Britain is experiencing a boom in creative entrepreneurship, according to one of Lancashire’s leading creative businesses.
Mark Oulson-Jenkins, executive producer at East Lancashire-based RTR TV, said research was showing the creative sector was out-performing others in terms of the number of new firms being set up and jobs being created.
The study by Nesta, in partnership with the Creative Industries Council, showed creative industries employment had grown by an average of 11 per cent and was on target to create up to 1,000 jobs a week.
RTR TV is sponsoring the Creative Business of the Year award at this year’s Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, which is open for applications for its 18 prize categories.
Mr Oulson-Jenkins said: “The creative industries are a very broad church, stretching from architectural agencies through to film and advertising businesses, and the number of highly skilled jobs the sector is creating is booming.
“There are some great people out there with fantastic ideas to set up businesses and we have to do all we can to encourage these entrepreneurs to keep on growing and benefiting our economy.
“The BIBAs is a great way to throw the spotlight on the achievements of these businesses and that is one reason why RTR TV is delighted to be supporting these awards again this year.”
The 2018 awards opened for applications earlier this month with 18 prizes up for grabs at the awards ceremony in September.
In 2017, the winners of the Business of the Year category, Burnley-based refrigerated vehicle specialist, CoolKit, also collected the Manufacturer of the Year award, while Preston-based Sunshine Events also winning two categories, Employer of the Year and Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility.
Fox Brothers, which is headquartered in Poulton-le-Fylde, was the winner of the Construction Business of the Year, with Blackburn non-profit making body, Community and Business Partners, winning the Third Sector of the Year category.
For full details of the awards up for grabs at the BIBAs 2018, visit its official website at www.thebibas.co.uk.