Black-ties and business at annual awards

The TotalCRB team give a collective cheers at the BIBAs 2017, at the Tower Ballroom
The TotalCRB team give a collective cheers at the BIBAs 2017, at the Tower Ballroom
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Around 1,000 business people and guests packed into the world-famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom for the annual Be Inspired Business Awards (BIBAS).

Organised by the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, the BIBAS see local firms and business people recognised for their efforts and success.

Chatting before the awards

Chatting before the awards

After a rigorous judging process, a crop of awards were presented at the black-tie event – including the Lancastrian of The Year lifetime achievement award, to Wrea Green-based businessman and Preston Guild Hall owner Simon Rigby, Business Person of The Year to Ashley Hackett, of Blackpool FC Community Trust and Leisure Business of the Year Award to the Winter Gardens.

Actor Nigel Havers – known for starring in TV shows such as Upstairs Downstairs an Don’t Wait Up and with film credits including Chariots Of Fire and A Passage To India – was the surprise guest presenter for this year’s event and entertainment came from Boyzlife and Smooth FM.

The BIBAs is Lancashire’s biggest and longest-running award scheme.

To find out more about the awards, visit www.thebibas.co.uk

A packed ballroom for the BIBAs

A packed ballroom for the BIBAs

Brian and Karen Coope

Brian and Karen Coope

Mark Timmerman, Mandy Ditchfield, Helen Roughley, Elaine Melia, Jenny Linton, Jenna Massingham, Tracy Hitch and Tony Trainor

Mark Timmerman, Mandy Ditchfield, Helen Roughley, Elaine Melia, Jenny Linton, Jenna Massingham, Tracy Hitch and Tony Trainor

Chatting before the awards

Chatting before the awards

The team from Fairbanks, with L-R: Adam Lowe, Pippa Barlow, Jessica Klassen, Rebecca Orford and David McHale

The team from Fairbanks, with L-R: Adam Lowe, Pippa Barlow, Jessica Klassen, Rebecca Orford and David McHale

Yudu Media team, with L-R: Charlie Stephenson, David Regan, Andrew Bibby and Shaun Ormerod

Yudu Media team, with L-R: Charlie Stephenson, David Regan, Andrew Bibby and Shaun Ormerod