Business award stars set to shine as finalists revealed

Babs Murphy at last year's BIBAs.
Babs Murphy at last year's BIBAs.
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Gruelling interviews are set to start next week after the finalists in the biggest business awards in the county were announced.

The Be Inspired in Business Awards (BIBAs)have attracted an extraordinary level of entries from some of Lancashire’s top-performing companies, with the quality and standard of entrants “exceptional” according to organisers.

Hailed as the ‘one they all want to win’, the BIBAs 2013 opened in January and now the shortlist for the 16 categories of the BIBAs, has been drawn up.

Finalists will have a week to collect their thoughts before going in front of the judges in Blackpool for the last time to explain why they deserve to be a winner.

Chief executive of the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, Babs Murphy said: “The BIBAs have gone from strength to strength, showcasing the achievements of businesses of all sizes and types.

“It is wonderful to see so many companies which refuse to let the ongoing economic challenges distract their focus and I believe these awards will help give them the recognition they so justly 

The finals ceremony of the BIBAs will take place on Friday, September 20 at the Blackpool Tower where businesses will celebrate in style.

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E-Business of the Year

Barcadia Media Ltd, Blackpool; Soap Media Ltd, Preston; duk~pond, Preston; Promineo Limited, Preston; Perfect Darts, Mellor; The Ink Squid Limited, Blackpool; Supplement Solutions Ltd, Preston; SATO Creative Limited, Lancaster.

Exporter of the Year

Group55 Limited, Preston; AGC Chemicals Europe Ltd, Thornton Cleveleys; Panaz Ltd, Burnley; Pi, Burnley; Singleton’s Dairy Ltd, Preston; Talent Dynamics, Preston; Connect 2 Cleanrooms Ltd, Lancaster; Dudley Industries Limited, Lytham St Annes.

Small Business of the Year

Stone Edge Ltd, Nelson; Denwa Communications, Barrowford; The Whalley Wine Shop, Whalley; Cuffe & Taylor, Lytham St Annes; Healthpoint, Blackpool; NuBlue, Lancaster; Bleep UK PLC, Preston; Inteb Sustainability, Bilsborrow.

New Business of the Year

BR Contracting Limited, Blackburn; TNP Ltd, Lancaster; Kaos Adventure, Lytham St Annes; Colossal Training Ltd, Blackpool; Choc Amor, Croston; Astute Motoring Limited, Preston; Paul Turner Displays Ltd, Poulton; SEO 24/7 Ltd, Lancaster.

Creative Business of the Year

Palmer Publicity Services, Preston; Door4 (CATZL UK Ltd), Blackburn; ICG, Preston; Mad Science, Preston; NuBlue, Lancaster; The Grand at Clitheroe, Clitheroe; Fat Media Ltd, Lancaster; Wild Things Funky Little Dresses, Chorley.

Entrepreneur of the Year

Janet Thorton – Inspired Energy PLC, Kirkham; Adrian Meakin – The Ink Squid, Blackpool; Rob Scott – Denwa Communications, Barrowford; Daniel Cuffe & Peter Taylor – Cuffe & Taylor, Blackpool; Gordon Bolton – Bleep UK PLC, Preston; Nigel Eastwood – New Call Telecom Ltd, Burnley; Bob Seddon – Healthpoint, Blackpool; Matt Ratcliff and Daniel Jay – BR Contracting Ltd, Blackburn.

Excellence in Customer Service

Frog & Bucket Comedy Club, Preston; UPL (M) Ltd, Greenhalgh; NuBlue, Lancaster; Mayes Accountants, Blackburn; Kimora Womenswear, Barrowford; Hesketh Press Ltd, Fleetwood; Ainscough Training Services, Preston; Assured Cleaning Services Ltd, Preston.

Green Business

JJO Plc, Bacup; Inteb Sustainability, Bilsborrow; Preston Bus Ltd, Preston; Roaming Roosters, Higham.

Manufacturer of the Year

SPS EU Ltd, Blackpool; Bleep UK Plc, Preston; Panaz Ltd, Burnley; Laila’s Fine Foods Ltd, Bispham; Playtime UK Ltd, Blackpool; Connect 2 Cleanrooms, Lancaster; Pakawaste Ltd, Preston; UPL(M) Ltd, Greenhalgh.

Employer of the Year

Ainscough Training Services, Preston; DANBRO, Blackpool; Fairbanks Environmental Ltd, Skelmersdale; Magma Digital Ltd, Preston; The Mosaic Care Group, Preston; NuBlue, Lancaster; F Parkinson Ltd, Blackpool; Preston Bus Ltd, Preston.

Service Business of the Year

Mayes Accountants, Blackburn; Assured Cleaning Services Ltd, Preston; Warrantywise, Clayton-le-Moors; QED Ltd, Preston; ICG, Preston; Springhill Care Group Limited, Accrington; Central Power Services Limited, Preston; Preston Bus Ltd, Preston.

Business Woman of the Year

Hannah Wild – Supplement Solutions Ltd, Preston; Claire Fryer – Mosaic Care Group, Preston; Kirsty Henshaw – Worthenshaws Ltd, Preston; Dr Caroline Chesworth – Mad Science, Preston; Sarah Cooper – Black Zest Solutions, Lancaster; Lesley Yates – Canal Boat Cruises, Preston; Deborah Parker – Progress Employment Support, Blackpool; Susan Rashid – SR Supply Chain Consultants, Blackburn.

Medium Business of the Year

Warrantywise, Clayton-le-Moors; Panaz Ltd, Burnley; Fairbanks Environmental Ltd, Skelmersdale; Fat Media Ltd, Lancaster; The Mosaic Care Group, Preston; New Call Telecom Ltd, Burnley; F Parkinson Ltd, Blackpool; Mad Science, Preston.

Leadership Team of the Year

DANBRO, Blackpool; Laila’s Fine Foods Ltd, Bispham; F Parkinson Ltd, Blackpool; Magma Digital Ltd, Preston; Fairbanks Environmental Ltd, Skelmersdale; Ainscough Training Services, Preston; Central Power Services Limited, Preston; Preston Bus Ltd.

Change for Growth

Inteb Sustainability, Bilsborrow; Connect 2 Cleanrooms Ltd, Lancaster; SPS EU Ltd, Blackpool; NuBlue, Lancaster; Roaming Roosters, Higham; Warrantywise, Clayton-le-Moors; DANBRO, Blackpool; accessplanit, Lancaster.

Business of the Year

Bowker Motor Group, Preston; DANBRO, Blackpool; Fairbanks Environmental Ltd, Skelmersdale; UPL (M) Ltd, Greenhalgh; NSG Environmental Ltd, Chorley; Laila’s Fine Foods Ltd, Bispham; SPS EU Ltd, Blackpool; Bleep UK Plc, Preston.

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