Barnfield Construction started the New Year on a high after Chairman and Managing Director, Tim Webber, received a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).
Tim’s MBE for Services to Business and the Community in Lancashire was published in last week’s New Year’s Honours list.
The awards recognise the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people across the UK and ‘are rare and always richly deserved’ said The Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire in his congratulatory letter to Tim.
A delighted Tim commented “I’m absolutely overwhelmed to receive this great honour for something I love doing, which is helping develop and make better my home town of Pendle and the area surrounding it.
It’s with the help of Family, Friends and colleagues that my company has been so successful in doing this. The hard work doesn’t stop here though and using the award I will continue to promote East Lancashire as a fantastic place to work and live.”
The former BIBAs Lancastrian of the Year (2010) is an extremely proactive and hands on businessman within Lancashire and is actively involved in all the strategic development companies Barnfield have in place with all private and public sector partners such as Hyndburn, Pendle, Burnley and Rossendale Council.
Tim is the driving force behind some of East Lancashire’s major regeneration schemes and one of the reasons Barnfield are successful is their ability to work hard with a ‘can do attitude’, finding ways round complications to make regeneration and difficult schemes work, often where other developers have failed.
Three of the largest developments being tackled at the moment, both with Public sector partners and as stand-alone developers are:
On The Banks, Burnley – formerly known as Weavers Triangle. A £60 million mixed use canal side regeneration project in partnership with Burnley Council.
Innovation Drive, Burnley – the former Michelin Tyre Factory is now a bustling aerospace and engineering hub with occupiers and tenant including Kaman Tooling and BCW Engineering.
Northlight, Pendle – formerly Brierfield Mill. A redevelopment of this 380,000 sq ft complex will create a mixture of facilities in partnership with Pendle Council including leisure, enterprise, residential and public realm facilities.
Barnfield are no stranger to awards and last year received ‘Contractor of the Year’ status at the prestigious North West Insider Awards which has no doubt helped in securing a full order book for 2015 and part of 2016.
In addition to his primary role at the helm of Barnfield, Tim also sits on the board of other local organisations including Training 2000, Canal & River Trust and was nominated to act as Chairman for Regenerate Pennine Lancashire last year.
Former Chairman of the Lancashire Economic Partnership, Dennis Taylor, described Tim as a ‘giant on the Lancashire business map determined to beat the recession and generate wealth and employment for his beloved Nelson.’