A Lancashire university leader has praised the quality of applicants to one of the county’s leading business awards.
Dr Allison Jones, Executive Dean for the College of Science and Technology at the University of Central Lancashire, said the individuals she met during interviews for the Business Person of the Year award for the Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs.
She led a judging panel which included former BIBAs Entrepreneur of the Year Steve Pearson, the founder of Bamber Bridge-based Remvox, which met applicants on Friday.
Central Lancashire is the UK’s top university for incubating start-up businesses that are still thriving after three years of trading. In the last five years it has helped over 1,000 students or graduates start a business or became self-employed. The University is just one of a number of leading businesses and organisations judging the 18 awards categories which have attracted hundreds of applications.
Dr Jones said: “The standard of applications for the Business Person of the Year category at this year’s BIBAs has been exceptionally high and shows Lancashire’s business community is packed with impressive individuals.
“Many of the individuals we met spoke in glowing terms about their workforces and of the importance of developing their people and fostering new talent, which can give us confidence in the future health of our economy.
“My fellow judges and I found it exceptionally difficult to get our applicants down to a shortlist of finalists, but I look forward to finding out more about them as the BIBAs judging journey continues.”
Today, the judging panels for the Employer of the Year and Medium Business of the Year categories will meet finalists.