Call to support small firms

Norman Tenray
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Greater investment is needed to help Britain’s small business community tackle unemployment, according to a Lancashire business leader.

Norman Tenray, president of the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, said there should be a focus on the areas of the economy which are proving to deliver.

In 2014, figures showed small businesses accounted for 60 per cent of employment, outperforming both medium-sized and larger businesses.

OBAS, the Longridge-based firm founded by Mr Tenray, is once again backing the Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, which is now open for applications.

Mr Tenray (pictured) said: “In terms of the number of jobs they continue to deliver and the amount they contribute to UK plc, small businesses have a proven track record of delivery.

“Yet the rhetoric of Government focuses too much on a small handful of the biggest. We need to drop this obsession and rebalance the support.”

He said the BIBAs, the biggest and most-established business awards in Lancashire, plays a crucial role in developing businesses through initiatives such as the BIBAs Academy.

Introduced last year, it offers winners of its prizes access to a package of workshops and support from some of Britain’s top business leaders, led by Lancaster University Management School.

Mr Tenray added: “The BIBAs has gone beyond simply celebrating the achievements of our business community and become a business development opportunity.”

Places are still available for this Friday’s bootcamp sessions.

Any Fylde businesses thinking of entering the awards can apply for a place by visiting