Businesses make shortlist for top county awards

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More than 100 businesses from across Lancashire are bidding to lift one of the county’s leading awards this year.

The Be Inspired Business Awards (BIBAs) unveiled its shortlists for the 17 prizes it will hand out at its annual prize-giving ceremony at Blackpool Tower in September. It will put 196 applications from 119 businesses before its judges when they meet for the first round of interviews this month.

Ashleigh Dawson, Senior business development manager at accountancy firm Grant Thornton which is sponsoring the Entrepreneur of the Year category, said the quality of firms shortlisted were evidence of the strength of Lancashire’s business community.

The 17 judging panels will meet the shortlisted applicants at the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, in Blackpool from Monday, May 19.

The judging will kick-off with the E-Business of the Year category and continue until the panel meets to select the Business of the Year winner on May 30.

Last week, 73 business leaders from across the county, who will be judging this year’s awards, were given a training session by experts at Lancaster University Management School (LUMS). For the list of shortlisted businesses, visit