Lifetime award for Philip


Veteran businessman Philip McIvor, whose Nelson-based food firm has customers including the Queen, has landed a lifetime achievement award after 50 years in business.

The founder of Farmhouse Biscuits, of Brook Street, collected the top prize of Lancastrian of the Year at the annual Be Inspired Business Awards (BIBAs) at Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom on Friday night.

He set up the company with his wife, Dorothy, in 1973, and grew it into one which exports its hand-made biscuits across the globe, including the United States and Canada.

Mr McIvor told the audience of more than 700 business leaders from across the county that he was now “semi-retired” as he collected the prize.

He joked: “We have been in business for 50 years. I started out with absolutely nothing – and after 50 years I have twice as much.”

He added: “Along the way, we have picked up a fantastic team of people at Farmhouse Biscuits, some of which have been with us more than 30 years.

“They are the ones who do it now, I am semi-retired. This award is fantastic.”

Babs Murphy, chief executive of awards organisers, North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, told the audience Mr McIvor was “a true gentleman, humble and respected by all who know him.

Panto star Christopher Biggins hosted the evening with Peter Dickson, the voiceover specialist on shows including The X-Factor.