Awards boost for Blackpool

Martin Long, chairman of Blackpool Business Leaders Group
Martin Long, chairman of Blackpool Business Leaders Group
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The BIBAs business awards is already boosting Blackpool’s economy, according to a group which represents firms in the resort.

The Blackpool Business Leadership Group said hotels had already seen an upturn in accommodation bookings from guests attending the Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, which takes place at the Blackpool Tower on Friday.

It comes after the awards revealed it had spent £140,000 with suppliers in Lancashire for this year’s ceremony, including with a number of firms from Blackpool. BBLG chairman Martin Long (pictured)said this double boost would continue the awards’ long-standing support for the town’s economy.

He said: “Blackpool is blessed with a number of excellent venues which attract an all-star list of events from music concerts to awards nights such as the BIBAs.

“Every year when the BIBAs comes to town, we see hotel bookings rise with people staying in the resort on the night of the ceremony and many of them will eat in a restaurant, drink in a bar or visit our shopping centres.”

Danny Houghton, from chartered accountants Moore and Smalley, said the impact of events to Lancashire’s economy could not be underestimated. He said: “Business awards ceremonies, conferences and exhibitions attract thousands to Lancashire every year, bringing with them disposable income which boosts hotels, restaurants, bars and many other service industries.”

The BIBAs awards takes place in the Tower Ballroom from 6.30pm on Friday and will see 19 prizes handed out to companies and individuals from across the county.