ORGANISERS of Lancashire’s biggest business awards have vowed to make 2014 their best year ever.
Babs Murphy, chief executive of the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, said preparations for the annual Be Inspired Business Awards – the BIBAs – were being finalised.
The awards will officially open for entries on Tuesday, January 14 with hundreds of businesses from around the county expected to enter again.
It will culminate with an awards ceremony at the Blackpool Tower in September.
Babs Murphy said: “The BIBAs has become known as the one they all want to win by companies across Lancashire, and it has achieved that by not resting on its laurels.
“The 2013 awards saw us celebrate the achievements of the heroes of our economy, the business community of Lancashire.
“Now we are putting the final touches to our 2014 awards programme which we promise will be better than ever.”
In 2013, more than 900 business leaders attended the awards and were entertained by an all-star cast including compère and television star, Eamonn Holmes, X-Factor winner Matt Cardle and Marcus Bentley, the voice of reality television show, Big Brother.
Skelmersdale based Fairbank Environmental, which supplies monitoring and management services to the petrol retail industry, picked up the Business of the Year Award, much to the delight of managing director Bob Conlin.
Mr Conlin said: “We were thrilled to have been recognised with this award. The night was very special for all of the Fairbanks team who attended the awards dinner and it made us realise what stiff competition we faced from so many other outstanding businesses in our region.
“We are acutely aware of the challenging trading conditions facing our industry sector, for us as a service provider as well as for our customers but thanks to the hard work, talent and commitment of our people we have been able to not only grow the business significantly but also give a career start to over 100 graduates in the last 18 months .”
Babs Murphy said: “Business of the Year is an award that acknowledges outstanding performance in the global marketplace. Fairbanks should be praised because they are shining examples of what can be achieved, particularly in these difficult and challenging times, by people with a real aspiration to improve their business.”