Judges get in training for Lancashire’s business awards

The bibas at Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Business Woman of the Year-Dr Caroline Chesworth of Mad Science (Preston).
The bibas at Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Business Woman of the Year-Dr Caroline Chesworth of Mad Science (Preston).
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A number of leading figures from Lancashire’s business community have been unveiled on the judging panels for one of the county’s leading awards.

The Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, has hand-picked judges from a range of industries across the county to select the winners of the 18 prizes it will hand out at a ceremony in September.

We know that all businesses entering the BIBAs put their hearts and soul in to completing their entries, so we want to ensure the judges are ready to match their dedication and enthusiasm.

Professor Ellie Hamilton

Adam Armstrong, transformation leader for global creative agency Saatchi and Saatchi, will head up the panel for the prestigious Business of the Year prize alongside former BIBAs winner Norman Tenray, of Longridge builders’ merchant, OBAS UK, and Abbey Telecom managing director, Tony Raynor.

Other former BIBAs winners among the judges include Kirsty Henshaw, the entrepreneur behind food range, Kirsty’s, Ghostbikes.com managing director Adam Patel, and Caroline Chesworth, who founded educational franchise, Mad Science North West.

The competition closed for applications last week with entries flooding in from all four corners of the county bidding to win the awards – dubbed “the one they all want to win”.

Tomorrow all judges will undergo a rigorous training programme with experts at Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) ahead of the first round of interviews which take place next month.

Professor Ellie Hamilton, associate dean at LUMS, said: “We know that all businesses entering the BIBAs put their hearts and soul in to completing their entries, so we want to ensure the judges are ready to match their dedication and enthusiasm.

“The programme of training we have developed is based a research project carried out by LUMS to benchmark the awards against other similar awards both here in Lancashire and across the world.

“This showed us the best practice which is required to set the BIBAs apart and ensuring judges are asking the right questions is a key part of that.”

For more information, visit www.thebibas.co.uk.