Venue Scoops a Red Rose Award

Winter Gardens Blackpool has prevailed at Lancashire Business View’s Red Rose Awards, winning the Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Award.

The Red Rose Awards are held in the Empress Ballroom, Winter Gardens Blackpool every year, and play out in front of an audience of more than 1,000 business professionals. This 2022 event saw the awards celebrated for the twelfth time!

Businesses from the length and breadth of the county vied for titles across a range of categories, with only the best of the best, as selected by a panel of expert judges, progressing through to the shortlist and a rigorous interview stage before being rewarded for their excellence.

"It is a fantastic honour to be recognised and testament to the entire team at Winter Gardens Blackpool and the work they undertake each day to deliver a world class event programme, support the local community and maintain our unique venue"

Michael Williams, Winter Gardens Blackpool Managing Director

Hosting over 500 events annually, Winter Gardens Blackpool welcomes more than 1.2 million visitors to events, including the biggest touring theatre, festivals, concerts and world-renowned Dance Festivals. The venue has been leading the resort’s recovery following Covid related restrictions and is set to host one of its busiest ever years with a jam-packed calendar of events including hit shows, Chicago, SIX The Musical, Jersey Boys and many more whilst annual events including Rebellion are set to expand becoming bigger than ever before with an outside Arena on the Tower Festival Headland.

Following Blackpool council’s acquisition of the venue in 2010, Winter Gardens Blackpool has gone from strength to strength, now boasting one of the most exciting live event programmes in the UK. Alongside significant investment which has seen the restoration of the public halls, Spanish Hall, Empress Ballroom and completion of the brand-new £30m Conference and Exhibition Centre officially opened by Prime Minster Boris Johnson in March 2022.

The Red Rose Awards, now in its twelfth year, are very hotly contested, so Winter Gardens Blackpool should be very proud that they have seen off all the competition to win this award!

Event founder Richard Slater, also the publisher of Lancashire Business View magazine

As award winners, Winter Gardens Blackpool collected a trophy specially crafted by trophy partner Pendle Engineering.

Presenter Graham Liver compered the evening, with entertainment from Deadbeats, Pancake, MH Productions and The Fun Experts.

Headline sponsors for the event were Forbes Solicitors and Barclays. The official judging partner of the awards is RSM and social media partner is Zigaflow.

A full review and picture gallery will featured in the Jul/Aug edition of Lancashire Business View and online at

The awards are also sponsored by Alcidion, AMRC, Axon Moore, Begbies Traynor, Bigtank, Campbell and Rowley, Chorley Council, Community and Business Partners, Cube Thinking, Ewood Experience, Four Recruitment, Fox Group, Harrison Drury Solicitors, IN4.0 Group, Lancaster University, Marketing Lancashire, Matrix 247, Mattioli Woods plc, Napthens Solicitors, Pendle Engineering, Peter Scott Printers, Pierce, Pink Link, PM+M, Porsche Centre Bolton, Porsche Centre Preston, SalesGeek, Seriun, The Fun Experts, United Utilities, University of Central Lancashire, Winter Gardens Blackpool and Zigaflow.

The charity partner for Red Rose Awards 2022 is Community Foundation for Lancashire and funds were raised at the awards event to support their work.

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