FYlde firms offered world class awards bootcamp

Ellie Hamilton of Lancaster Univertisy Business School
Ellie Hamilton of Lancaster Univertisy Business School
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Fylde coast businesses bidding to win one of the county’s leading awards have been invited to attend a ‘boot camp’ workshop to help their applications to shine.

The BIBAs has teamed up with experts at Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) to stage the interactive session on February 20, starting at 1pm.

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 deadline for applications for awards is on April 10, with the ceremony on September 11.

Babs Murphy, chief executive of BIBAs’ organisers, the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, said tickets were on sale for the awards.

She said: “The BIBAs is a permanent fixture in the calendars of Lancashire’s business community as one of the best of the year.”