PAUL Davidson has worked tirelessly for more than 25 years supporting new business in Bolton.

As chief executive of Bolton Business Ventures (BBV), he has seen countless new companies blossom.

Through BBV, millions of pounds worth of development have been brought to the area, securing thousands of jobs.

The organisation was set up in 1983, when the town was facing a major decline and unemployment was 18 per cent.

It stimulated employment and revitalised the local economy. It has continued its excellent work ever since and has never been more relevant to the local economy.

Accepting his Special Achievement Award, Mr Davidson paid tribute to Bolton Council.

He said: “They have been trusted and valued friends from the start and, without them, Bolton Business Ventures would not have even started.”

He added: “It is easy being successful. All you do is surround yourself with people who are more talented, dedicated and passionate than you and that is the fortunate position I find myself in.”

Mr Davidson said he wanted to share his award with his co-director, Sylvia Philips.

After his speech, Mr Davidson, who was set to embark on a bike ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats on Saturday, added: “I am thrilled and delighted. It could not be a better start to my cycling marathon.

“The best reward for me is seeing so many new businesses being successful and seeing jobs being created.”

Mr Davidson is also managing director of North Manchester Enterprise Group and was also recently handed a Queen’s Award for Enterprise. The Special Achievement Award was jointly chosen by the sponsors of the Bolton and Bury Business Awards and was presented by Ian Settle, director of business and commercial banking for NatWest.