More than three-quarters of the cash spent to stage one of Lancashire’s biggest business awards has been spent with businesses in the county, organisers have said.
The North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce said it has secured 76 per cent of the suppliers for everything from accommodation to wine, champagne andchocolates to executive travel for the prize-giving ceremony of the Be Inspired Business Awards, locally.
A further 12 per cent of the suppliers to the ceremony at the Blackpool Tower in September come from the rest of the North West, meaning just 12 per cent coming from outside the region.
Chamber chief executive Babs Murphy (pictured) said the ceremony’s A-list celebrities were the only people being hired from the rest of the country.
She said: “The BIBAs entertainment has become legendary with our previous headline acts including opera star Russell Watson and Spandau Ballet’s Tony Hadley, so we have had to go international in search of the star of this year’s show. We promised that we would reveal how much of the money we are spending with Lancashire firms on supplying our prize-giving ceremony and we have done, and there is more to come. We are proud to support our local business community both in terms of the work with do with them before, during and after the BIBAs process, but also the financial contribution our awards make to those businesses.”
The suppliers include chauffeur transport provided by Fylde Executive Cars, accommodation by The Big Blue Hotel and The Imperial in Blackpool, the main caterer for the awards at the Blackpool Tower on September 12 is Heathcote and Co, the outside catering firm owned by celebrity chef Paul Heathcote.
Babs Murphy added: “The BIBAs is not about making profit, it is about making a difference.”