ONE of Bury's iconic contributions to the world took centre stage at a business awards spectacular last night.

Bosses at the Bury Black Pudding Company were presented with the outstanding achievement prize at the Made in Bury Business Awards 2019.

And their lynchpin Debbie Pierce walked away with the businesswoman of the year crown at the glittering gathering at Prestwich's Longfield Suite.

The Fisherman's Retreat in Ramsbotttom also had plenty of cause to celebrate at the event, hosted by children's TV icon turned DJ Andy Crane.

Not only was the Riding Head Lane outfit named best in class for food and drink but Hervey Magnall Snr clinched the businessman of the year title.

Another brace was bagged by a fellow Rammy firm, ISM, with the waste management specialist not only securing the environmental award but also the large business of the year plaudits.

Council leader David Jones, who paid tribute to the borough's entrepreneurial spirit, said his authority had "bold and ambitious plans for our collective future".

Nearly 30 judges interviewed 123 candidates for the awards, now in their seventh year, in heats staged at The Stables.

For a full round-up of the awards nights glory, pick up a copy of next week's Bury Times.