The multi-millionaire entrepreneur behind the regeneration of Preston city centre will kick off an academy of excellence for the winners of one of Lancashire's leading business awards.

Wednesday, 18th October 2017, 11:27 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 12:12 pm
Photo Neil Cross Simon Rigby has put in plans to turn the Guild Tower into an apartment hotel

Simon Rigby, whose property portfolio includes the Preston Guild Hall, will give a masterclass talk to the winners of the Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, at the start of its BIBAs Academy programme next month.

Mr Rigby won the awards’ lifetime achievement prize, Lancastrian of the Year, at its ceremony last month.

He has had a career which has seen him spearhead a portfolio of businesses ranging from green energy to care homes.

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The Academy see the awards’ winners get behind-the-scenes visits to some of Lancashire’s leading businesses, including BAE Systems’ £15.6m training academy, masterclasses with leading business figures and growth workshops run by experts from the University of Central Lancashire and chartered accountants Moore & Smalley.

Danny Houghton, business development partner at MHA Moore & Smalley, said: “The BIBAs has been more than just a business awards for many years and the BIBAs Academy is part of its commitment to helping the best in Lancashire get even better.

“To get the chance to listen to the likes of Simon Rigby and get to see how some of our leading businesses operate is a unique opportunity for the 2017 winners which will undoubtedly inspire them to greater things.”

The eight-month programme was unveiled to the winners at a dinner held last Thursday which saw the graduates of previous year’s Academy celebrated, and welcome the new intake.

The Academy programme continues with masterclasses from Booths supermarket chairman Edwin Booth, and other key speakers.