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Firms battle it out in business awards

Eight West Lancashire companies are up for BIBA accolade

Fairbanks Environmental team from Skelmersdale

Firms from across West Lancashire have made it to the finals of one of the county’s biggest business awards.

Eight companies have been shortlisted for the Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, which will be handed out at a prize-giving ceremony at Blackpool Tower in September.

Skelmersdale-based Stocks Hall Nursing and Care and White Moss Horticulture are both among the finalists for the awards’ top prize, business of the year, with Stocks Hall also up for employer of the year and White Moss in the running for manufacturer of the year.

ChocAmor in Tarleton has been shortlisted for new business of the year, Direct365 in Skelmersdale has been shortlisted for small business of the year and Trelleborg Offshore UK Ltd, based in Skelmersdale, is up for exporter of the year.

Parbold Equestrian Centre has also been shortlisted for the excellence in customer service award.

The shortlist follows a rigorous selection process which included interviews held over the past fortnight.

Francis Egan, chief executive of Cuadrilla Resources which is sponsoring the awards’ new business of the year category, said each of the shortlisted firms would now receive a visit to their business premises from the judges.

He said: “The decision of the BIBAs to send judges ‘on tour’ to visit businesses which have made the finals is an example of the type of innovation which keeps it as Lancashire’s leading business awards.

“There can be no better way to understand what makes a business tick than by going on to the shop floor and meeting the people that make it happen.”

Other  finalists include Tarleton-based gunmaker, Longthorne Guns, which is  up  for the Manufacturer of the Year and Leisure Business of the Year awards and Skelmersdale’s Fairbanks Environmental which is nominated for the Employer of the Year and Service Business of the Year prizes.

The BIBAs judges will start visiting finalists from Monday, June 9, and will continue to go “on tour” around the county until Tuesday, July 1.