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BIBA Judges; Quality is key

The applicants to one of Lancashire’s leading business awards have been hailed as the cream of the county by one of its top sponsors. Dr Allison Jones, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Central Lancashire, said the entrants to this year’s Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, highlighted […]

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The BIBAs shortlisted for major awards

The BIBAs, has been shortlisted in the Best Judging Panel and Process for an Awards at the Awards Awards run by The Global Conference Network. It is up against a host of national awards including the Green Flag Awards run by Keep Britain Tidy and the Health and Safety Awards, the annual prize-giving from the […]

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Winners’ story: Evans Vanodine

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 we hear from Peter Thompson, International Division Manager, Evans Vanodine – winner of the Exporter of the […]

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Bootcamp is a must

A judge at one of Lancashire’s leading business awards has urged firms from across the county to attend a special ‘boot camp’ to help deliver success. Tony Raynor, managing director of Abbey Telecom, said the workshop held by the Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, would help applicants to set themselves aside from the rest […]

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The BIBAs – Judges

One of Lancashire’s leading awards is hunting for members of the county’s business community to help pick its winners. The Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, is looking for people to join the judging panels for 18 awards it will hand out at a ceremony next September. The awards’ organiser is again hosting a special […]

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The BIBAs

        The firm has agreed to become the main sponsor of the BIBAs Foundation which was set up by the Be Inspired Business Awards and the Lancashire Community Foundation to provide grants of up to £2,000 to support enterprise projects aimed at 16-24 year olds. The Foundation has already handed out more […]

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The BIBAs

A waiting list has been started for those wishing to attend the BIBAs ceremony later this year. Event organisers, the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, have confirmed that the event is a sell-out. Chamber chief executive Babs Murphy said: “The BIBAs has always been an event which dominates the calendar for Lancashire’s business […]

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The BIBAs

The winners of one of Lancashire’s biggest business awards will have truly earned its iconic trophy, according to one of its leading judges. Dr Caroline Chesworth, founder of education franchise Mad Science North West, was part of the Entrepreneur of the Year judging panel that visited finalists in the running for the Be Inspired Business Awards […]

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The BIBAs

Finalists for one of Lancashire’s biggest business awards, the Be Inspired Business Awards, will receive certificates when judges visit them from this week. The businesses and individuals on the shortlists for the awards’ 18 prize categories will receive visits from panels as part of a second round of interviews where judges go ‘on tour’. All […]

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The BIBAs

The diversity of Lancashire’s economy will provide strong foundations upon which to grow, according to a leading business advisor. Ginni Cooper, Corporate Services Director at chartered accountants and business advisors Moore and Smalley, said the county benefited from the strong manufacturing base which prevented its decline when the powerhouse service industry dipped. However, he added […]

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The BIBAs

The finalists of Lancashire’s most-established business awards will be unveiled by Tuesday, June 2. All those businesses and individuals who will be invited to attend the Be Inspired Business Awards prize-giving ceremony in September will have received notification by this date, with the full lists unveiled by our media partner, the Lancashire Evening Post. Those […]

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The BIBAs

“An achiever,” that is how the BIBAs 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year, David Andrews, was described as he stepped onto the stage in Preston’s Avenham Park. It was the end of a whirlwind few months for the managing director of Andrews Bowen, the Singleton-based equestrian surfaces specialist which had installed the competition surfaces at that […]

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The BIBAs in brief

A Lancashire outside catering firm has been appointed to provide refreshments to those businesses seeking to win one of the county’s leading awards. Café Fresch, which also operates cafes in both Blackpool and Preston, will cater for the first interviews held by the judging panels for the Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs. The interviews […]

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The BIBAs Hall of Fame Kirsty Henshaw

Winning the BIBA for New Business of the Year in 2011 helped entrepreneur Kirsty Henshaw to get past a moment which brought her to the attention of the public. The mother-of-one shot to fame when she secured the support of investors Peter Jones and Duncan Bannatyne on television’s Dragon’s Den with her allergen-free food firm, […]

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BIBAs Foundation

The first applications to a £30,000 fund to boost enterprise among Lancashire’s young people have been received. The Be Inspired Business Awards, one of the North West’s leading business awards, has reported strong interest for grants from its BIBAs Foundation, which it set up to create a legacy of enterprise for the county. The Foundation […]

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The BIBAs

The Foxton Centre secured a historic place in BIBAs history when they picked up a trophy at the awards in September 2014. The charity which supports the homeless community in Preston became the first winners of The Most Inspiring Business of the Year prize, introduced to celebrate applicants whose successes did not fit in to […]

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The BIBAs

A former award winner has told businesses bidding to land one of Lancashire’s leading awards to “be themselves” when they face the judges for the first time. Dr Caroline Chesworth, managing director of education firm Mad Science North West, has urged applicants to the Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, to showcase themselves to the […]

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The BIBAs

Lancashire environmental services business Remsol has become the latest sponsor of one of the county’s leading business awards. The firm, which has its headquarters on Preston docklands, has signed up to sponsor the New Business of the Year category at the Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs. It follows the likes of global creative agency […]

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The BIBAs

Former British Chambers of Commerce president Peter Mileham was the winner of the Prestonian of the Year category at the BIBAs 2012. When the BIBAs came to Preston in 2012, it was always going to be an evening with a difference. However, it proved to be an even bigger surprise for one local resident, Peter […]

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The BIBAs

What are the three main qualities you look for in any business/individual you visit as part of the BIBAs judging process? –          Inspirational personal leadership that can be demonstrated to have impacted on the business –          clear vision for the business and energy to deliver the vision […]

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The BIBAs

An exclusive dinner will be held for winners of this year’s Be Inspired Business Awards to welcome them to its “academy of excellence.” The firms picking up a BIBA trophy at its prize-giving ceremony in September will become inducted in to the BIBAs Academy, a partnership between the awards and Lancaster University Management School. It […]

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The BIBAs

What are the three main qualities you look for in any business/individual you visit as part of the BIBAs judging process? A clear vision of where the business is going; Confirmation that the staff are ‘on board’ with that vision; A plan of action to deliver that vision. Without naming names, tell us about the […]

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The BIBAs

There are just three days left for Lancashire businesses to get their entries in to one of the county’s leading awards. The deadline for the Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, closes at 5pm on Friday with businesses able to enter 18 prize categories covering businesses large and small and across a range of sectors. […]

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The BIBAs Hall of Fame

Connect 2 Cleanrooms of Halton, near Lancaster was the winner of the Change for Growth category at the BIBAs 2013. When Connect 2 Cleanrooms managing director Joe Govier arrived at the ceremony of the Be Inspired Business Awards in 2013, he knew his business stood a chance of heading home with a trophy. The business […]

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The BIBAs Manufacturing

Manufacturing will continue to drive growth in Lancashire’s economy throughout the rest of 2015, says one of the county’s biggest employers. Westinghouse, which operates a nuclear fuel manufacturing facility Springfields, near Preston, said the industry remained key to the economic health of the county by outpacing even the powerhouse service sector. Figures from the Lancashire […]

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The BIBAs In Brief

A production company is being sought to bring to life one of Lancashire’s biggest business awards, the Be Inspired Business Awards. Organisers the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce is seeking a firm to supply lighting and sound equipment to its prize-giving ceremony at the Blackpool Tower on Friday, September 11. Anyone interested in […]

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The BIBAs

The Grand at Clitheroe was the winner of the Creative Business of the Year category at the BIBAs 2013. When Steven Lancaster accepted the prize for Creative Business of the Year at the BIBAs 2013, his father, John, was applauding louder than anyone. But, the night would become an even more memorable one for the […]

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The BIBAs

What are the three main qualities you look for in any business/individual you visit as part of the BIBAs judging process? Passion with the right attitude, and knowledge are the first two. The third is a good business strategy – not a complex or lengthy strategy but well thought, structured and achievable. Without naming names, […]

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The BIBAs

The fund management company  behind a £45m fund for growth-hungry North West businesses has become the latest sponsor of one of Lancashire’s leading business awards. FW Capital, which manages The North West Fund for Loans Plus, has signed up to be social media sponsor for the Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs. It joins the […]

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The BIBAs

Tickets for one of Lancashire’s premier business awards are selling quickly – nearly six months before the prize-giving ceremony takes place. The Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, hosts its annual ceremony at the iconic Blackpool Tower on Friday, September 11, with another sell-out crowd predicted. Babs Murphy, chief executive of awards organisers the North […]

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The BIBAs

Healthpoint was the winner of the Small Business of the Year category at the BIBAs 2013. When healthcare business Healthpoint entered the race to be named Lancashire’s Small Business of the Year at the BIBAs 2013, it did so knowing what it was getting in to. The Blackpool firm has previously been in the running […]

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The BIBAs

What are the three main qualities you look for in any business/individual you visit as part of the BIBAs judging process? Clarity of VISION for where they intend to take the business and to be able to articulate a plan to make progress towards that vision. I would then want to see evidence of ACTION […]

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The BIBAs

There are just four vacancies left on the judging panels of one of Lancashire’s biggest business awards, the Be Inspired Business Awards. The awards, dubbed The BIBAs, has one vacancy on the judging panel for the following awards categories: Manufacturer of the Year; Exporter of the Year; Medium Business of the Year; Best Use of […]

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The BIBAs In Brief

Another night of first-class entertainment has been promised by the organisers of one of Lancashire top business awards, the Be Inspired Business Awards. Babs Murphy, chief executive of the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce which organisers the awards, said the identity of the acts would remain a closely-guarded secret. She said: “The BIBAs […]

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The BIBAs Hall of Fame

F.Parkinson Ltd was the winner of the Employer of the Year category at the BIBAs 2013. For boss Ray Eyre, there was no better way for construction firm F.Parkinson to enter its 80th year in business than winning a BIBA. So when managing director of the Blackpool-based business strode on to stage in the resort’s […]

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The BIBAs Judge & Jury

What are the three main qualities you look for in any business/individual you visit as part of the BIBAs judging process? Personal and professional integrity, likeability and determination. Without naming names, tell us about the one business or individual you were most impressed with during the BIBAs judging process and why? One of my favourite […]

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The BIBAs Creativity is Key

The Chancellor George Osborne has been urged to continue his support for Britain’s creative industries in tomorrow’s Budget. Mark Oulson-Jenkins, Head of Production at RTR Digital, said the sector had been recognised as an economic engine in the past two Budgets and urged for more to be done to support smaller firms this year. Last […]

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The BIBAs

A host has been picked by organisers of one of Lancashire’s leading business awards to host its ceremony in September. Babs Murphy, chief executive of the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce which organises the Be Inspired Business Awards, said the identity of its host would be kept under wraps until the big night […]

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Hall of Fame

Soap was the winner of the E-Business of the Year category at the BIBAs 2013. There was one word which E-Business of the Year prize winners Soap Media used to describe their success at the Be Inspired Business Awards in 2013 – awesome. But, while striding on stage at the Blackpool Tower to collect the […]

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Judge & Jury

What are the three main qualities you look for in any business/individual you visit as part of the BIBAs judging process? A focus on training and development of staff; Innovative business development strategies; Processes for gaining accreditations and meeting industry standards. Without naming names, tell us about the one business or individual you were most […]

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Preston’s College

  One of Lancashire’s leading educators has told the county’s business community that commitment to investing in a workforce can be the difference between success and failure. Dr Lis Smith, Principal and Chief Executive at Preston’s College, said companies needed to look not only at bringing in new talent, but also investing in their existing […]

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The BIBAs Major Projects

A number of major infrastructure projects can act as a catalyst for Lancashire’s economy, according to the man heading a firm seeking to unlock the County’s natural gas energy resources. Francis Egan, chief executive of shale gas firm Cuadrilla Resources, has said he believes projects like a new M6 link road being created at Heysham, […]

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Suppliers

The Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, is looking for companies to bid to become a supplier to its awards. It is seeking the following suppliers: Executive travel Security Printing services Audio-visual production Photography Table Dressing Temporary staging Accommodation  Framing Chocolatier In 2014, the BIBAs put more than £140,000 in to Lancashire companies which made […]

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Laila’s Fine Foods was the winner of the Manufacturer of the Year categories at the BIBAs 2013. Walking on to the stage at the Blackpool Tower at the BIBAs 2013 was a proud moment for the Remtulla family, the driving force behind the success of Laila’s Fine Foods. It was in the resort that Laila […]

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What are the three main qualities you look for in any business/individual you visit as part of the BIBAs judging process? Innovation, entrepreneurship and passion. Without naming names, tell us about the one business or individual you were most impressed with during the BIBAs judging process and why? The business that stands out for me […]

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A number of major infrastructure projects can act as a catalyst for Lancashire’s economy, according to the man heading a firm seeking to unlock the County’s natural gas energy resources. Francis Egan, chief executive of shale gas firm Cuadrilla Resources, has said he believes projects like a new M6 link road being created at Heysham, […]

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More Lancashire firms must start selling overseas if the county’s economy is to grow during 2015, according to an export expert. Clive Drinkwater, Regional Director for UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) in the North West, said the support of the international network of trade experts would provide the backing to those seeking to sell overseas. […]

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The BIBAs

More Lancashire firms must start selling overseas if the county’s economy is to grow during 2015, according to an export expert. Clive Drinkwater, Regional Director for UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) in the North West, said the support of the international network of trade experts would provide the backing to those seeking to sell overseas. […]

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The BIBAs

Regionally recognised as a regional growth funder, The North West Fund for Loans Plus managed by FW Capital has become the latest sponsor of the Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs. The North West Fund for Loans Plus has been confirmed as the social media partner of the awards. The Fund provides loans from £50,000 […]

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The BIBAs

Panaz was the winner of the Exporter of the Year and Medium Business of the Year categories at the BIBAs 2013. With its name on the shortlists for three prizes, textiles firm Panaz had achieved a great deal before its representatives even took their seats at the BIBAs in 2013. But, chief executive Tony Attard […]

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The BIBAs

What are the three main qualities you look for in any business/individual you visit as part of the BIBAs judging process? Integrity and passion for the own business or field of work and pride in getting it right for the customer. What would be the one piece of advice you would offer to any BIBAs […]

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The BIBAs 2015

Greater investment is needed to support Britain’s small small business community to tackle unemployment, according to a Lancashire business leader. Norman Tenray, president of the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, said the “obsession with the biggest” and focus on the areas of the economy proving to deliver. In 2014, figures showed small businesses […]

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The BIBAs In Brief

The Blackpool Business Leadership Group, a private sector-led body which represents businesses in the resort, has become the latest sponsor of the Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs. It will sponsor the awards’ gala dinner which will be hosted at the iconic Blackpool Tower on Friday, September 11. The BBLG was founded in 2006 to […]

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The BIBAs Hall of Fame

Dr Caroline Chesworth, winner of the Business Woman of the Year category at the BIBAs 2013. “Three gruelling rounds of selection and interviews,” was how Dr Caroline Chesworth described the judging process which took her in to the limelight at the BIBAs in 2013. Yet, the smile on the face of the founder of Mad […]

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The BIBAs Judge & Jury

What are the three main qualities you look for in any business/individual you visit as part of the BIBAs judging process? Vision of what the business is now and will be over next 3-5 years; Solid financials which stack up and show real progress over a period of years; Great training plans to develop staff […]

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10th Feb

Lancashire businesses bidding to land one of the county’s leading awards have been invited to attend a ‘boot camp’ workshop to help their applications to shine. The Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, has teamed up with experts at Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) to stage the interactive session on Friday, February 20 starting at […]

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Saatchi

One of the leading figures behind global mega-brand Saatchi and Saatchi will help pick the winner for one of Lancashire’s most prestigious business awards. Adam Armstrong, Global Transformation Programme Manager at Saatchi and Saatchi Worldwide, has been announced as the chairman of the Business of the Year judging panel at the Be Inspired Business Awards, […]

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Inspired Energy

Janet Thornton winners of the Business Woman of the Year category at the BIBAs 2014. When Janet Thornton, chief executive of Lancashire energy broker Inspired Energy, stepped on stage at the BIBAs 2014 to collect her Business Woman of the Year trophy, she was not alone. The boss was not only joined by a number […]

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Remvox

The BIBAs is about more than just picking up a trophy at a glitzy awards evening, our awards are a business development opportunity for our winners. In 2014, we launched the BIBAs Academy, a package of workshops run by Lancaster University Management School, which offers our winners access to some of the brightest minds in […]

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Judges Abbey

What are the three main qualities you look for in any business/individual you visit as part of the BIBAs judging process? The 3 main qualities that Abbey Telecom judges look for in BIBAs entrants are; (i) Evidence of excellent customer service (ii) Passion for continual service development from the business leader and (iii) Sincere cultural […]

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BootCamp

Lancashire businesses bidding to land one of the county’s leading awards have been invited to attend a ‘boot camp’ workshop to help their applications to shine. The Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, has teamed up with experts at Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) to stage the interactive session on Friday, February 20 starting at […]

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BBLG

The latest name to join the stellar line-up of sponsors for one of Lancashire’s biggest business awards is Blackpool Business Leadership Group (BBLG). BBLG  was established in 2006 by a small group of business leaders to encourage improved communication between the private and public sectors, and support the wider economic development of the town. Since […]

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Sponsor Benefits

A Lancashire telecoms firm is crediting the Be Inspired Business Awards (BIBAs) as a major contributor to its recent increase in local contracts and growth. Abbey Telecom, which installs and maintains telephone systems countrywide, is seeing a direct link between its involvement in the county’s premier business awards and the rise in local business leads. […]

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Bootcamp

A special boot camp to help businesses apply for the Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, is to be held by experts from a Lancashire university. Lancaster University Management School will host the session for potential applicants for a second year following its success in supporting businesses bidding to win the 2014 awards. The session […]

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Attend Ceremony

Tickets for the BIBAs’ prize-giving ceremony at the Blackpool Tower in September are now on sale. A table of ten at the star-studded event is available for £1,250 for North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce members, £1,300 for affiliate members and £1,350 for non-members. Individual tickets are available for £130 for Chamber members, £135 […]

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Hall of Fame

Preston Bus winners of the Leadership Team of the Year category at the BIBAs 2013. Following its takeover by national transport firm, Rotala, it was unsurprising that Preston Bus applied for the Leadership Team of the Year prize at the BIBAs in 2013. Under the leadership of Bob Dunn, who remains the company’s managing director, […]

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Academy

The BIBAs is about more than just picking up a trophy at a glitzy awards evening, our awards are a business development opportunity for our winners. In 2014, we launched the BIBAs Academy, a package of workshops run by Lancaster University Management School, which offers our winners access to some of the brightest minds in […]

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Judges

What are the three main qualities you look for in any business/individual you visit as part of the BIBAs judging process? Strategic thinking, demonstrating flexibility and being open to advice. Long-term planning based on research and evidence. Commitment to develop and deploy resource, especially staff. Without naming names, tell us about the one business or […]

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Sponsors

A Lancashire telecoms firm is crediting the Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, as a major contributor to its recent increase in local contracts and growth. Abbey Telecom, which installs and maintains telephone systems countrywide, is seeing a direct link between its involvement in the county’s premier business awards and the rise in local business […]

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BIBAs Foundation

The charity set up by one of Lancashire’s biggest business awards to boost enterprise among the county’s young people has put over  £30,000 up for grabs. The BIBAs Foundation, a body created by the annual awards and the Lancashire Community Foundation, will make grants of up to £2,000 available to 16-24 year olds in the […]

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27th Jan

The charity set up by one of Lancashire’s biggest business awards to boost enterprise among the county’s young people has put over £30,000 up for grabs. The BIBAs Foundation, a body created by the annual awards and the Lancashire Community Foundation, will make grants of up to £2,000 available to 16-24 year olds in the […]

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Hall of Fame

Daniel Cuffe & Peter Taylor, founders of Cuffe and Taylor were the winners of the Entrepreneur of the Year category at the BIBAs 2013. Cuffe & Taylor has staged events including the Lytham Proms and is amongst the UK’s leading event and production companies, having promoted artists including Sir Tom Jones, BIBA favourite Russell Watson, Neil […]

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The BIBAs is about more than just picking up a trophy at a glitzy awards evening, our awards are a business development opportunity for our winners. In 2014, we launched the BIBAs Academy, a package of workshops run by Lancaster University Management School, which offers our winners access to some of the brightest minds in […]

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We asked Dr. Lis Smith, Principal & CEO of Preston’s College, and Judge for Employer of the Year, what the judges wanted to evidence….   What are the three main qualities you look for in any business/individual you visit as part of the BIBAs judging process? Drive and passion, understanding of the importance of their […]

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The BIBAs Foundation

The charity set up by one of Lancashire’s biggest business awards to boost enterprise among the county’s young people has put nearly £30,000 up for grabs. The BIBAs Foundation, a body created by the annual awards and the Lancashire Community Foundation, will make grants of up to £2,000 available to 16-24 year olds in the […]

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If you want to give your business a bigger competitive edge, enter the BIBAs today.

Nominations Close: 6th April 2018