Blackpool bootcamp set to launch BIBAs awards hunt

Fylde entrepreneur Simon Rigby who won the Lancastrian of the Year award at the 2016 BIBAs
Fylde entrepreneur Simon Rigby who won the Lancastrian of the Year award at the 2016 BIBAs

Blackpool is set to be the venue for a bootcamp to help business leaders aiming to enter the county’s biggest awards.

The The Be Inspired Business Awards have opened for nominations and this year have 18 categories up for grabs.

Its judging panel, made up of leading members of the business community, will carry out two rounds of interviews including the BIBAs unique second round of judging when panels visit the finalists.

To help businesses get the most from the entry process a free event will be held at the Amy Johnson Way offices of the organisation behind the awards – the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce.

It will offer advice on completing application forms and preparing for the awards’ interview stages.

Francis Egan, CEO of Cuadrilla Resources which is sponsoring the Business of the Year category for the second year running, said: “We are proud to be sponsoring the Business of the Year category again as, like other local businesses, we passionately believe in the role as business has to play in the wider community as well as creating local jobs and revenue for the region.

“Each year that Cuadrilla has been involved with the BIBAs, I have consistently heard stories not only of the inspirational achievements of businesses applying for the awards, but the benefits they also have gained from their applications.”

In 2017, Wrea Green entrepeneur and Preston Guild Hall owner Simon Rigby was given the Lancastrian of the Year honour.

Categories: Exporter of the Year ; Manufacturer; Small Business ; Service Business; Micro Business ; New Business; Employer; Family Business; Leisure and Tourism Business; Creative Agency.

Engineering Business; Professional Service Business; Construction Business; Third Sector Business; Business Person; Transport & Distribution Business; Medium Business; Business. Most Inspiring Young Person (by nomination only) Lancastrian of the Year (by nomination only).

Details at www.thebibas.co.uk.