Top business awards, the BIBAs, are back with a bang for 2023

The Be Inspired Business Awards, or BIBAs, open for entries on 24th January, with in-person interviews and the judges tour set to return for the first time since the start of the Covid pandemic.


Businesses across the county are being invited to bid for glory in Lancashire’s biggest and most established business awards competition.


Organised by the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, the BIBAs are now in their 15th year.


Featuring 20 categories, the awards recognise and reward the achievements of Lancashire’s businesses large and small, their people, and the contribution they make to the county and its economic wellbeing.


Babs Murphy, chief executive, said she expects a record number of applications this year: “Last year saw a big uptick in the number of businesses applying to the Bibas, with many doing so for the very first time.


“It shows the enduring appeal of being associated with and recognised by such a widely respected awards competition, and I have every reason to believe we’ll see even more businesses come forward this year.


“We might well be on the verge of entering a recession, but businesses and their people still deserve to be rewarded for their efforts. And those that are lucky enough to scoop an award will benefit from the extra publicity and accolades that go with that, putting them in front of more potential customers when they need it the most.”


Babs said that the interview stage of the judging process will return to being face-to-face instead of via video call, and that the competition’s 105 judges will this year go ‘on tour’ again for the first time since 2019.


“In response to the pandemic, we took the sensible precaution of holding the interviews online and giving businesses the opportunity to deliver a short pitch in place of sending the judges out to see entrants at their premises.


“This year, the interviews will be held in person again, and the judges tour, which is a key differentiator between the BIBAs and other business awards, will also make a welcome return. It gives entrants a unique opportunity to showcase their businesses, people and achievements on their own turf, while allowing the judges to better validate the claims made in applications and at the interview stage.”


The closing date for entries is the 31st March 2023. Awards hopefuls will also be invited to attend the free BIBAs Bootcamp  where they’ll receive valuable advice on what to expect and what makes for a winning entry.

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