Final touches put to county’s top awards

Babs Murphy
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THE organisers of Lancashire’s biggest business awards have vowed to make 2014 the best ever.

Babs Murphy, chief executive of the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, said preparations for the annual Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, were being finalised.

The awards officially open for entries on Tuesday, January 14, with hundreds of businesses from across the county expected to enter again. It will culminate in another star-studded awards ceremony at the iconic Blackpool Tower in September.

Babs Murphy said: “BIBAs are known as ‘the one they all want to win’ by companies across Lancashire, and it has achieved that by not resting on its laurels.

“The 2013 awards saw us celebrate the achievements of the
heroes of our economy, the business community of Lancashire. We are putting the final touches to our 2014 programme which we promise will be better than ever.”

In November, the Chamber revealed it had commissioned Lancaster University Management School to carry out a major research project into the BIBAs.

A team of researchers look at business awards across the globe to assess the judging processes, examples of best practice and how the awards are marketed.

In September, more than 900 business leaders attended the awards and were entertained by an all-star cast including compere and television star Eamonn Holmes, X-Factor winner Matt Cardle and Marcus Bentley, the voice of reality television show Big Brother.