Blackpool was the place to be last Friday night. The Famous Blackpool Illuminations lit up the Promenade (just as they have every September since 1879), the World Fireworks Championships were in full swing, and it was the 10th year of Lancashire’s BIBA’s (Be Inspired Business Awards) bash in the Blackpool Tower Ballroom.
The Golden Mile was heaving with families and kids enjoying the most colourful night out imaginable, following a day in the sun with donkeys and sticks of Blackpool rock. In the Blackpool Tower, opened in 1894 and inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris, all was black tie/ball gown glamour as guests gathered to celebrate Lancashire's best businesses. I was honoured to be asked to present the Award of Lancastrian of the Year to Mike Peters MBE – a self-made Kirkham man who has done so much for Lancashire industry over the past 40 years.
It was great to be celebrating international successes of local Lancashire businesses in this crazy world.
Babs Murphy, Chief executive of the North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce said: “The innovation, excellence and passion behind every winner goes to show the quality we have in our business community in Lancashire.
“The BIBAs provides a spotlight for every one of the individuals and firms which not only picked up trophies but also made it to the finals.
“Having seen the judges in action, I know that no-one gets one unless they are the very top of their class, so taking home a BIBA trophy is a huge endorsement to your business.
“I am sure I join everyone in the Lancashire business community when I congratulate every BIBAs winner for their achievements.”