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 the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and national accountancy firm, Moore and Smalley, all BIBAs winners will be offered a programme leadership masterclasses, site visits and growth workshops. This eight-month programme aims to ‘make the best even better’. 

The Academy is broken down into the following areas:

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 is followed by the Winners and BIBAs Graduation Dinner.  

It will also provide a fantastic opportunity to get to know fellow award winners, previous winners, meet with sponsors and experts from the Chamber, UCLan and Moore and Smalley.

Masterclasses

 Previous masterclass sessions have included noble business leaders such as:

  • Kevin Roberts, former Chairman & CEO, Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide;
  • Edwin Booth, Chairman of North West supermarket firm, Booths;
  • Tony Attard, CEO Panaz & Chairman of Marketing Lancashire
  • Mike Blackburn OBE; Regional Director BT & Chairman of the Manchester LEP

Growth workshops

The programme has developed a number of growth-focused workshops that are delivered by experts from UCLan and Moore and Smalley.

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. Previous site visits included BAe Systems, Tangerine Holdings, Farmhouse Biscuits & Cuadrilla Resources.

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 available through UCLan, many of which are funded.

UCLan 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.