When Philip McIvor stood on stage to accept his Lancastrian of the Year award at the 2011 BIBAs, he told the audience he and his wife, Dorothy, had been in business 50 years.
He joked: “We are started out with nothing, and now we’ve got twice as much!”
However, the founder of Farmhouse Biscuits, the Pendle-based food firm which sells its hand-made products around the globe, certainly did not pick up the awards’ lifetime achievement prize for nothing.
He told the audience: “Along the way, we have picked up a fantastic team of people at Farmhouse Biscuits, some of which have been with us more than 30 years.
“They are the ones who do it now, I am semi-retired. This award is fantastic.”
Babs Murphy, chief executive of awards organisers, the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, described the winner as “a true gentleman, humble and respected by all who know him.”