Shout about your victories

Lancashire’s award-winning businesses must use their status to promote their goods and services, a business support expert has said.

Maria Coupe, director of Shout Network, said the winners of the Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, should look to seek to maximise their award wins to differentiate themselves from their competition.

Shout Network is the social media sponsor of this year’s awards which are open for applications until April 6.

Following the closure of the deadline, applicants will go through two rounds of judging before the winners are selected and unveiled at a glittering ceremony in September.

Mrs Coupe said: “Any business or individual who wins at the BIBAs has done so because they do something which is very special and sets them apart as the best of the very best, and that is something they should be shouting from the rooftops.

“The majority of businesses have their own social media channels these days and the judging rounds of the BIBAs are an excellent opportunity to use them to step in to the spotlight which the awards offer.

“There are tens of thousands of people out there across Lancashire and beyond who will be following the judging and it is up to those businesses involved to tell their stories.”

The BIBAs is now in its tenth year and is expected to receive applications from across the county in the coming weeks which will be eligibility-checked by the awards organisers before being down-selected ahead of a first round of judging.

These face-to-face interviews get underway from May 14 followed by a unique second round of judging when the BIBAs panels go ‘on tour’ to visit the finalists in their category.

The BIBAs has 18 prize categories, including Construction Business of the Year, Professional Services Business of the Year and Employer of the Year, which are open for applications for a further month.

In 2017, the winners of the Business of the Year category, Burnley-based refrigerated vehicle specialist, CoolKit, also collected the Manufacturer of the Year award, while Preston-based Sunshine Events also winning two categories, Employer of the Year and Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility.

Fox Brothers, which is headquartered in Poulton-le-Fylde, was the winner of the Construction Business of the Year, with Blackburn non-profit making body, Community and Business Partners, winning the Third Sector of the Year category.

For full details of the awards up for grabs at the BIBAs 2018, visit its official website at

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

Closing Date: 27th March 2020