The deadline for entries to the Sub36 Awards is less than a week away, giving businesses just a few days left to nominate their best young talent.

Last entries will be accepted at midnight on Monday, September 3, for the awards which celebrate Lancashire’s exciting business prospects aged 36 and under.

There are categories for employees, businesses and entrepreneurs ensuring that up-and-comers of all stripes are given their opportunity to shine on the night.

And this year’s competition is proving to be all the more in-demand with  all-new categories, a revamped event more focused on networking, and brand new prizes including a mentoring programme for the winners.

The awards culminate in a spectacular ceremony taking place at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on Thursday, October 18.

Anticipation is growing throughout the red rose county, with a host of new businesses signing on to support the awards, including Blackburn College, Creative Lancashire, Crow Wood and True Bearing IFA.

Claire Shore, senior business development manager at Blackburn College, sponsor of the Leader Award, said: “Nurturing young talents and inspiring young minds is at the heart of Blackburn College’s mission to transform students’ lives and our community, through outstanding education, training and support. We are proud to sponsor the awards and recognise the achievements of those set to be nominated.”

Ed Matthews-Gentle, senior projects officer at Creative Lancashire, sponsor of the Creative Award, said: “The Sub36 Creative Award, introduced for the first time in 2018, will highlight the best young and emerging creative talent of the region and some of the ways they are working with businesses to conceive exciting and innovative solutions and services for clients here in Lancashire and beyond.”

Oliver Brown, director of Crow Wood, sponsor of the Winners Reception, said: “We are delighted to be the venue sponsor for the winners/meet the mentor event. We are happy to help recognise those employees and entrepreneurs who are nearer the start of their career but are showing great enthusiasm to learn and help make a real difference to their business.”

George Critchley, chairman of True Bearing, sponsor of the Young Lancastrian Award, said: “We are sponsoring the Sub36 Awards for the first time and this particular award fits with the ethos of our firm – a Lancashire business, servicing the Lancashire area, which gives back to the community it serves through CSR.

“This award is a great opportunity for young people to showcase their business success and at the same time, share their community spirit in helping Lancashire to become a better place. Good luck to all this year’s entrants.”

The new sponsors join Fat Media, the headline sponsor of the Sub 36 Awards, Northern Mentoring, the judging partner, and Begbies Traynor, EKM, Empine Group, Lancashire Skills & Employment Hub, Northcote at the Rovers, Winter Gardens Blackpool and With a Twist.