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 leading members of the business community, will carry out two rounds of interviews including the BIBAs unique second round of judging when panels visit the finalists.
Francis Egan, of Cuadrilla Resources which is sponsoring the Business of the Year category, said the awards would put the spotlight on the quality of companies and individuals behind them in for a further year.
Francis Egan, CEO of Cuadrilla Resources which is sponsoring the Business of the Year category for the second year running, said the awards would put the spotlight on the quality of companies and individuals behind them in for a further year.
He said: “We are proud to be sponsoring the Business of the Year category again as, like other local businesses, we passionately believe in the role as business has to play in the wider community as well as creating local jobs and revenue for the region. Each year that Cuadrilla has been involved with the BIBAs, I have consistently heard stories not only of the inspirational achievements of businesses applying for the awards, but the benefits they also have gained from their applications.
“Through its application and judging process, businesses and individuals have been able to step back from the day-to-day of running their businesses and look at what they can do to improve.
“Even if they do not win an award or even make the finalists, those applying for these awards are seeing the benefits.
“The BIBAs are known as the one they all want to win for all Lancashire businesses and to have a BIBA trophy on display in your business is true endorsement of your achievements.”
The awards’ organisers, the North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, has confirmed it will again be holding a boot camp workshop to help prepare applicants to entering the BIBAs.
The free event will be held at the Chamber’s offices on Amy Johnson Way, Blackpool on Thursday, February 22, offering advice on completing application forms and preparing for the awards’ interview stages.
In 2017, the winners of the Business of the Year category, Burnley-based refrigerated vehicle specialist, CoolKit, also collected the Manufacturer of the Year award, while Preston-based Sunshine Events also winning two categories, Employer of the Year and Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility.
Fox Brothers, which is headquartered in Poulton-le-Fylde, was the winner of the Construction Business of the Year, with Blackburn non-profit making body, Community and Business Partners, winning the Third Sector of the Year category.
For full details of the awards up for grabs at the BIBAs 2018, visit its official website at www.thebibas.co.uk