The inaugural recipient of the BIBAs’ lifetime achievement prize, Lancastrian of the Year, took businessman Dennis Mendoros a little by surprise.
The 59-year-old, who grew up in the former British colony of Sudan, stepped up in front of an audience of 700 business leaders at the Blackpool Tower to accept the prize admitting he did not know why he was there.
Yet his achievements including setting up his hugely-successful Euravia aerospace business in East Lancashire and playing a crucial role in bodies including Regenerate Pennine Lancashire left the audience in no doubt why he was there.
“I’m lost for words,” he admitted, “this really is a complete surprise.
“I have been so lucky to have worked with so many talented people in my time in Lancashire and this award is as much for them as it is for me.
“Thankyou so much.”