Web designers urge firms to aim sky high at awards

Ceremony: Successful award winners at the BIBAs last year
Ceremony: Successful award winners at the BIBAs last year
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A leading Lancashire’s web design agency has called on the county’s e-businesses to apply for a leading award.

Orbit Internet has urged businesses which have used e-business to harness growth to look at entering the E-Business of the Year category at the Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs.

It is sponsoring the category at the annual prize-giving which has 18 prizes up for grabs with more than 100 firms already having submitted applications.

Neil Snape, of the agency based in Lytham St Annes, said he believed even completing the awards’ rigorous application process could help a business grow stronger.

He said: “These awards give businesses of all sizes and in all sectors across Lancashire the chance to look at their strengths and weaknesses, then get some of the county’s elite business leaders to do the same.

“We have been proud to be involved with the BIBAs for a number of years and are delighted to be sponsoring the E-Business of the Year category, which we hope will be packed with fantastic businesses again.

“E-business is about utilising e-commerce, communications, internet technology and everything else to grow a great business and we are proud to be celebrating that.”

Organisers, the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, has revealed how more than 100 businesses already have their applications in with less than a month since the BIBAs opened for applications.

Chief executive Babs Murphy said they were delighted at the quality of the entries received so far.

She said: “What has been particularly pleasing is that the vast majority of entrants are new to the BIBAs, and we are delighted they have joined the race for ‘the one they all want to win.’

“It is a great start but there is still a long way to go until April 11 when we close for applications, so I would urge businesses not to leave their applications until the last minute.”

You can apply today for any of the 18 prizes up for grabs at this year’s BIBAs by visiting www.thebibas.co.uk.

n The BIBAs – The Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, is Lancashire’s biggest and best business awards. The awards, dubbed ‘the one they all want to win’, celebrates the achievements of the county’s businesses whether big or small with 18 prizes up for grabs in the 2014 awards.

It has become a hallmark for success with its hundreds of former winners using the BIBAs iconic trophy to communicate their excellence to customers and suppliers alike.

In 2013, the BIBAs attracted nearly 1,000 entries with just 125 going on to the judging stage where they underwent forensic scrutiny of their businesses to ensure only the very best made the finals shortlists.

The awards’ prize-giving ceremony, held at the iconic Blackpool Tower, attracted a sell-out crowd of more than 900 leading members of the Lancashire business community.

For all the latest news on the BIBAs, visit the official awards’ website at www.thebibas.co.uk or follow through its official Twitter account @TheBIBAs2014.