The Rules

1. The BIBAs  are open to any business based in the County of Lancashire (post Local Government Act of 1972)

2. If a category is focused specifically on achievement in the past 12 months, this refers to activity dating back to January 2015.

3. All finalists must attend the BIBAs ceremony – please click here to reserve your tickets

4. Entering more than one category is allowed, provided you meet the category criteria.

5. All entries will be automatically acknowledged.

6. Closing date for applications is Friday 8th April 2016.  Entries arriving after the deadline will not be accepted unless previously agreed with the organisers.

7.   Following the closing date, your application(s) will be undergo an eligibility check and will be scored against a set of robust benchmarking standards.

8.   Up to a maximum of twelve businesses in each category will be invited to a shortlist interview(s), the dates for which are here.

9.  All  shortlisted applicants will be informed on Friday 6th May. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified by close of business the same day.   The shortlist will be published to the press.

10.   If you are shortlisted you must be available to attend an interview on the dates specified for each category you enter, you can check all the key dates here.

First interviews will take place at:

North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce (Fylde Coast Office)

1 Lockheed court

Amy Johnson Way

Blackpool Business park

Blackpool

FY4 2RN

11.  From the first interview sessions,  judges will draw up a list of finalists (maximum 8 per category).

12.    If you have been successful in reaching the final stages, you will be informed  by Monday 6th June.  Unsuccessful applicants will be informed on the same day by 5.00pm.

13.    If from the shortlist you are selected as a finalist you must also be available for a second interview.  The second interview will take place at your business premises between Monday 20th June & Wednesday 13th July, individual dates can be seen here.

14.   The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. No employee of North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, Judge or  sponsors shall be entitled to enter.

a)        The judges’ decision will be  based on the quality of the application and the performance at interview(s).  An applicant’s previous track record in the competition (whether successful or not) will  have no relevance on the outcome of the decision.

b)         The judges’ decision is final.  In the event of a split decision the Chair of the judging panel will  have the casting vote.

c)         All interview sessions will last for a maximum of 30 minutes.

d)      Questions to the applicant will  be relevant and appropriate and only relate to the judging criteria contained in the judging score sheet.

e)         The judging panel will only sit on the day in question.  Failure  to attend an  interview will automatically result in the applicant being eliminated from that category – interviews cannot be re-arranged.

f)         Winners of each category will  be decided on the second interview prior to closing the judging session.

g)         The judging panel will  not disclose details of the winners or finalists prior to the award ceremony taking place.

h)         All applications will  be treated in the strictest confidence.  Details will not  be disclosed to any outside party.

15. Winners will be announced at the BIBAS on Friday 16th September 2016, commencing 6.30pm.  The awards ceremony will take place in the world famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

16. Award Winners and Finalists will be issued with an official logo which may be used in  advertising/promotional activity (following second interview).

17.  Companies from any sector and of any size and age can enter. These are the only all-encompassing business awards that are able to consider micro-businesses against PLCs and allow them to compete on a level playing field. There is one Category which is excluded from self nomination – Lancastrian of the Year selected for Lifetime Achievement

18. The sifting-panel reserve the right to highlight relevant categories that suit applications with a view to recognising the business in that category.  Applicants will be contacted to confirm acceptance.

19.   All businesses are encouraged to attend the BIBAs ceremony regardless of any status in the competition.

20.  Be mindful of the word-limit when applying.

21.   Cancellations for the BIBAs Ceremony must be received in writing no later than 28 days prior to the ceremony for a refund to be considered.  Cancellations received less than 28 days prior to the ceremony will not be possible and the full amount will be chargeable.  Tickets for the ceremony are limited and always sell out.