App will light up a Wall of Fame at top county awards

Visitors: Some of the BIBAs judges on tour
Visitors: Some of the BIBAs judges on tour
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People attending the prize-giving ceremony of one of Lancashire’s leading business awards will be able to get their name in lights without even having to leave their table.

The Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, has launched an exclusive app which will allow people attending its awards night next month to upload photographs taken on the night direct to a Wall of Fame.

They will be beamed live on to a video wall at the Blackpool Tower venue on awards night and be posted online for a global audience to share in the glory.

Andy Whitwood, of app specialists, Mobiomic, which has developed the app, said it would give guests, sponsors and winners at the ceremony a unique new way to share and record their memories.

He said: “The BIBAs is a brand which has become a hallmark for success across Lancashire’s business community and beyond, so everyone involved should be sharing their success.

“Using the BIBAs App people will not only be able to share their joy with people in the room on BIBAs night using the Wall of Fame but with the whole world through the application being posted online.

“It is not the first time the awards have had an app, but we are confident the Wall of Fame will make it the most memorable for everyone involved.”

The Wall of Fame is being sponsored by Mad Science North West, the regional franchise of the global provider of fun science which has reached more than 150,000 schoolchildren across the North West since setting up in 2006.

Director Dr Caroline Chesworth, who won the Business Woman of the Year prize at last year’s BIBAs, said the app would bring a new interactive element to the awards night.

She said: “I have been to so many awards nights where you have to wait until the following day to be able to share your success with friends and peers, but the winners of the BIBAs 2014 will be able to do it instantly.

“These types of apps are part of our everyday lives now, so it is a great idea to introduce them to the awards in such a fun and interactive way.”

The BIBAs awards ceremony, which is being held on Friday, September 12, is a sell-out with more than 1,100 people due to watch 19 prizes handed out to leading members of Lancashire’s business community.

To cater for the demand for tickets, the awards’ organisers, the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, has introduced The BIBAs Balcony which will give guests a superb view over the iconic venue.

In 2014, the BIBAs attracted a record number of entries for its 17 main prize categories with more than 1,200 applications from businesses across Lancashire which were whittled down to a shortlist of 134 entries.

In 2013, John Lancaster, the founder of Ribble Valley-based conservatory manufacturer, Ultraframe, collected the lifetime achievement award.