What last year’s winners have to say about their BIBAs success

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We’ve been asking past winners about their experiences, here’s what some of them have had to say.

Derry Green is the owner and CEO of The Secret Garden, a luxury glamping business that won last year’s Start-Up Business of the Year award.

He said: “The application process was very simple, easy to follow and really made me set aside some time to focus on what makes our business so successful, which is something I wouldn’t normally get to do.

“When we were announced as one of the winners, I was literally blown away! It was an honour to get to the final, and I’m sure everybody says it, but we genuinely didn’t think we would win. It’s like nothing I have ever experienced before, just sheer joy!

“I will certainly be entering again, and it is more to test the business and to see how we can improve rather than to win, but that is always a bonus.”

Rebecca Jane is CEO of RJ8 which won the Community Business of the Year award in 2022.

She had this to say:

“Who doesn’t want to win a BIBA?! It’s the ultimate in Northern business awards! It was our first time entering, and the division of our work that we entered was only 9 months old. I did think it was possibly ‘too soon’, but I really believed in what we were doing.

“Our BIBA award went on tour! The week after we won, I took the BIBA everywhere I went! She ended up with the editor of a north west business magazine and on national television twice! Trust me, we milked it! She still sits pride of place in the office, and everyone refers to her as ‘Beatrix the BIBA’!

“I absolutely, and wholeheartedly would enter the BIBAs again. If you’ve got something to shout about, let people see it!”


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What last year's winners have to say about their BIBAs success
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