One of Lancashire’s leading business awards is open for applications to companies across the county from today (Tuesday, January 29).
The Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, with new categories to encourage firms of all sectors and sizes and the people behind them to celebrate their successes.
The application window is now open until 29th March with the awards’ organisers promising a unique application process which will help businesses develop.
The BIBAs’ judges will undertake two rounds of judging with applicants having a face-to-face interview followed by a visit to their business premises to get under the skin of each applicant.
Babs Murphy, chief executive of awards’ organisers, the North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, said: “Each year the BIBAs grows to make them the business awards they all want to win in Lancashire and this year is no exception.
“We have added new categories to open up to legal, financial and marketing and digital businesses from across the county and they will get the opportunity to go through an application process which is proven to help grow businesses.
“Our application forms followed by two meetings with our judging panels, drawn from some of the leading lights of the county’s business community, are proven to help businesses think differently and deliver increased growth.”
The BIBAs will hold a boot camp workshop to help applicants to hone their entries to the awards at the North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce’s offices on Amy Johnson Way, Blackpool on Wednesday, February 20.
The session will see judges and former winners give advice on how to make a BIBAs application and interview shine.
Any businesses wishing to attend the boot camp session can register at https://www.thebibas.co.uk/enter/bootcamp
In 2018, the lifetime achievement award, Lancastrian of the Year, went to Tony Attard, the High Sheriff of Lancashire and founder of Burnley-based textiles firm, Panaz.r winners included Preston-based Sunshine Events and Blackburn’s Flavour Warehouse which both picked up two awards, Creative Business of the Year and Service Business of the Year and Manufacturer of the Year and Exporter of the Year respectively.