BIBAs Academy will support Lancashire talent

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A group of businesses hailed as the best in Lancashire will join an academy of excellence set up by one of the county’s leading business awards.

The 17 winning businesses of the Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, become the latest to join its BIBAs Academy, a partnership set up with Lancaster University Management School.

By partnering with a leading academic institution like Lancaster University Management School in this way, the BIBAs is showing it is more than just a business awards.

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It will see the firms and individuals given access to a programme of masterclass sessions with some of the country’s top business leaders, workshops and networking opportunities. The group is the second to be inducted in to the Academy with the winners of the BIBAs in 2014 having taken part over the past 12 months.

Mark Oulson-Jenkins, of RTR Digital which sponsored the Creative Business of the Year category, urged all winners to make the most of the opportunity.

He said: “To get access to some of the country’s top business leaders as well as experts from the university is a fantastic opportunity for all the BIBAs winners.

“I would urge them all to take every opportunity which the Academy offers and use it to inspire growth within their own business and workforce.

“The BIBAs throws a spotlight on the fantastic range of businesses we have in Lancashire’s economy and gives me huge confidence in our ability to keep driving innovation and prosperity.”

Babs Murphy, chief executive of awards organisers, the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, said the Academy’s full programme would be unveiled in the coming months.

She said: “By partnering with a leading academic institution like Lancaster University Management School in this way, the BIBAs is showing it is more than just a business awards.”

“We have already seen the benefits the BIBAs Academy has delivered to our 2014 winners and I have no doubt our 2015 winners will reap huge rewards.

“It is all about building a stronger business community for Lancashire, delivering jobs, growth and prosperity for all.”

Ian Hall, chairman of James Hall and Co which operates Spar stores across the North, was the winner of the BIBAs’ lifetime achievement prize, Lancastrian of the Year.

His son, Dominic, Deputy Managing Director of the Preston-based group, collected the award on behalf of his father in front of a sell-out crowd at the Blackpool Tower.

Fylde accountancy firm Danbro picked up the Business of the Year prize with Blackpool-based Jobs, Friends, Houses CIC scooping the Most Inspiring Business of the Year category.