We asked Dr. Lis Smith, Principal & CEO of Preston’s College, and Judge for Employer of the Year, what the judges wanted to evidence….


What are the three main qualities you look for in any business/individual you visit as part of the BIBAs judging process?

Drive and passion, understanding of the importance of their employees, understanding of their markets and products/service to innovate.

Without naming names, tell us about the one business or individual you were most impressed with during the BIBAs judging process and why?

A company which was continuously striving to be the best in field through its employees and their development.

What would be the one piece of advice you would offer to any BIBAs applicant?

Be proud to tell us who you are and what you are about, but remember which category you are applying for.

Lis Smith is Principal and Chief Executive at Preston’s College, which sponsored the Employer of the Year category at the BIBAs 2014 and is a sponsor of the BIBAs 2015.


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Closing Date: 31st July 2020