One of Lancashire’s leading awards is hunting for members of the county’s business community to help pick its winners.
The Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, is looking for people to join the judging panels for 18 awards it will hand out at a ceremony next September.
The awards’ organiser is again hosting a special training session to prepare its judges for a rigorous process which includes interviewing finalists and visiting business premises before selecting the winners.
Babs Murphy, chief executive of the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce which organises the awards, revealed more than 60 people had already signed up to be judges.
She said: “The BIBAs is recognised as ‘the one they all want to win’ and we ensure this remains the case by offering a rigorous judging process to select the very best of the best that Lancashire has to offer.
“Our applicants put a lot in to their submissions and it is only right our judges put just as much effort in, which is why we offer them a programme of training to prepare them for facing our applicants.
“It is not an easy task to be a BIBAs judge.
“But I have no doubt that Lancashire’s business community will once again rise to the challenge.”
She confirmed no representative of any group which enters the BIBAs will be accepted as a judge to ensure impartiality during the selection process.
The judges training session will take place on Tuesday April 19, with the first round of interviews taking place over 10 days starting on May 16. Anyone interested in becoming a judge should contact Babs Murphy on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01772 653000 by Monday, December 4.
The BIBAs has added new categories with awards for the Creative Agency of the Year, Third Sector Business of the Year, Legal Practice of the Year, Financial Practice of the Year and the return of the Business Person of the Year category.
Ms Murphy added: “Like our business community, the BIBAs is constantly evolving to ensure we are offering the opportunity to showcase Lancashire’s business community as best we can.
“We hope these new categories will allow people who have not considered entering a business awards the opportunity to do so.”
The BIBAs will open for applications on Tuesday January 26, with the window remaining open until Friday April 8.
It will again offer anyone seeking to enter the awards a boot camp workshop being held on February 17.