Judges seek winners for Fylde coast BIBAs ceremony

The BIBAs finals in Blackpool
The BIBAs finals in Blackpool

The judging panel for the BIBAs is this week on the road to meet finalists across the county.

The Be Inspired Business Awards, has started its second round of interviews, The BIBAs On Tour, which will see judges for its 18 prize categories cover 4,000 miles over the next month.

The stage is sponsored by BLM, which specialises in commercial law and insurance risk, and aims to get under the skin of the finalists before selecting the winners.

Yesterday the second round of judging got under way with the Small Business of the Year judges meeting their eight finalists. Today it is the turn of the Service Business of the Year panel.

Alexandra Wood, senior associate at BLM, said: "There is only so much you can tell about an individual or a business from an application form and an interview and that is why the BIBAs

goes the extra mile to find out what its finalists are really about.

"When you meet a business owner in their working environment and meet the team which makes their business tick, you get a far deeper understanding of what sets them apart from

the other finalists in their category.

"BLM has ten judges representing us on some of the BIBAs this year and we cannot wait to meet the people which make Lancashire's business community so special."

The finalists have already been announced following a selection process which saw hundreds of applicants meet the judges for face-to-face interviews last month.

The BIBAs on Tour round of judging continues until 11 July when the Business of the Year category judges, led by the awards’ headline sponsor, Cuadrilla Resources, selects its

winners.

On Friday, 14 September, the awards will host its annual prize-giving ceremony in the Tower Ballroom at The Blackpool Tower.