As Lancashire’s longest-standing business awards, the BIBAs has been delivering benefits to firms and individuals across the county since 2008.
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.
Here Phil Lawson, Managing Director of Virtue Technologies, our Business Person of the Year at the BIBAs 2016 and Entrepreneur of the Year at the BIBAs 2015, tells us his story……..
Having won the Entrepreneur of the Year award at the BIBAs 2015, I wanted to go through the process again because I knew the experience and benefit it brought our company.
The application process was effectively a review of your performance over the past 12 months and gives you a rare opportunity in business to step back and reflect on what you have done.
Being questioned and asked to justify what you have done by the BIBAs judges definitely helped us formulate our former strategy and development of the business, and finally the second round of judging, ‘The BIBAs On Tour’ is beneficial to all parts of the business.
The judges come to our workplace and it gives our employees at all levels the chance to be asked about what they do, share their opinions and be part of the process.
The judges are all people who know a lot about business and therefore their questions are always challenging, but you come away feeling your business has benefited.
Winning at the BIBAs in 2015 and 2016 has been a tremendous motivation for all our staff. They enjoy the process, the ceremony and, of course, winning such a prestigious award.
It is invaluable to achieve things as a group and I feel is the most important part of winning a BIBA.