Lancashire businesses vying for honours at the county’s top awards ceremony are to be quizzed by judges in their premises for the first time.
A spokesman from the Be Inspired Business Awards (BIBAs) has confirmed it will send judges into businesses to get a first-hand look at how they operate.
They will go “on tour” as part of a second round of interviews, scheduled to take place in June. The awards will open for applications on January 14.
BIBAs judge Ellie Hamilton, associate dean for enterprise at Lancaster University Management School, said: “By sending judges on tour, the BIBAs is again setting the standard for business awards to ensure it truly is the one they all want to win.
“I know how difficult understanding how a business operates can be from an application form and a single interview.
“Going into businesses bidding to win a BIBA will give judges an unrivalled understanding of what makes them tick and enable us to select the very best of the best.”
The identity of the judging panels will be unveiled later this month by awards organisers, the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce.
The awards has also unveiled Superfast Lancashire – which is bringing fast, fibre broadband to 675,000 of businesses and homes across the county by the end of 2015 – as its headline sponsor for 2014.
Tony Morgan, head of business engagement, said the firm was delighted to be part of the search to mark excellence in local businesses.
Chamber chief executive Babs Murphy, pictured, also revealed new plans for the BIBAs ceremony at Blackpool Tower on September 12. Prize-giving in the Circus Theatre will be followed by a celebration dinner in the Tower Ballroom.