Guests at the ceremony held for one of Lancashire’s biggest business awards will get the chance to donate to one of the county’s newest charities this month.

The Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, will hold a collection around its sell-out ceremony at the Blackpool Tower next Friday, September 11 to raise funds for its BIBAs Foundation.

The Foundation, set up with the Lancashire Community Foundation, was set up by the awards to offer grants of up to £2,000 to support projects which boost enterprise in the county.

Babs Murphy, chief executive of BIBAs’ organisers, the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, said: “As a not-for-profit business awards, the BIBAs put more than £30,000 of profits from the 2014 awards and money collected at our ceremony in to the Foundation.

“That is what we are going to do again in 2015 and we are hoping our generous guests will be able to add to this with donations of their own.

“We have already started to hand this out to enterprising projects across Lancashire and, with the support of our business community, we want to continue to do so for generations to come.”

Last month, the BIBAs handed out more than £7,000 in grants to the East Lancashire Deaf Society, Hyndburn Arts Trust, Red Rose Sports Club and disabled services provider Spring into Action CIC.

The funding will support projects to give young people, aged 16-24 years old, business skills including running a theatre production company, becoming freelance sports coaches and setting up their own businesses.

  • Two star acts will perform for another sell-out crowd at one of Lancashire’s biggest business awards next week.

    The Be Inspired Business Awards has confirmed it has two headliners for the prize-giving ceremony at the Blackpool Tower on Friday, September 11.

    But, its organisers, the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, is keeping the identity of the acts under wraps.

    A spokesman said: “The BIBAs has a pedigree of delivering first-class entertainment, as proven last year by the appearance of Peter Andre, and in previous years with the likes of Tony Hadley, Matt Cardle and Russell Watson.

    “We are not going to spoil the surprise for our guests, but we can promise another great night of entertainment.”

    The main act is due on stage at around 11pm following a sumptuous dinner, served by Blackpool caterers Rowleys’ Offside, and the awards ceremony.

    The night will be rounded off with an after-party disco hosted by Smooth Radio with the night ending around 1.30am on Saturday morning.

    All guests should have received details of the evening, if you have any questions please contact the BIBAs team on 01772 653000.

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