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Eight businesses are in the running to be named the best in Lancashire at one of the county’s leading business awards

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The finalists for the Business of the Year category at the Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, have been unveiled today along with those companies and individuals bidding to win its other 17 prize categories.

The firms in the running for the top prize include motor dealers Bowker Group and Hippo Motor Group, food firms Laila’s Fine Foods and Mellor’s Catering and Fylde plant hire company Fox Brothers.

Coolkit, a Burnley-based refrigerated vehicle specialist, flood protection experts, Storm Meister, and Healthpoint, a health and beauty specialist, complete the shortlist.

Alistair Clayton, of the Leyland-based Aston Services Group which is sponsoring the Family Business of the Year category, said the quality of finalists was testament to the appeal of the awards.

He said: “The BIBAs is known as ‘the one they all want to win’ for a reason, it is a competition which pushes businesses to their limits to ensure only the best of the best come out on top.

“Having been involved as an applicant, winner and now as a judge of these awards, I know just how much goes in to the process and it makes me proud to be part of such a vibrant business community as we have in Lancashire.

“It was great to meet the applicants for the first round of judging and I cannot wait to meet the finalists for the Family Business of the Year category when we embark on a second round of judging in July.”

In 2015, Cleanall Services, which became Aston Services Group earlier this year following a merger, picked up two awards at the BIBAs, winning the Excellence in Customer Service and Service Business of the Year categories.

The second round of judging gets underway on June 19 when the Exporter of the Year category judges hit the road to visit finalists in their business premises, travelling almost 100 miles in the process.

In other categories up for grabs, current winners and former winners have returned to attempt to be named the best in Lancashire again.

Country and Commercial Insurance Brokers are among the finalists for the Micro Business of the Year, the title they picked up in 2016, whilst Blackpool-based UR Potential are seeking to retain the Third Sector Business of the Year.

The Winter Gardens venue in Blackpool is also on the shortlist for the Leisure Business of the Year, a prize they won last September.

Door 4, Laila’s Fine Foods and Fairbanks Environmental are also among the former winners which are bidding for success at the 2017 ceremony.

 

 

 

BIBAs 2017 – THE FINALISTS

 

Business of the Year

Bowker  Motor Group – Preston

Coolkit – Burnley

Hippo Motor Group – Blackburn

Fox Bros – Poulton

Mellors Catering Services – Skelmersdale

Healthpoint – Blackpool

StormMeister Flood Protection – Preston

Laila’s Fine Foods – Bispham

 

Leisure Business of the Year

Cuffe & Taylor – Preston

Deltec Group – Preston

Holiday Inn Preston – Preston

Sunshine Events – Preston

The Wayfarer – Parbold

UK Media & Events – Preston

Winter Gardens Blackpool – Blackpool

Mellors Catering Services – Skelmersdale

 

Small Business of the Year

WJF Technical Support – Blackpool

Bespoke Healthcare – Preston

Bevlan Office Interiors – Blackburn

Frederick’s Ice Cream – Chorley

Prestige Beds –  Blackburn

Dantech UK – Burscough

Seriun – Burnley

Energy Cost Management – Kirkham

 

Micro Business of the Year

Country & Commercial Insurance Brokers – Longridge

Perfect Recruitment – Chorley

Raine & Bea – Clitheroe

KW Designed Solutions – Adlington

3D GB IRE – Chorley

Group 55 – Preston

Catering Elite – Blackpool

The 8th Sign – Bretherton

 

Employer of the Year

Bespoke Healthcare – Preston

Holiday Inn Preston – Preston

Rawcliffe & Co – Blackpool

Sunshine Events – Preston

novi.digital – Lancaster

E Thompson & Son – Preston

Hippo Motor Group – Blackburn

Cuffe & Taylor – Preston

 

New Business of the Year

Lateo Global Solutions – Blackpool

Woodside Designs – Blackpool

Forth Wall Solutions – Chorley

CFE Lighting – Trawden

AZTEX Venue – Blackpool

Community Clothing – Blackburn

North West Financial Solutions – Blackpool

 

Excellence in IT

BAS Energy – Blackpool

Connect Childcare – Burnley

Freightlink Solutions – Walton Le Dale

HR Savvy – Preston

Jones Harris – Fleetwood

The Protein Lab – Blackpool

BedStateTracker.co.uk – Accrington

Wired Marketing – Burnley

 

Business of the Year for Corporate Social Responsibility

Acorns of Lancashire – Accrington

AFC Fylde Community Foundation – Lytham

Burnley FC – Burnley

Smile Mediation – Burnley

Sunshine Events – Preston

Laila’s Fine Foods – Bispham

Bowker Motor Group – Preston

Barrie Wells Trust – Lancaster

 

Exporter of the Year

Dantech UK – Burscough

Fairbanks Environmental  – Skelmersdale

Freightlink Solutions – Walton le Dale

Gannon Oils – Blackpool

Group 55 – Preston

Scorpion Automotive – Chorley

 

Family Business of the Year

Bowker  Motor Group – Preston

Mellors Catering Services – Skelmersdale

Fredericks Ice Cream – Chorley

Links Signs & Graphics – Blackpool

Laila’s Fine Foods – Bispham

Prestige Beds – Blackburn

Star Tissue – Blackburn

The Wayfarer – Parbold

 

Service Business of the Year

Connect Childcare – Burnley

Door 4 – Burnley

Healthpoint – Blackpool

WJF Technical Support – Blackpool

Freightlink Solutions –Walton le Dale

Fairbanks Environmental – Skelmersdale

E Thompson & Son – Preston

 

Creative Agency of the Year

Door 4 – Burnley

HotFoot Design – Lancaster

Juicy Media – Preston

SQ Digital – Lancaster

T-PW Creative Design – Darwen

Wired Marketing – Burnley

YUDU Media – Clitheroe

novi.digital – Lancaster

 

Manufacturer of the Year

The Barking Bakery – Wesham

Coolkit – Burnley

Gannon Oils – Poulton

North West Water Jet – Chorley

Morgan Bros – Coppull

Star Tissue – Blackburn

Scorpion Automotive – Chorley

Laila’s Fine Foods – Bispham

 

Medium Business of the Year

Coolkit – Burnley

Hippo Motor Group – Blackburn

Fox Bros – Poulton

Standfast and Barracks – Lancaster

Star Tissue – Blackburn

Watson Ramsbottom – Blackburn

Scorpion Automotive – Chorley

BAS Energy

 

Professional Business of the Year

North West Commercial Solutions – Blackpool

North West Auto Enrolment – Blackpool

Jones Harris – Fleetwood

Rawcliffe & Co – Blackpool

Sweeting HR – Blackpool

Thomas Consulting – Chorley

Watson Ramsbottom – Blackburn

Total CRB – Burscough

 

Third Sector Business of the Year

UR Potential – Blackpool

Lancashire Wildlife Trust – Bamber Bridge

AFC Fylde Community Foundation – Lytham

Burnley FC in the Community – Burnley

Blackpool FC Community Trust – Blackpool

Community & Business Partners – Blackburn

Preston Vocational Centre – Preston

Ribcaged Productions – Clitheroe

 

Business Person of the Year

Barrie Wells  – Barrie Wells Trust – Lancaster

Ashley Hackett  – Blackpool FC – Blackpool

Cameron Javed  – Coolkit – Burnley

Lisa Brady – Perfect Recruitment- Chorley

Heath Groves  – Sundown Solutions – Accrington

Rachel Birkett  – The Wayfarer – Parbold

Mark Gannon  – Gannon Oils – Poulton

Sam Riley – North West Skills Academy – Rossendale

 

 

Construction Business of the Year

E Thompson & Son –  Preston

Pinnington – Lancaster

StormMeister Flood Protection – Preston

Thomas Consulting – Chorley

Fox Bros – Poulton

North West Skills Academy – Rossendale

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Andrew Mann
After 34 years working in numerous operational and communications disciplines for three FTSE companies (Yorkshire Electricity; Meggitt and BAE Systems), at over a dozen locations, on 24 November 2016, I became the inaugural editor of Business Lancashire. Business Lancashire is a good news, Lancashire focused, business website and daily newsletter. It is a partnership between The Samuel James Group and the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce. Over the years, I have written hundreds of press releases, features for trade magazines, copy for websites and brochures, edited in-house magazines and newsletters, as well as presenting a radio programme on Chorley FM. This experience has given me the ideal background for editing Business Lancashire.

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