County’s best enter business academy

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A group of top Lancashire businesses have entered an academy of excellence set up by the county’s leading business awards.

The 18 firms which picked up prizes at the Be Inspired Business Awards at Blackpool Tower in September have entered the BIBAs Academy.

It offers a package of networking, support and workshops by some of the UK’s top business leaders.

It opened at Lancaster University Management School with a session by futurist Richard Watson, a leading strategic thinker and global trend spotter.

Babs Murphy, chief executive of the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce which runs the BIBAs, said the package was a “money can’t buy” opportunity for the firms.

She said: “The BIBAs is established as the pinnacle of business achievement in Lancashire. When you have one of our iconic trophies on your shelf, that is a signal that your business is special.

“But, we want our awards to be about more than just handing out trophies, having a great ceremony and celebration and leaving it at that, we have to seek to build a stronger Lancashire.”

Professor Ellie Hamilton, Associate Dean for Enterprise Engagement at LUMS, said the BIBAs Academy had developed a programme built upon decades of experience of working with entrepreneurs.

The business leaders hosting the workshops include Morecambe-born fashion designer Wayne Hemingway, Jessica Sansom, Head of Sustainability at global drinks brand Innocent Drinks, and Kevin Roberts, the Global Chief Executive of creative agency Saatchi and Saatchi.