Awards charity work is praised

LEGACY: Ian Bakewell
LEGACY: Ian Bakewell
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A leading figure at one of the world’s biggest banks has hailed the work of a new charity set up by one of Lancashire’s leading business awards.

Ian Bakewell, senior investment director at Investec, the leading specialist banking and asset management group, said the work of the new BIBAs Foundation would help inspire the entrepreneurs and business owners of the future.

The bank is among the leading figures to support the Lancashire Community Foundation which has set up the BIBAs Foundation alongside the Be Inspired Business Awards, which Investec is sponsoring this year.

Last week, the Foundation handed out more than £7,000 to four community groups to help set-up projects aimed at boosting enterprise across the county.

Mr Bakewell said: “Lancashire has a rich history of enterprise and strong business leaders which dates back to the days of the Industrial Revolution when it led the world in terms of innovation.

“This legacy has been passed down through generations and the business community of today has a duty to continue this chain for the entrepreneurs and business leaders of the future.

“The creation of the BIBAs Foundation will help to inspire young people in Lancashire to reach higher to achieve their ambitions and hopefully create the next generation of a community which will drive our economic engine.”

Steven Lancaster, executive director of The Grand Venue in Clitheroe, said he hoped the work of the BIBAs Foundation would encourage business leaders to support similar causes in their areas.

The Grand, a former BIBAs winner which is now sponsoring the awards, is another business which supports the Lancashire Community Foundation.