2015 Be Inspired Business Awards finalists named

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Scores of Lancashire businesses are ready to go for glory!

Today we can reveal the finalists for the 2015 Be Inspired Business Awards run by the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce.

The awards, known as The BIBAs, has unveiled its shortlists in 18 categories which will be decided at a major awards ceremony at the Blackpool Tower in September.

Eight businesses are in the running to be named the best in Lancashire.

Bamber Bridge-based Conlon Construction and Chemical Innovations, Cleanall Services of Leyland, Preston’s Gold Medal Travel Group and Scorpion Automotive of Chorley are all among the nominees for the prestigious Business of the Year category.

They are joined on the shortlist by Fylde-based accountants Danbro and Warden Construction as well as Springhill Care which is based in Accrington.

Peter Kiely of property investment firm Harewood Associates which is sponsoring the ceremony’s reception, said the calibre of finalists highlighted the wealth of talent in Lancashire’s business community.

He said: “The quality of businesses and individuals which make up the shortlists for the BIBAs categories speaks volumes for the talent we have in Lancashire.

“The BIBAs has long been known as ‘the one they all want to win’ and the finalists bidding to win up trophies in 2015 only serves to raise the bar even higher.”

Scorpion Automotive has made the shortlists for four categories with nominations for Exporter of the Year, Medium Business of the Year and Manufacturer of the Year along with the top prize.

In one of the BIBAs’ new categories for 2015, The Best Use of IT, the shortlist includes former winners The Ink Squid and Bi3 and BIBAs’ newcomers ROQ IT of Chorley and Mend IT of Burnley.

Steven Lancaster, executive director at The Grand Venue in Clitheroe, will be among the judges visiting for the Most Inspiring Business of the Year category.

He said: “I am expecting the second round of interviews to give judges the opportunity to see what really makes a business tick.”

This is the full round-up of all finalists vying for honours at the Be Inspired Business Awards at Blackpool Tower in September.

Most Inspiring Business of the Year:

Build Up, Blackpool

Conlon Construction, South Ribble

Jobs, Friends & Houses Community Interest Company, Blackpool

Fylde Executive Cars, Fylde

KTG Social Care, Preston

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Preston

Our Local Heros Foundation, South Ribble

Windrush Initiatives CIC, Preston

Exporter of the Year:

Chemical Innovations,South Ribble

Colossal Group, Blackpool

Evans Vanodine, South Ribble

Excel Cheer Centre, Chorley

GA Petfood, South Ribble

Pakawaste, Preston

Scorpion Automotive, Chorley

Synergy Health (UK), Chorley

Small Business of the Year:

Business Insight 3 (Bi3), Chorley

Building Careers, West Lancashire

Excel Fostering, Fylde

Forepoint, Preston

Innova Solutions, Pendle

MendIT, Burnley

Power Efficient Systems (EnergyAce), West Lancashire

Vedas Group, Burnley

Medium Business of the Year:

MAC Clinical Research, Blackpool

Direct 365, West Lancashire

Lakeview Rest homes, Fylde

ROQ IT, Chorley

Scorpion Automotive, Chorley

Service Care Solutions, Preston

Star Tissue UK , Blackburn

The Cartford Inn, Wyre

Service Business of the Year:

Cleanall Services, South Ribble

Colossal Group, Blackpool

Excel Fostering, Fylde

Lakeview Rest Homes, Fylde

Our Local Heroes Foundation, South Ribble

Pakawaste, Preston

ROQ IT, Chorley

Springhill Care, Hyndburn

Professional Services Business of the Year:

Barcadia Media, Blackpool

Bespoke Internet, Preston

Farleys Solicitors LLP, Blackburn

FTS Merit, Blackpool

Home Angels, Chorley

MJH Accountants , Preston

Physiofusion Ltd, Burnley

TUTIS Concepts, Blackpool

Micro Business of the Year:

Bizzi Growin, Chorley

Blackburn Distributions, Pendle

Gconnect, Lancaster

GROUP55, Ribble Valley

Love Displays, Blackpool

QiSOFT, South Ribble

The Ink Squid, Blackpool

The Little Big Voice, Preston

Entrepreneur of the Year:

Lee Kirton, Collosal Group, Blackpool

Nicolla Moran, Home Angels, Chorley

Anthony Payne, Love My Gifts, Blackburn

Hannah Warren, Oxygen Personnel, Preston

Gary Vizard, Power Efficient Systems Ltd (EnergyAce), West Lancashire

Steve Pearson, Our Local Heroes Foundation, South Ribble

Adrian Meakin, The Ink Squid, Blackpool

Phil Lawson, Virtue Technologies, West Lancashire

Business of the Year:

Chemical Innovations, South Ribble

Cleanall Services, South Ribble

Conlon Construction, South

Ribble

Danbro, Fylde

Gold Medal Travel Group,

Preston

Scorpion Automotive, Chorley

Springhill Care, Hyndburn

Warden Construction, Fylde

New Business of the Year:

Astute Motoring, Wyre

JCK Professional Building Services, Blackburn

KaBo, Chorley

Love My Gifts, Blackburn

Rope Access Inspection - North West, Blackpool

The Property Family, South Ribble

TUTIS Concepts, Blackpool

World Travel Lounge, Blackpool

Best Use of Information Technology:

Virtue Technologies, West Lancashire

Direct 365, West Lancashire

ROQ IT , Chorley

MendIT, Burnley

The Ink Squid, Blackpool

Business Insight 3 (Bi3), Chorley

Blackburn Distribution, Pendle

Love My Gifts, Blackburn

Employer of the Year:

Gold Medal Travel Group,

Preston

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Preston

Danbro, Fylde

Service Care Solutions, Preston

Cleanall Services, South Ribble

Direct 365, West Lancashire

Cummins Mellor, Hyndburn

Innova Solutions, Pendle

Best Use of Creativity in a Business:

Business Insight 3 (Bi3), Chorley

Bizzi Growin, Chorley

G A Petfoods. South Ribble

Inside Studio, Preston

Knightime Creations, Lancaster

Little Gargoyle, Lancaster

The Little Big Voice, Preston

WUK Media, Lancaster

Excellence In Customer service:

AM Support Services, Morecambe

Cleanall Services, South Ribble

Direct 365, West Lancashire

Innova Solutions, Pendle

Springhill Care, Hyndburn

TVS, Chorley

Wyrebank, Wyre

EQ Woman, Ribble Valley

BusinessWoman of the Year:

Hannah Warren, Oxygen Personnel

Helen Harker, Simon Jersey, Hyndburn

Lisa Brady-Munro, Perfect Recruitment, Chorley

Louise Wilkinson, Lomeshaye Village Day Nursery / Carousel, Pendle

Niccolla Moran, Home Angels, Chorley

Rose Watkins, Centaur Training, South Ribble

Ruth Quaglieri, North of England Training, Chorley

Tamsin Marlowe, Building

Careers, West Lancashire

Leisure Business of the Year:

Blackpool Zoo Blackpool

Catering Elite Blackpool

Fylde Executive Cars Fylde

Little Gargoyle Lancaster

The Cartford Inn Fylde

Preston Marriott Preston

Wyrebank Wyre

Manufactuer of the year:

Chemical Innovations, South Ribble

GA Petfoods, South Ribble

Pakawaste, Preston

Power Efficient Systems, West Lancashire

Scorpion Automotive, Chorley

Star Tissue UK, Blackburn

Tetrad, Preston

Construction Business of the Year:

Approved Inspectors, Lancaster

Build Up, Blackpool

Building Careers, West

Lancashire

Conlon Construction, South Ribble

FTS Merit, Blackpool

JCK Professional Building Services, Blackburn

Pinington, Lancaster

Warden Construction, Fylde