The winners of the BIBAs are automatically enrolled on the BIBAs Academy, an academy of excellence designed to boost skills, minds and bottom lines.

Through our partnership with Lancaster University Management School (LUMS), all BIBAs winners will be offered leadership masterclasses by some of the world’s top business leaders. Previous masterclass sessions have been hosted by:

The eight-month programme for the 2015 BIBAs winners includes masterclasses from:

– John Timpson, the founder of shoe repair and key cutting chain, Timpson Ltd;
– Loyd Grossman, entrepreneur and television presenter;
– Edwin Booth, chairman of North West supermarket firm, Booths;
– Mark Adlestone, chairman of jewellery chain, Beaverbrooks, which is nationally recognised for its ethical behaviour and corporate philosophy;
– Mark Armstead, managing director of Wax Lyrical, a national candle retailer which he saved from the brink of administration;
– Andrew Graham, chief executive of wallpaper firm, Graham and Brown;
– Michael Finnigan, inspirational speaker and chief executive of i2i, who was worked with leading sportsmen to inspire them to success.

The Academy also offers workshops led by LUMS experts including Dr Ricardo Zozimo, an expert in growth and entrepreneurship, and senior research fellow, Ian Gordon, who offers advice on working with the University and how to develop your business.

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Other benefits of the Academy include:

Academy launch

A welcome to the Academy which provides the chance to learn more about its programme of masterclasses, workshops and networking opportunities.

This event will include a session with Michael Finnigan, the founder of Lancashire-based i2i Inspiring Success, who will discuss how psychological strategies can deliver outstanding business performance.

He has previously worked with leading blue-chip businesses and sports stars including former Open winner golfer, Darren Clarke, and India’s all-conquering cricket team.

It will also provide a fantastic opportunity to get to know fellow award winners, meet with sponsors and Chamber and University staff.

Growth workshops

The programme has developed a number of growth-focused workshops that are delivered by experts from Lancaster University Management School.

The sessions focus on the Business Model Canvas, observational learning and learning through deep practice.

All sessions provide practical information and time given to plan and reflect on how to embed this information back into the business.

Business visits

For businesses it can be enlightening to visit other businesses and observe and reflect on how other people run their organisation.

This will include the businesses which are fellow BIBAs winners and others organised by the Academy.

Access to talent and knowledge

Attendance at the Academy will provide access to the range of business support programmes across Lancaster University Management School (LUMS), many of which are fully or majority funded.

LUMS experts will signpost businesses to the appropriate support, simplifying the process.

The Academy Alumni

The winners will form a network of ambitious businesses with proven track records, able to provide inspiration and support to one another.

Membership of this community will continue indefinitely, and over the years to come will accumulate a collection of past BIBAs winners, creating a great network that will grow year on year.