2018

Expect a fantastic evening at The BIBAs

A leading sponsor of one of Lancashire’s premier business awards has promised an amazing line-up of entertainment for the sell-out audience. Jamie Griffiths, Brand Programme Director of regional radio station Smooth Radio North West, said the organisers of the Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, had big name entertainment lined up for the ceremony on […]

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Celebrating Lancashire’s leading businesses

One of the more innovative arrivals to the Lancashire business community is poised to help businesses reduce their waste. Tony Whittaker, of multi-disciplinary water and energy consultancy Carbonbit, said that becoming more efficient in your usage of water and energy creates a hedge against future energy price rises, which are expected to almost double in […]

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Diversity can help workforce’s thrive

Diversity in the workforce can help Lancashire’s engineering industry thrive, a leading member of the business community has said. Stephen Hart, of Lytham-based Intersys Micronics, said the push to attract people from a wide range of backgrounds would create a “diversity of thought” which would encourage different ways to tackling challenges. The Engineering and Physical […]

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The manufacturing sector continues to grow

The manufacturing sector can play a major role in continuing to grow the UK economy, according to an industry expert. Andy Traynor, Senior Investment Executive of FW Capital, said the industry had shown modest growth in comparison with the service sector which offered an opportunity to boost the economy for the rest of the year. […]

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4 weeks till the finalists find out their fate

The BIBAs, is expected to attract more than 1,000 members of the county’s business community next month. Tony Whittaker, of multi-disciplinary water and energy consultancy Carbonbit, said the awards will offer leading firms the opportunity to promote themselves to their peers. The group has signed up to be sponsor of the awards evening which takes […]

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Businesses need answers regarding Brexit

A Lancashire business leader has urged the Government to translate its Brexit ambitions in to answers. Mick Mayor, founder and managing director of Team Leyland International, said the recently published White Paper on the UK’s future relationship with the European Union had been “a long time coming”. However, he pointed out there were still a […]

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Summer heatwave provides Lancashire’s tourist economy the perfect chance to showcase its talents at the BIBAs.

Jamie Griffiths, Brand Programme Director, Smooth Radio North West, said: “The county’s stunning countryside, coastline and venues have attracted huge numbers of visitors in recent weeks as temperatures have soared. “The diversity of leisure businesses, from cafes and restaurants through to zoos and historic attractions, would be enough to bring visitors back to the county.” […]

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College Principal impressed by employers’ commitment to upskilling workforce

Preston’s College principal and chief executive, Dr Lis Smith, says Lancashire employers are demonstrating a clear commitment to upskilling the county’s workforce.   This comes following a visit to eight Lancashire employers as part of the BIBAs on Tour judging panel for the prestigious ‘Employer of the Year Award’, which Preston’s College sponsor. For over […]

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How the judges have been inspired by the finalists

The winners of one of Lancashire’s leading business awards have been selected after it completed a unique second round of judging. The Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, has spent the past month sending its judges ‘on tour’ to meets the finalists for each of its 18 prize categories. It has seen the judges turn […]

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More ‘tech towns’ needed

A Lancashire business leader has urged the county to aim to create even more “tech towns”. Mark Oulson-Jenkins, creative director at RTR TV, said it was “fantastic” that Burnley was among the top locations for technology firms setting up in business. However, the East Lancashire town was the only location in the North which featured […]

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4000 miles to be covered by the BIBA judges

One of Lancashire’s leading business awards has sent its judging panels on the road to meet finalists across the county. The Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, has started its second round of interviews, The BIBAs On Tour, which will see judges for its 18 prize categories cover 4000 miles in over the next month. […]

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Smaller businesses believe recruitment is harder

A Lancashire business leader has urged small firms to highlight the great opportunities they offer to potential employees to overcome recruitment issues. Dawn Cheetham, director of Blackpool-based Commercial Kitchen Service Ltd (CKS), said research showed 81 per cent of bosses at micro-businesses, those with fewer than ten employees, believe recruitment is more difficult for them […]

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‘Leaders of businesses across Lancashire must be supported to ensure the county’s economy thrives’

Leaders of businesses across Lancashire must be supported to ensure the county’s economy thrives. Dr John Lonsdale, Director of Innovation and Enterprise at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), said the business community needs to continue its support to the leaders to help them to inspire their workforces to deliver growth. UCLan is sponsoring the […]

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Banks are causing small businesses problems

Small businesses must get better protection from problems caused by their banks, a Lancashire business. Norman Tenray, Chief Executive Officer at Longridge-based OBAS UK, said the impact of the recent IT failures by TSB on small firms highlighted the need for the regulator to do more to support. Currently the independent Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) […]

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DIT urging companies to start selling overseas

Lancashire businesses have been urged to follow the example of successful firms across the county and start to sell overseas. Paul Stowers, NW Acting Regional Director for the Department for International Trade, said his team remain ready to support firms in Lancashire seeking to export goods and services across the globe. “The government department has […]

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The BIBAs always choose Lancashire

Lancashire businesses will once again be appointed suppliers to one of the county’s top awards, organisers have confirmed. The Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, said it will be appointing businesses to deliver everything from wireless internet to flowers and flooring to catering for its ceremony in September. Lancaster-based The Networking People (TNP) provides a […]

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‘Small business commissioner needs to start delivering soon’

A Lancashire business leader has urged small firms to give a recently-appointed ‘tsar’ time to turn the tide in their favour. But, Blackpool-based small business boss Dawn Cheetham admits that Paul Uppal, the government-back small business commissioner, needs to start delivering sooner rather than later. A recent study showed that just 16.2 per cent of […]

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UK road networks needs to be priority

A Lancashire business leader has called for a major overhaul of the UK’s road network to be a top priority in post-Brexit Britain. Managing Director, Mick Mayor, of Team Leyland International, said the nation’s road network required a major investment if the vision of the country being open for business was to be realised. A […]

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Your work force is so important

A Lancashire business leader has hailed the quality of applications received by one of the county’s top business awards. Professor Sue Smith – Director of the Centre for SME Development at the University of Central Lancashire, said the entries to the Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, underlined the talent and diversity which lies in […]

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Overseas sales are driving UK growth

Andy Traynor Senior Investment Executive, of FW Capital, the Fund Manager which manages the NPIF FW Capital Debt Finance, said sales overseas was driving strong growth from UK manufacturers in the first quarter. The sector has reported positive results in terms of orders with factory output on course to increase by 2 per cent this […]

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Shout about your victories

Lancashire’s award-winning businesses must use their status to promote their goods and services, a business support expert has said. Maria Coupe, director of Shout Network, said the winners of the Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, should look to seek to maximise their award wins to differentiate themselves from their competition. Shout Network is the […]

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How the third sector is so important

A Lancashire business leader has called on the county’s third sector to carry on being “bold and passionate.” Babs Murphy, chief executive at the North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, said  the voluntary sector was “more needed than ever” with austerity measures putting pressure on some communities. She added that voluntary and community groups […]

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How the creative industry is booming in the UK

Britain is experiencing a boom in creative entrepreneurship, according to one of Lancashire’s leading creative businesses. Mark Oulson-Jenkins, executive producer at East Lancashire-based RTR TV, said research was showing the creative sector was out-performing others in terms of the number of new firms being set up and jobs being created. The study by Nesta, in […]

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‘Heroes of Lancashire must be celebrated’

The heroes of Lancashire’s construction industry must be celebrated by one of the county’s leading business awards, according to a former winner. Lee Stringer, of Fox Brothers, the plant hire and haulage firm which picked up the Construction Business of the Year prize at the Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, last year, said the […]

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How youth can help your business

Businesses across Lancashire must play an even greater role in inspiring young people in to work, according to one of the county’s top education leaders. Dr Lis Smith, principal at Preston’s College, said that providing opportunities for youngsters would generate new jobs and boost the economy of the North. A report by The Northern Powerhouse […]

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The Service Sector took a downturn in the last quarter

Policy makers must listen to the concerns of the nation’s powerhouse service sector, according to a Lancashire business leader. Tony Raynor, managing director of East Lancashire-based Abbey Telecom, has said business owners in the county had concerns around issues including inflation, interest rates and business rates as they attempt to stimulate growth. The latest Quarterly […]

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New awards up for grabs

A new prize up for grabs at one of Lancashire’s leading business awards will recognise the county’s diverse engineering companies. The Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, has introduced an Engineering Business of the Year to the 18 categories up for grabs at this year’s competition. It has also introduced a Transport and Distribution Business […]

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Cuadrilla to headline sponsor again

One of Lancashire’s leading business awards is open for applications for another year. The Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, has 18 prizes up for grabs and is accepting entries from today (Tuesday, January 16) promising to find the very best of the best among the county’s business community. Its judging panel, made up of […]

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

Nominations Close: 6th April 2018