Academy of Excellence

An academy of excellence awaits the winners of one of Lancashire’s leading business awards.

The Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, has 20 prize categories up for grabs this year and the winners of each award will enter its BIBAs Academy.

The programme of growth workshops, exclusive behind-the-scenes tours to top firms and masterclass sessions with business leaders is backed by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Last week, the businesses which picked up awards at the BIBAs last September attended a workshop hosted by Kevin Roberts, the Lancashire-born former Chief Executive Officer of super-brand, Saatchi & Saatchi.

Sue Smith, Director of Innovation and Enterprise at UCLan, said:

“Business awards are fantastic for recognising the achievements of those people who excel in creating growth and enterprise in our communities, but the BIBAs goes further with its winners Academy. Through the Centre for SME Development, we are delighted to be involved in delivering this programme which aims to make the best in Lancashire even better.

Our recent session for BIBAs winners with Kevin Roberts was a great example of how what we provide via the Academy offers real value that can be applied in businesses to deliver a positive impact and improve productivity”.

All those attending the Academy also receive access to the broad range of business support programmes available through UCLan, many of which are fully funded for Lancashire businesses.

The Academy is also supported by MHA Moore & Smalley, the Lancashire-headquartered firm of business advisors and chartered accountants.

The workshop with Kevin Roberts followed recent visits to leading businesses including BAE Systems and Cuadrilla Resources, and a workshop with Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce.

The BIBAs gets underway with its first round of interviews held at the Fylde Coast office of the awards’ organisers, the North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, on May 13.

The Service Business of the Year and Small Business of the Year judging panels will be the first to meet representatives of up to 12 businesses selected for their category.

The judging panel for the Medium Business of the Year will bring the first round of judging to a close on Friday, May 24.

On June 3, all applicants will be informed which of them have made it through to the awards’ ceremony in September.

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

Closing Date: 29th March 2019