BIBAs, the ones they want to win

Above, Chamber Chief Executive Babs Murphy. Above below, scenes from last year's BIBAs ceremony at Blackpool Tower, which saw a guest appearance by X Factor winner Matt Cardle.

Above, Chamber Chief Executive Babs Murphy. Above below, scenes from last year's BIBAs ceremony at Blackpool Tower, which saw a guest appearance by X Factor winner Matt Cardle.

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Businesses across Lancashire are celebrating earning the chance to lift one of the county’s leading awards this year.

The Be Inspired Business Awards, the Bibas, has produced its shortlists for the 17 prizes it will hand out at its annual prize-giving ceremony at Blackpool Tower in September.

BIBA Awards at Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Pre-dinner drinks.

BIBA Awards at Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Pre-dinner drinks.

This year’s competition has attracted a record number of entries. The 17 judging panels will judge their final category, the Business of the Year winner, on Friday, May 30.

Seventy three business leaders from across the county will make up the judging panels at this year’s awards.

To help them out, they’ve been given a training session by experts at Lancaster University Management School (LUMS).

The one-day session saw the judges given the lowdown on the criteria, developed by a unique research project into the world’s leading business awards by LUMS, which they will use to pick the winners.

Babs Murphy, Chief executive of North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce said: “We know the record number of entries we received for this year’s Bibas put everything into making their applications the best they can be.

“We know our judges cannot afford to be anything other than completely prepared for what our applicants will throw at them, which is why we have left nothing to chance.

“I think our judges went into the training sessions realising the Bibas are Lancashire’s leading business awards and came out realising exactly why they’re the one they all want to win.”