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BIBAs judges set to visit the workplace

Babs Murphy and (below) Ellie Hamilton of the BIBAs.

Babs Murphy and (below) Ellie Hamilton of the BIBAs.

Fylde coast companies could be coming under the microscope in the workplace as part of the county’s biggest business awards competition.

The Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, has confirmed it will send its judges into business premises to get a first-hand look at how they operate.

Its judges will go ‘on tour’ as part of a second round of interviews scheduled to take place in June for the 2014 awards which open for applications next Tuesday, January 14.

Yet again, the iconic Blackpool Tower will host the BIBAs’ prize-giving ceremony on Friday, September 12.

In 2013, Daniel Cuffe and Peter Taylor, of Lytham-based events firm Cuffe and Taylor, won the Entrepreneur of the Year prize while Kirkham energy broker Inspired Energy collected the Most Inspiring Business award.

Other Blackpool and Fylde winners included Laila’s Fine Foods (Manufacturer of the Year), building contractors F Parkinson (Employer of the Year), pharmaceutical supplier Healthpoint (Small Business of the Year), and healthcare products manufacturer UPL, of Lytham.

Dr Ellie Hamilton, associate dean for enterprise at Lancaster University Management School, who has been a BIBAs judge for the past five years, said: “I know how difficult understanding how a business operates can be from an application form and a single interview. Going into the heart of the businesses bidding to win a BIBA will give judges an unrivalled understanding of what makes them tick and enable us to select the very best of the best.”

Chamber chief executive Babs Murphy also revealed plans to split the BIBAs’ 
ceremony. It will hold its prize-giving ceremony in the Circus Theatre followed by a celebration dinner in the Tower Ballroom with entertainment by global performers.

She said: “By holding our prize-giving ceremony at the start of the night, we can 
ensure those businesses who pick up prizes are recognised for their outstanding achievements. Then it is down to the ballroom for party time.”

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