BIBAs honours coronavirus heroes

In place of its scheduled awards ceremony, the Be Inspired Business Awards held a virtual prize-giving to honour local coronavirus heroes.

Age Concern Central Lancashire was named the Business Hero of the Year, Rachel Haslam, founder of Leyland-based consultancy Team Academy, won the Business Owner Hero award, and Claire Thwaite of Cube HR was named the Business Employee Hero.

The awards were handed out by radio presenters Darren Parks and Jo Lloyd of Smooth Radio North West. The event was streamed online on the day the regular BIBAs ceremony had been scheduled to take place.

Babs Murphy, chief executive of the North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, said: "When we took the decision to cancel The BIBAs ceremony, we knew we could not allow this year to pass without recognising the magnificent achievements of the businesses across Lancashire and those people who make them so special.

"The BIBAs Heroes was our small way of recognising the achievements of our winners and so many other people like them across our county who have gone above and beyond during the pandemic."

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