Fylde firms which have entered one of the biggest business awards in the North West will not have too long to wait to see if they have made it through to the judging stage.
The first shortlists for the Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBA, will be announced within the next week, it has been revealed.
The organisers have confirmed that eligibility checks are being carried out on the applications its 18 prize categories have received from across the county.
The team from the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce will inform those applicants which have been successful on Friday with each category having a shortlist of 12 candidates to face the judges in the first round of interviews starting next month.
Carole Myers, of North West marketing agency Conception Marketing, said she had been impressed by the quality of applications she had seen in the Manufacturer of the Year category which her firm is sponsoring.
She said: “I have been sifting through the applications from some fantastic manufacturing businesses from across Lancashire.
“The toughest job will be getting the shortlist down to just 12 applications as there could be many more applicants facing the panel in the first round of interviews.
“The manufacturing industry is a key part of the role which Lancashire plays within the Northern Powerhouse, so Conception Marketing is delighted to be backing such an important part of the BIBAs celebration this year.”
The awards’ judges will begin their first round of interviewing when the Best Use of IT category judges meet on May 16 at the start of a 10-day period of first round interviews.
They will select the finalists for each category who will then be visited by judging panels when the BIBAs hosts its unique ‘Judges on Tour’ second round of interviews starting on June 20.
The awards will be handed out on Friday September 16 in a glittering winners’ ceremony to be held in the Blackpool Tower ballroom.