Lancashire’s top business awards spent more than £140,000 with suppliers from the county this year, organisers have revealed.
The Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, spent a further £13,000 in the North West including hiring the world-famous Manchester Camerata chamber orchestra bring its overall spend in the region to nearly £155,000.
Pop star, Peter Andre, who wowed the sell-out crowd at the Blackpool Tower in September, was the only “supplier” to the awards who came from outside the region.
Babs Murphy, chief executive of the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, said the figure did not include the spin-off benefits of hotels and taxis booked by the 1,100-plus audience at the event.
She said: “The BIBAs has always been known as ‘the one they all want to win’ and by spending £141,000 with Lancashire suppliers, there have certainly been more winners than the 17 companies who picked up prizes in September.
“We have said all along that we wanted to be completely transparent about where we spent our money and only three suppliers used by the BIBAs came from outside the county, and they included Peter Andre and the Camerata.
“The other supplier provided us with some table linen for the awards dinner, but in spending at the level we did, we are confident this year’s BIBAs were the most profitable awards for local firms that Lancashire has ever seen.”
She said any profit generated from the awards would be ploughed straight in to the BIBAs Foundation to create a fund made up of donations from Lancashire’s business community.