Crucial role of Fylde coast’s mid-sized firms

BIBAs awards from the Blackpool Tower ballroom.
A packed ballroom.   PIC BY ROB LOCK
11-9-2015
BIBAs awards from the Blackpool Tower ballroom. A packed ballroom. PIC BY ROB LOCK 11-9-2015
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Medium-sized businesses play a crucial role in the success of Lancashire’s economy, according to a leading legal adviser.

Stephen Chalcraft, principal lawyer for commercial property at law firm Slater and Gordon, said the influence of the sector in the county’s economic prosperity should not be underestimated.

“When we talk about the business community, we often refer to small businesses and major blue-chip firms, but there is a huge amount of people employed in medium-sized businesses.

“In Lancashire, I saw some fantastic medium-sized businesses which were innovating to drive growth and employment and I have every confidence this crucial sector of our economy will continue to deliver in the same way as our small and large businesses are doing”

The lawyer led the judging panel which selected the Medium Business of the Year award for this year’s Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, which his firm is sponsoring.

Next month, the winner of the awards’ 18 prizes will be unveiled at a ceremony held at the Blackpool Tower.

Among the finalists for the Medium Business of the Year category at this year’s awards are Preston-based Lantei Compliance Services, Morecambe firm AM Support Services and Nelson’s Marsden Building Society.

The awards will be handed out at a ceremony on Friday, September 16.

It is expected to take place in front of a sell-out crowd.

Its judging panels have selected the winners of its 17 main prize categories, while winners have also been selected for its Most Inspiring Young Person Award and its Lifetime Achievement Prize,