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 more than 2,000 miles to all visit all four corners of Lancashire which concluded last week, when the judges for its Business of the Year category met their finalists.

The round of judging has been sponsored by BLM Law, the North West insurance risk and commercial law firm, which has been part of 10 judging panels.

Alexandra Wood, Senior Associate at BLM Law who was part of the Medium Business of the Year panel, said: “The BIBAs on Tour has been an inspirational journey for everyone at BLM Law who has taken part.

It has been an honour to participate in the BIBAs and meet so many businesses that are positively impacting the region. Having read the applications and then meeting the finalists for face-to-face interviews as part of the first round of judging, we could not have truly understood what makes each business so special without seeing them in their own premises.

The BIBAs has created a fantastic platform to showcase the success of the business community in Lancashire, it really is the ‘one they all want to win’ and the finalists put everything in to the application and judging rounds. We are delighted to be able to ensure they got every opportunity to show the judges what makes them so special.”Last Wednesday, the Business of the Year judging panel, which was led by Chris Hayes of BIBAs headline sponsor Cuadrilla Resources, and included BLM Law’s Daniel Varney met their finalists.

It saw them visit firms including Preston firm Sunshine Events and Morecambe sexual health clinic, Better2Know, both of which have been shortlisted for five prizes at this year’s awards.

The prizes will be handed out at a ceremony in the Tower Ballroom at The Blackpool Tower on September 14 with tickets selling fast for the night.

More than three-quarters of tickets for the night have now been sold with members of the Lancashire business community urged to get their tickets quickly.

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

Closing Date: 27th March 2020