Wow, wow and wow!! That’s right, we are in the finals for 4 separate categories for the Lancashire wide business awards, The Bibas 2014! This is such an amazing achievement within the short space of 9 months since officially launching.
The Be Inspired Business Awards is the largest business awards in Lancashire designed to showcase leading companies in Lancashire. This year there were over 1232 applications from 576 companies. Lancaster University Management School prepared the judges for the awards who undertook rigorous training. The research project from Lancaster University examined the world’s leading business awards to gain insight into how to judge the best companies. Based on this, they established a set of criteria to evaluate the large amount of applications to create a shortlist of excellent companies.
Dr Ellie Hamilton from Lancaster University Management School said;
“I promise you, if your business makes it to the interview stage, you have done very well indeed.”
The awards are being backed by leading companies including;
Here are the four award categories that we have been shortlisted for.
Creative Business of the Year
Companies shortlisted for the finals of the Creative Business of the Year award category had to show how their creative expertise delivered innovative products and services to their clients. We showcased how we balance both creative and commercial development for projects with clients and the strategies we use to ensure both work in harmony.
We are a creative company and are always looking for new opportunities for our clients. Within the application for this category we had to explain how we nurture creativity within the business and how we achieve excellence as a company by providing solutions to our clients to suit their individual and unique needs. You may have seen earlier in the year, we became an official HootSuite Solutions Partner.
E-Business of the Year
We have been shortlisted in the finals for the E-Commerce Business of the Year. This category was open to businesses that have significantly grown their business or that of a client. This may be achieved through e-commerce, communications and mobile technologies.
As part of the application, we demonstrated how we have used the internet and technology in an innovative way to enhance commercial performance for our clients, and identified opportunities for growth.
Given the pace of change, it is a constant challenge to respond with meaningful actions and strategies for our clients. There have been several major changes within the digital industry that we have had to adapt to stay ahead since launching only 9 months ago.
We are always looking ahead at what the next big thing is going to be and we strongly believe that digital is on the verge of changing everyone’s lives in ways we can’t even imagine. With the rise of superfast broadband throughout the country along with physical computing and wearable devices gaining ground, this really is going to be an interesting time ahead.
New Business of the Year
Another award category we have been shortlisted for is the New Business of the Year award. This award was open to businesses that have been operating for less than 3 years.
We had to explain how we identified key opportunities within the digital and creative sector and innovations we have brought to the market. Since launching in 2013, we have grasped huge opportunities and continue to grow the business further.
Stay tuned for how this start-up company grows over the next few years!
Most Inspiring Business of the Year
Finally, we have also been nominated for the Most Inspiring Business of the Year award. This category wasn’t actually open for applications like the other awards.
Instead, the judges looked at the 1232 applications from all 576 companies and decided that we were a company worthy of the finals and one to watch for the future!
Wish us luck!!