Academy of excellence for all the top awards winners

Winners: The BIBAs ceremony
Winners: The BIBAs ceremony
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Winners of one of Lancashire’s biggest business awards will be put through an exclusive training programme.

The Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, have linked up with Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) to launch the BIBAs Academy which will be offered to the 17 winners of this year’s awards due to be handed out in September.

It will see the winners offered leadership masterclasses with the likes of mountaineer and LUMS Chancellor Sir Chris Bonington, Jo Fairley, the founder of chocolate brand Green and Blacks and Will Butler-Adams, the boss of folding bicycle brand, Brompton Bikes.

They will also benefit from workshops held by LUMS experts and a networking event with some of Lancashire’s leading business figures.

Norman Tenray, managing director of OBAS UK which is sponsoring the Small Business of the Year category who is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at LUMS, said: “The BIBAs Academy will provide a targeted package of support for some of Lancashire’s brightest and best businesses.

“Through access to the calibre of entreApreneurs and leaders we are able to link the BIBAs 2014 winners to and the package of support the LUMS team can offer, the Academy will ensure these firms continue to thrive and bring prosperity to Lancashire.”

Babs Murphy, chief executive of the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, said it had put a “significant” sum into setting up the BIBAs Academy which would become a permanent part of the awards programme.

It follows a unique research project which bench-marked the BIBAs against some of the world’s leading business awards, series of ‘boot camp’ workshops for firms applying for its 17 categories and a programme of intensive judges’ training already run by LUMS experts.

The chief executive added: “Yet again, the BIBAs is refusing to rest on its laurels and proving why it is truly ‘the one they all want to win’ for Lancashire businesses.

“The BIBAs Academy will provide our winners with extra value and have a genuine benefit to their bottom line rather than just being honoured as the leading lights in the county.”