Final touches being put to the best awards night of all

2013 Bibas winners
2013 Bibas winners
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The final touches are being put to one of the most spectacular nights in Lancashire’s business calendar, the Be Inspired Business Awards.

The ceremony, known as The BIBAs, will take place at the iconic Blackpool Tower on Friday, September 12 in front of a sell-out audience of more than 1,100 people.

Following the prize-giving in the Tower Circus, guests will attend a glamorous dinner held in the Tower Ballroom.

Philip Welsh, who facilitates the Blackpool Business Leadership Group, which is supporting the awards, said the BIBAs would show off one of the resort’s gems in all its glory.

He said: “The Tower is one of the main attractions which is synonymous with Blackpool, ask anyone in the country and they will know about the Tower.

“The BIBAs is exactly the type of event which Blackpool wants to be attracting, an opportunity to invite some of the finest businesses in the area to come and celebrate their achievements in stunning surroundings.

“The BBLG is about driving up confidence in Blackpool and these awards give us an opportunity to show people what we can do – and we cannot wait for September 12.”

The Blackpool Business Leadership Group (BBLG) is a private-sector led organisation that comprises a range of businesses with representation from tourism, manufacturing, construction, retail, finance and other business services.

Babs Murphy, chief executive of the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce which organises the annual awards, said they had yet another surprise awaiting guests as they enter the Tower Ballroom.

She said: “The BIBAs is all about taking people’s breath away, whether that is with the quality of our finalists and winners, the stunning presentation of our awards, or our all-star line-up of entertainment.

“We never rest on our laurels and 2014 is no exception, we have something which I am confident will make people stop and look – and listen.”

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, Lancastrian of the Year, with other winners including Burnley-based textiles firm, Panaz Fabrics, and listed energy broker, Inspired Energy.