Businesses from across the Fylde have now been told who will make it through to the first round of judging run by a leading business awards.
The Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, have confirmed the applicants which have made its long list which will begin to face judges later this month in a series of face-to-face interviews.
Last week, the awards hosted a special training session for its judging panels to ensure they were ready to face the applicants for its 18 prize categories which have come in from across Lancashire.
The judging sessions get under way on May 15 when the panels which will select the winners of the Manufacturer of the Year and Exporter of the Year prizes meet.
Bev Mullin , of the Department of International Trade (DIT) which is supporting the Exporter of the Year category, said: “The preparation which the judges get ahead of the first round of BIBAs judging is crucial.
“In the time we have with the applicants, we need to ensure we are getting the right information we need to ensure the right businesses are going through to the finals against the judging criteria set down by the BIBAs.
This training ensures we are doing exactly that and we owe it to the applicants to ensure we are as prepared as they are when the interviews get under way.”
The Exporter of the Year judging panel will be led by a representative from DIT alongside Peter Evans, Managing Director at former winner Evans Vanodine, Royal Bank of Scotland’s Sadie Sharples and John Boydell, a director at Ampios Management Partners.
The first round of interviews will continue until May 25.