A leading figure at one of the world’s biggest banks has hailed the work of a new charity set up by one of Lancashire’s leading business awards.

Ian Bakewell, Senior Investment Director at Investec, the leading specialist banking and asset management group, said the work of the new BIBAs Foundation would help inspire the entrepreneurs and business owners of the future.

The bank is among the leading figures to support the Lancashire Community Foundation which has set up the BIBAs Foundation alongside the Be Inspired Business Awards, which Investec is sponsoring this year.

Last week, the Foundation handed out more than £7,000 to four community groups to help set-up projects aimed at boosting enterprise across the county.

Ian Bakewell said: “Lancashire has a rich history of enterprise and strong business leaders which dates back to the days of the Industrial Revolution when it led the world in terms of innovation.

“This legacy has been passed down through generations and the business community of today has a duty to continue this chain for the entrepreneurs and business leaders of the future.”

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