Lancashire businesses bidding to land one of the county’s leading awards have been invited to attend a ‘boot camp’ workshop to help their applications to shine.
The Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, has teamed up with experts at Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) to stage the interactive session on Friday, February 20 starting at 1pm.
It will include a range of activities and group discussion to ensure all those seeking to enter the awards’ 18 categories to produce a well-written and creative entry, and prepare for the interview stages of the awards.
Professor Ellie Hamilton, Associate Dean for Enterprise, Engagement and Impact at LUMS, said the session would be formed around the results of a research project undertaken by the university to bench-mark the BIBAs against the world’s leading awards.
She said: “When we carried out this research, we looked at the applications submitted by businesses to awards including America’s top business awards The Stevie’s and the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise here in the UK.
“From this we were able to see what the world’s leading businesses put in to their applications as well as what the judges at these leading awards were seeking from applicants.
“All this learning has gone in to formulating the programme for our BIBAs Boot Camp event which we will deliver to those seeking to entry the 2015 awards.
“At the end of it, we hope to be able to give them enough information and inspiration to produce an application capable of getting through to the latter stages of the BIBAs.”
The awards, the biggest and most-established business awards in Lancashire, are now open for applications.
The deadline for applications closes on April 10 with the prize-giving ceremony being staged at The Blackpool Tower on September 11.
Babs Murphy, chief executive of BIBAs organisers the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, said tickets were already on sale for the awards evening.
She said: “The BIBAs is a permanent fixture in the calendars of Lancashire’s business community as one of the best of the year.
“It might be seven months until we gather at the iconic Blackpool Tower but we are already selling tickets for this year’s ceremony, so anyone wishing to attend should buy their tickets quickly.”
Last year, the BIBAs ceremony was held in front of a sell-out crowd of nearly 1,200 people with after-show entertainment from pop star, Peter Andre.
Eric Wright, the founder of the Eric Wright Group construction firm, picked up the awards’ top prize, Lancastrian of the Year, with Bamber Bridge-based Chemical Innovations winning the Business of the Year category and Preston charity The Foxton Centre collecting the Most Inspiring Business of the Year.
The awards has also launched the BIBAs Foundation, supported by the Lancashire Community Foundation, which will manage a fund boosted by profits from the 2014 awards to boost enterprise among young people throughout the county.
Last week, it announced more than £30,000 was available in grants to 16-24 year olds and groups supporting them through the Foundation.
For further details, visit thebibas.dev.test.