County stalwarts to pick their successor

Colin Mustoe of Senator International, 2012's winner of the Lancastrian of the Year award.
Colin Mustoe of Senator International, 2012's winner of the Lancastrian of the Year award.
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Judges are meeting in Blackpool this week to choose the winners for the BIBA awards.

With a record number of entries the Be Inspired in Business awards are still “the one they all want to win” and candidates from the final shortlist have been summoned to the North and Western Chamber of Commerce’s offices in Blackpool to have their 15 minutes of fame with the judging panel.

The finalists have been announced but one award which is being kept totally under wraps is the Lancastrian of the Year title.

An elite group of Lancastrians of the Year, which includes Denis Mendoras, Edwin Booth, Tim Webber, Philip McIvor and Colin Mustoe will be meeting to decide who their successor will be for 2013.

The prize goes to an individual who has demonstrated recognised leadership in the field of business and who has made exemplary contributions to advance the goals and principals of the business community in Lancashire.

Babs Murphy, Chief Executive of the Chamber said: “Lancastrian of the Year has already attracted intense interest and much speculation but I’m afraid nothing will be revealed until the ceremony - but I can guarantee that Lancastrian of the Year will be worthy of this high profile accolade.”

Martin Long, chair of Blackpool Business Leadership Group, sponsors of the BIBAs, said: “We are delighted to be involved in an event that showcases business and enterprise right here in Blackpool. This competition is about celebrating business excellence and engendering a mood of confidence, particularly among small to medium enterprises.”

“The Chamber is the largest business support organisation in Lancashire and represents a diverse range of business ranging from micro, SME’s and large Multinational organisations.

“With our roots firmly embedded with Lancashire’s Business community , we are deeply committed to the area and it’s only natural that we play our part in recognising our local business talent.

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