Helping start-up businesses to flourish in Lancashire should be a key vow of the General Election campaign, according to one Lancashire businessman.

Lee Petts, managing director of Remsol, said that new firms were the lifeblood of a thriving economy yet had been barely mentioned by any of the major parties with just a week remaining until polling day.

Remsol has just signed up to sponsor the New Business of the Year category at one of Lancashire’s leading business awards, the Be Inspired Business Awards.

The awards, known as the BIBAs, has received hundreds of applications from businesses across the county and will unveil the shortlists for its 18 prize categories next Tuesday.

Mr Petts said: “There are many ingredients which go in to a healthy economy and a business-friendly tax and legislative system, thriving industry and a pipeline of skilled people are all among them.

“But, I believe that ensuring we have a flow of new businesses in to our economy is equally important; it is these businesses led by bright, enthusiastic, creative people packed.

“We rely on these fledgling firms to create new industries in the future which will generate the jobs and investment we require.”