Every week we will bring you the thoughts of a former winner of one of our awards about why they applied, what the application process did for them and what being a BIBAs winner means to them.
This week we hear from Dr Caroline Chesworth, the founder of Mad Science North West, who won Business Woman of the Year at the BIBAs in 2013.
“The third party endorsement of winning any award is a valuable asset to any business, and the BIBAs is widely recognised as the most rigorous judging process in the North West, and the most highly prized accolade of all.
Mad Science NW had been finalists for the couple of years prior to 2013, so we knew what to expect from the judging.
We knew it would be rigorous, but respectful and unhurried and I felt comfortable that judges were fair and impartial and were trying to bring the best out of candidates – but it is always nerve wracking.
When I heard my name read out on BIBAs night, I was truly shocked, my words just a moment before had been ‘We won’t win this one’!
I was elated and so proud for my team who really deserved to come away as winners after all their hard work, as a business woman can’t achieve much without her team.
There is no doubt winning at the BIBAs has raised our profile and we have seen a 100% growth over the past 3 years in our corporate bookings as more businesses are aware of the future workforce development programmes and employee engagement events we can provide for them.
Winning a BIBA sets you apart in our region especially among the business community which was our whole aim in taking part.