What are the three main qualities you look for in any business/individual you visit as part of the BIBAs judging process?
– Inspirational personal leadership that can be demonstrated to have impacted on the business
– clear vision for the business and energy to deliver the vision
– measures of success, for example customer/client and staff satisfaction, financial viability, growth
Without naming names, tell us about the one business or individual you were most impressed with during the BIBAs judging process and why?
During the BIBA judging process the panel was particularly impressed by the candidate who had grown the business through their own initiative, overcome challenges to secure funding for the growth of the business and demonstrated excellent support for the development and welfare of staff.
The individual was able to demonstrate their personal input to the development of a vibrant team and was at the centre of the decision making to expand the business.
What would be the one piece of advice you would offer to any BIBAs applicant?
Remember that there are many indicators of success apart from the profitability of a business.
The award winner will be someone who stands out from their competitors across the range of measures. Good luck!
Lynne Livesey is Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and will chair the judging panel for the Business Woman of the Year category at the BIBAs 2015.