The judges for of one of Lancashire’s leading business awards will be ready to face the thousands of applicants from across the county.
Maria Coupe , of Shout Network, has said the panels picking the winners for the 20 categories up for grabs in the Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, would be given special training to prepare them for the first round of judging.
They meet applicants for face-to-face interviews next month but the awards is putting its judges through training next week to prepare them to face their applicants.
Shout Network, the leading business networking provider across the North West, is the social media partner for this year’s awards.
Ms Coupe said: “If there is one thing we know from being involved with the BIBAs for a number of years, it is that applicants put their heart and soul in to their application forms.
“The awards recognise this and are fully committed to preparing their judges to ensure they ask the questions which gets the best out of the applicants in interviews.
“It is often difficult to get across every aspect of what your business is about in a face-to-face interview which is why asking the right questions is so important.”
The judges’ training session will take place at the Marriott hotel in Preston on April 18 ahead of applicants finding out which of them have made the first round of judging on April 26.
She added that in a second round of judging the panels selecting the BIBAs winners will visit the premises of those firms which make the finalists’ shortlists.
This second round of judging, known as The BIBAs On Tour, gets underway from July 17.
Ms Coupe said: “The BIBAs On Tour offers the chance to introduce the most important part of any business, the people who make up its workforce are the ones who make it tick.
“These awards go above and beyond to find out what makes a business tick, ensuring that the very best of the best pick up that famous trophy on BIBAs ceremony night.”
The awards closed for applications earlier this month and all entries are now being eligibility checked by the awards’ organisers, the North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, to ensure the meet its entry criteria.
The awards closed for applications earlier this month and all entries are now being eligibility checked by the awards’ organisers, the North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, to ensure they meet its entry criteria.