Prince Charles plans to visit Simon in the North

Simon Rigby with his MBE at the Palace
Simon Rigby with his MBE at the Palace

Preston entrepreneur Simon Rigby received his MBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace and immediately dedicated it to his staff.

Bio-energy company boss Simon, who owns the Guild Hall, Fives Nightspot, the old Odeon Cinema, the Guild Tower office block, said: “This is for the whole team really - I feel doubly honoured because I got to collect the award on all the staff’s behalf. Buckingham Palace was much bigger and more impressive than I thought. Prince Charles greeted me by saying ‘You’re the green energy man.’

“It was all very jolly. I told himabout Kirk Environmental and that manufacturing was alive and well in the North. He said he would like to visit our plant.”