‘Breath of fresh air’ amid judging for major awards

Winners: Celebrations at the BIBAs
Winners: Celebrations at the BIBAs
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A unique round of judging has come to a close for one of Lancashire’s leading business awards.

The initiative which has seen judges go ‘on tour’ to find the winners of the 17 prize categories on offer at this year’s Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, finishes today.

A panel made up of representatives of the awards’ headline sponsor, Superfast Lancashire, was visiting eight finalists in the running for the awards’ prestigious Business of the Year prize.

Tony Raynor, managing director of Abbey Telecom, which is sponsoring the Service Business of the Year category, said the “on tour” round of judging had been a breath of fresh air for the awards.

He said: “So many business awards pick their winners from entry forms and interviews, but by introducing its ‘on tour’ judging round, the BIBAs has yet again set itself apart.

“When the judging panel met our finalists earlier this month, we got an unrivalled look at what makes those businesses tick in the heart of their operations. It was a real privilege for us to be invited behind the scenes of these leading Lancashire service businesses. I cannot think of a better way to get under the skin of a business and see what drives them to success.”

The visits by judging panel for the Business of the Year bring to an end three weeks of judging which has seen judges visit firms in all four corners of Lancashire which have been picked to attend the BIBAs’ prize-giving ceremony at the Blackpool Tower in September.

The ceremony is already a sell-out, with more than 900 tickets being snapped up by members of the county’s business community three months before the big night.

Babs Murphy, chief executive of awards organisers, the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, said the Chamber was now seeking Lancashire firms to supply goods and services to the awards.

She said: “An awards as prestigious as the BIBAs require a full range of goods and services including design and print, photograph, executive travel, picture framing, security and supplementary catering.We have already hired Heathcote and Co to be our main caterer for the evening and Mason Mason florist to provide flowers and the table centrepieces for the night, so we would like more Lancashire firms to supply the BIBAs.”