Preston firms have made it through to the shortlist of a Lancashire Business awards.Advertisement
The Be Inspired Business Awards (BIBAS) take place at Blackpool Tower in September.
Companies of all sizes from Preston have made the shortlist after thousands of entries were received.
Forward2Me Limited, a mailing address and parcel forwarding firm are in the running for best new business of the year.
Four Preston businesses have made the shortlist for small business of the year, including Suresite based at Bluebell Way who are a card services and risk management company.
Also up for small bsuiness of the year are Peter Jackson’s Jewellers, Lentei based in Deepdale who do electrical compliance testing and Inteb sustainability who are energy consultants.
Service Business of the Year has three preston firms on the shortlist including Preston Bus, Assured Cleaning Services and Pakawaste Engineering Services.
Magma Digital, the web firm and Winckley Square based Taylor Patterson Group are both on the shortlist for Employer of the Year.
Two Preston businesswomen are in the running for Business Woman of the Year. Sarah Southworth from Specialised Cleaning Services and Claire Fryer from the Mosiac Care Group are on the list.
Exporter of the Year sees two Preston firms recognised, Tetrad and Pakawaste both make the list. Tetrad are also on the shortlist for Manufacturer of the Year.
E-business of the year has Talent Dynamics and Suntana Spray Tan as its Preston entrants.
Professional business of the year sees second shortlisting for Magma Digital and Taylor Patterson Group, plus other Preston firms Cassidy and Ashton architects, Astute Wealth Management, Jones Melling Ltd and Clayton Recruitment.
Entrepreneur of the Year has a second nomination for Claire Fryer from the Mosaic Care Group.
Three construction sector firms are up for the Construction Business of the Year, Conlon Construction, Cassidy and Ashton plus Jones Melling.
Micro-business of the year has The Little Big Voice, a marketing agency for the food and drink sectory plus Group 55 who manufacture pet care products.
And finall three Preston firms make the Creative Business of the Year shortlist, Bespoke Internet, ICG Brandbuilders and YouMeSign.
Judges from the BIBAs now go on tour to visit shortlisted businesses.
Francis Egan, chief executive of Cuadrilla Resources which is sponsoring the awards’ New Business of the Year category, said each of the shortlisted firms would now receive a visit to their business premises from the judges.
He said: “The decision of the BIBAs to send judges ‘on tour’ to visit businesses which have made the finals an example of the type of innovation which keeps it as Lancashire’s leading business awards.
“There can be no better way to understand what makes a business tick than by going onto the shop floor and meeting the people that make it happen.”
The full shortlist can be viewed on the BIBA Awards website.
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