BIBAs journey….

And so, the BIBAs journey is almost at an end…

There’s just a few short months before we find out who has triumphed in one of the 20 categories up for grabs.

From the hundreds of businesses which entered back in the winter months, to the interviews in the spring and the final miles of the BIBAs on Tour, the wait is almost over.

The journey begins with the call for applications, inviting businesses from all sectors to showcase their achievements and aspirations. This year’s applications saw an overwhelming response, reflecting the diverse and vibrant business community in Lancashire. Each applicant undergoes a thorough evaluation to ensure they meet the high standards set by the BIBAs.

Following the application process, shortlisted candidates participate in interviews conducted by an esteemed panel of judges. These interviews, hosted by North End Events at the Deepdale Stadium, provide a platform for businesses to present their success stories, innovations, and contributions to the local economy.

Headline sponsors Lancashire County Council – who also sat as one of the judging panel for Business of the Year – says the calibre of this year’s businesses has been one of the best.

“The calibre of businesses we’ve seen this year is truly remarkable,” said Amin Vepari, senior projects officer for Business Growth at Lancashire County Council, “The diversity and innovation demonstrated by these companies highlight the strength and potential of Lancashire’s business community. It’s been an honour to hear their stories and see their passion firsthand.”

One of the most exciting elements of the BIBAs journey is the BIBAs Bus Tour, which takes place throughout June. This tour sees the judges and organisers traveling across Lancashire, visiting the shortlisted businesses in their own environments. The tour not only provides a deeper insight into each business but also promotes a sense of community and camaraderie among the participants.

Babs Murphy, Chief Executive of the North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, organisers of the BIBAs, said: “The BIBAs Bus Tour is a unique and enriching experience. It allows us to witness the incredible work being done by businesses across Lancashire and to share their stories with a wider audience. It’s a celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit that thrives in our county.”


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