The BIBAs prides itself on a rigorous judging process which ensures its winners are the very best of the best that Lancashire has to offer – that’s why we’re ‘the one they all want to win’.

Our judges always include some of the best business minds in Lancashire and, in some cases, the UK, tailored to the award they are judging.

They are all put through their paces at a compulsory training masterclass, led by business experts and academics, ensuring our judges are as prepared to meet our finalists, as our finalists are to meet them.

Our judging process is then made up of three steps to pick our winners

1. Application

The BIBAs 2018 opens for applications on Tuesday, 16th January 2018 and are open until Friday, 6th April, when the judging process gets swiftly underway.

All applications are eligibility checked to ensure they meet all the entry criteria of the BIBAs before they are bench-marked against a criteria created by our research in to the world’s leading business awards.

This will ensure those who progress to the next stage of judging are the leading lights of Lancashire’s business communities.

You can apply here.

2. Interview stage

All shortlisted applicants to the BIBAs will meet the judging panels in order to select the finalists. This face-to-face interview provides entrants with their first opportunity to demonstrate what sets their business apart from the competition.  The first round of interviews for the BIBAs 2018 get underway on May 14th and runs until May 24th. All interviews will be held at the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce’s Fylde Coast offices in Blackpool (FY4 2RN).

3. The BIBAs On Tour judging

In a unique second round of judging, we send out judges out ‘on tour’ to get under the skin of all our finalists to find out what makes them tick. This initiative gives our finalists the chance to show the judges their culture of excellence, including meeting their workforce and visiting facilities.

After this, our judges will know their finalists inside out and be well placed to pick their BIBAs winner for each of our categories.

‘BIBAs On Tour’ begins on Monday 18th June and ends on Wednesday 11th July.