BIBAs winners are chosen

The BIBAs awards
The BIBAs awards
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The winners of one of Lancashire’s leading business awards have been selected after it completed a unique second round of judging.

The Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, has spent the past month sending its judges on tour to meets the finalists for each of its 18 prize categories.

It has seen the judges turn more than 2,000 miles to all visit all four corners of Lancashire which concluded last week, when the judges for its Business of the Year category met their finalists.

The round of judging has been sponsored by BLM Law, the North West insurance risk and commercial law firm, which has been part of 10 judging panels.

Alexandra Wood, Senior Associate at BLM Law who was part of the medium business of the Year judging panel, said: “The BIBAs on Tour has been an inspirational journey for everyone at BLM Law who has taken part.

“It has been an honour to participate in the BIBAs and meet so many businesses that are positively impacting the region. We read the applications then met the finalists for face-to-face interviews as part of the first round of judging.

"We could not have truly understood what makes each business so special without seeing them in their own premises.

“The BIBAs has created a fantastic platform to showcase the success of the business community in Lancashire, it really is the ‘one they all want to win’ and the finalists put everything in to the application and judging rounds, so we were delighted we were to be able to ensure they got every opportunity to show the judges what makes them so special.”

Last Wednesday, the Business of the Year judging panel, which was led by Chris Hayes, of BIBAs headline sponsor, Cuadrilla Resources, and included BLM Law’s Daniel Varney, met their finalists. The prizes will be handed out in the Tower Ballroom on September 14.