Business awards hopefuls visited by judges

Dr Caroline Chesworth of Mad Science (Preston).
Dr Caroline Chesworth of Mad Science (Preston).
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Judges who will pick the winners of one of Lancashire’s leading business awards have gone on tour to visit its finalists.

The panel for the Exporter of the Year category at the Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, yesterday visited eight firms across the county to select their winner.

The visits kicked off of a unique second round of judging which sees judges visit business premises to meet the people leading them and working for them.

Dr Caroline Chesworth, founder of educational franchise Mad Science North West which is sponsoring the second round of judging, said the visits gave judges an insight in to what makes a business tick.

She said: “A successful business is about more than profit and loss and even more than the people who sit on its board of directors.

“It is about the people at every level of the business, the way they approach doing business, working with customers and so many other things which you simply cannot tell from an application form or meeting one representative at an interview.”

The finalists in the Exporter of the Year category include Chemical Innovations, which won the award’s top prize, Business of the Year, last year, Blackpool’s Colossal Group and Scorpion Automotive, the car security firm from Chorley which is shortlisted in four categories this year.

Today the judging panel for the Manufacturer of the Year category will visit its finalists led by Andrew Traynor of FW Capital, the regional funding body which is social media sponsor for this year’s BIBAs.

He is joined by Ginni Cooper, of chartered accountants Moore and Smalley, John Isles, of insurance broker Rowland and Hames, industry expert Malcolm Evans and Mark Woodward, of Clitheroe-based The Paper Cup Company.