Businesses from across the Fylde coast were among the big winners at a star-studded awards bash held at Blackpool Tower.
The Be Inspired Business Awards – BIBAs – recognise the cream of Lancashire’s business community.
TV presenter Eamonn Holmes and former X Factor star Matt Cardle were the surprise stars at the event as more than 900 people packed into the ballroom for the North and Western Chamber of Commerce annual event, described as “the one they all want to win”.
A total of 18 awards were handed out to businesses judged to be the best in their field.
Daniel Cuffe and Peter Taylor, the team behind Lytham Proms, won the Entrepreneur of the year prize.
Healthpoint in Blackpool walked off with the Small business of the year award while Excellence in customer service went to UPL Ltd in Greenhalgh.
Manufacturer of the year went to Laila’s Fine Foods Ltd in Bispham and Employer of the year was given to F Parkinson Ltd, based in Blackpool.
Finally, the Inspiring Award was presented to Inspired Energy Ltd, Kirkham.
Category winners were:
E-business of the year: Soap Media Ltd, Preston; Exporter of the year: Panaz Ltd, Burnley; Small business of the year: Healthpoint, Blackpool: New business of the year: BR Contracting Ltd, Blackburn; Creative business of the year: The Grand, Clitheroe; Entrepeneur of the year: Daniel Cuffe and Peter Taylor, Lytham; Excellence in customer service: UPL Ltd, Greenhalgh; Manufacturer of the year: Laila’s Fine Foods Ltd, Bispham; Employer of the year: F Parkinson Ltd, Blackpool; Service Business of the year: Springhill Care Group Ltd, Accrington; Green business of the year: Roaming Roosters, Higham; Business woman of the year: Dr Caroline Chesworth, Mad Science, Preston; Medium business of the year: Panaz Ltd, Burnley; Leadership team of the year: Preston Bus; Change for growth: Connect 2 Cleanrooms Ltd: Inspiring Award: Inspired Energy Ltd, Kirkham: Business of the year: Fairbank Environmental Ltd, Skelmersdale; Lancastrian of the year: John Lancaster.