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Nearly 40 Boost-supported businesses among 89 finalists at BIBAs 2024

BIBAs 2024 40 Boost Finalists

A total of 38 Lancashire businesses who have received support from Boost; Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub, are among 89 finalists shortlisted at this year’s Be Inspired Business Awards (BIBAs). 

The BIBAs, which is organised by the North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, celebrates Lancashire businesses across 20 categories.

This year is the 16th annual awards and is headline sponsored by Lancashire County Council.

Hundreds of Lancashire businesses apply for the awards each year and the winners are chosen through a multi-stage judging process.

Among the finalists who have received Boost support is Fleetwood-based ductwork manufacturer EcoDuct, which has been shortlisted across three categories: ‘Low Carbon Business of the Year’, ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ and ‘Innovative Business of the Year’.

The company approached Boost for help in 2022 and received support from several services including the Business Advice Service. It has since moved from its old factory in Blackpool to a new space in Fleetwood to increase capacity.

Clitheroe-based specialist business podcast agency Voice It, which is shortlisted in ‘Skills Provider of the Year’, ‘New Business of the Year’ and ‘Digital and Marketing Business of the Year’ has received support through Boost’s Flying Start and Business Advice Services over the past two years while St Annes based Clifton Homecare, shortlisted for ‘Employer of the Year’ also received Boost support in 2023.

Aidy Riggott, cabinet member for economic development and growth, Lancashire County Council said: “Through Boost, Lancashire County Council has provided funding to support around 14,000 Lancashire based businesses since 2013, so it’s brilliant see so many of these businesses not only fulfilling their potential but also being recognised for their work at prestigious awards ceremonies like the BIBAs.

“Shining a light on Lancashire business success is a vital part of inspiring the next generation of Lancashire success stories and that is why we have chosen to partner with the BIBAs to sponsor this year.

“These companies on the shortlist which Lancashire County Council has helped through Boost, as well as our other support services, operate across a wide range of sectors, highlighting the breadth of expertise business can access through funded business support.”

Amin Vepari, business finance and scaleup lead, Lancashire County Council added: “The calibre of businesses we’ve seen this year is truly remarkable. The diversity and innovation demonstrated by these companies highlight the strength and potential of Lancashire’s business community and it’s a real testament to Lancashire County Council to say we have supported many of these companies during their growth journey.”

The BIBAs awards ceremony will take place at Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom on September 20 and will be attended by more than 1000 business owners and leaders from across Lancashire and the North West.

See the full list of this year’s BIBAs finalists here.

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