerce.

The North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce is the organiser of the BIBAs which has categories which is open for applications until its deadline on Friday, April 8.

Scorpion Automotive, the Chorley-based automotive security manufacturer, won the Manufacturer of the Year category at last year’s BIBAs.

In 2015, Lytham-based accountancy firm Danbro was named the Business of the Year when the BIBAs handed out its prizes in front of a sell-out crowd at the Blackpool Tower in September.

Social enterprise Jobs Friends and Houses CIC, which works with ex-offenders, won its Most Inspiring Business of the Year prize and individual prizes went to Phil Lawson of Skelmersdale’s Virtue Technologies who won Entrepreneur of the Year and Louise Wilkinson, who runs Nelson-based Lomeshaye Village Day Nursery, who was named Business Woman of the Year.