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Trust nominated for two HIVE awards

Community Trust and Rovers in the running for prizes!

19 May 2018

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Blackburn Rovers Community Trust have been nominated for two accolades at this year's HIVE Blackburn and Darwen Business Awards.

The official charity of Rovers are potentially in line to win the Health, Wellbeing and Social Care Award and the Commitment to Blackburn and Darwen Award at the 5th July ceremony, which will be hosted at King George's Hall.

It's good news for Rovers too, who have also been nominated for the Buzz Award, after a memorable year at Ewood Park.

The HIVE is a powerful network of Blackburn with Darwen-based businesses, who are using their collective power to network and raise the profile of the borough as a place to do business.

Their annual awards ceremony celebrates the best examples of excellence within the area over a 12 month period, with around 20 different categories being keenly contested at this year's event.

In the Health, Wellbeing and Social Care Award, the Community Trust faces competition from Cryo Express Limited and Unit 2 Fitness for Women, with the trio of companies being assessed for qualities such as high quality service, increased or maintained sales and identifying new markets, income streams or opportunities.

The Commitment to Blackburn and Darwen Award aims to recognise the organisation that is deemed to have demonstrated a keen level of support to the borough as a whole, including areas such as employment, education and up-skilling opportunities for local people, as well as providing fantastic services in areas such as community engagement, sport and charitable work. Competition for that award comes from Bootstrap Enterprises, Secret Santa Ltd and Unit 2 Fitness for Women.

The club's nomination in the Buzz Award - which puts them head to head with Action Factory Community Arts, Blackburn Festival of Light CIC and Festival of Making CIC - will be awarded to the organisation that has been deemed to be the leader in bringing positive PR and visitors to the borough, among other areas of analysis.

Gary Robinson, Blackburn Rovers Community Trust's chief executive officer, is delighted at the chance for the Trust to be recognised once again in an already-successful start to 2018, explaining:

"It's a brilliant hat-trick for the club and Community Trust to be nominated for three HIVE Awards and we're proud to have been noted for the efforts we've put into helping our local community in Blackburn with Darwen over the past year.

"Coming so soon after Rovers being awarded the EFL's North West Community Club and Family Club of the Year, it is very satisfying to know that the work we do is being noticed by numerous observers, and whilst we don't do it for the glory, it's a real testimony to our hard-working team here at Ewood Park that impartial observers hold us in this esteem.

"We look forward to the ceremony in July and are proud to be in very good company alongside some outstanding local organisations."

Both the club and Community Trust will have a chance to further their claims for their respective potential awards next week as a series of face-to-face interviews with the judging panel take places before a final decision is reached regarding each winner.

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