Still time to enter Fylde coast awards

Retail and leisure businesses can put themselves in the spotlight in our fantastic awards contest
Retail and leisure businesses can put themselves in the spotlight in our fantastic awards contest

Blackpool’s leisure sector is the envy of the country and it’s exceptional offer for visitors has been demonstrated with its coveted World Host Destination status.

Now the spotlight is being shone on the best individuals and businesses in the Gazette’s Retail and Leisure Awards.

A total of ten categories are up for grabs, in the awards sponsored by Leftons, with a closing date for nominations of Friday, October 13.

Entries can be accepted from customer, owners of businesses, managers and employees.

One of the panel of four judges, Claire Jameson, Director of Business Development at B&FC, said it was right to celebrate the breadth of talent in the leisure and retail sectors on the Fylde coast.

She said: “At B&FC, we work closely with the retail and leisure industries to provide them with highly-qualified staff to ensure their businesses can grow and succeed.

“In fact, the College has been a hospitality training provider of international renown for many years, with the Blackpool Tourism Academy one of the more notable successes of recent years.

“The Tourism Academy saw the College work with some of the biggest hospitality employers in Lancashire, from Merlin Entertainments – which runs Alton Towers, Blackpool Tower, Madam Tussauds and Sea Life – to Sandcastle Waterpark, Cuerden Leisure and Blackpool Zoo, to help raise overall workforce standards and improve visitor satisfaction.

“The project led to Blackpool achieving World Host Destination status, becoming the largest resort in the UK to achieve this recognition on the back of its high-quality service offering. It has also been cited by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership for good practice as an employer-led skills partnership.

“As a judge in The Gazette’s inaugural Retail and Leisure Awards, I look forward to seeing some great examples of the work of the retail and leisure sector and may even be able to identify areas where the College can better help them reach their future aspirations.”