Havers hosts huge business awards night in Lancashire

Film and TV star Nigel Havers was the surprise guest presenter at Lancashire's major business awards night.

Saturday, 16th September 2017, 12:02 pm
Updated Wednesday, 27th September 2017, 11:52 am
the BIBAs business awards at the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool. Celebrity presenter Nigel Havers. PIC BY ROB LOCK 16-9-2017

Around 1,000 business people and guests packed the Blackpool Tower Ballroom for the Be Inspired Business Awards.

The suave actor hosted the evening, which saw Fylde-based businessman and Preston Guild Hall owner Simon Rigby given a lifetime achievement award, and Preston-based Sunshine Events take two trophies.

BIBAs organisers The North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce handed out a crop of awards after a rigorous judging process.

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Winners:

Most Inspiring Person of the Year: Chelsea Marie Baldwin (Blackpool).

Creative Agency of the Year: Hotfoot Design (Lancaster)

Employer of the Year: Sunshine Events (Preston)

Business Person of the Year: Ashley Hackett (Blackpool FC).

Best Use of IT: Connect Childcare (Burnley)

Exporter of the Year: Scorpion Automotive (Chorley)

Family Business of the Year: The Wayfarer (Parbold)

Professional Service Business of the Year: Thomas Consulting (Chorley)

Manufacturing Business of the Year: CoolKit (Burnley)

Excellence in Corporate Responsibility: Sunshine Events (Preston)

Construction Business of the Year: Fox Brothers (Blackpool)

Leisure Business of the Year: Winter Gardens (Blackpool)

Third Sector Business of the Year: Community & Business Partners (Blackburn)

Service Business of the Year: Fairbanks Environmental (Skelmersdale)

New Business of the Year: Fourth Wall Solutions (Chorley)

Micro Business of the Year: The 8th Sign (Bretherton)

Small Business of the Year: Bespoke Healthcare (Preston)

Medium Business of the Year: Hippo Motor Group (Blackburn)

Business of the Year: CoolKit (Burnley)

Lancastrian of the Year: Simon Rigby

BoyzLife and Smooth Fm got the crowd on their feet at the after-party.

*See the Post and Gazette next week for picture specials and all the reaction