A pair of leading Lancashire companies are in the running for four prizes at one of the county’s leading business awards.

Chemicals firm Evans Vanodine and Blackburn-based Flavour Warehouse, which trades as Vampire Vape, are all up for the prestigious Business of the Year prize at this year’s Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs.

Evans Vanodine, which is based on Walton Summit, is also among the finalists for the awards’ Exporter of the Year, Family Business of the Year, Green Business of the Year categories, with the Flavour Warehouse also on the shortlist for Manufacturer of the Year, Exporter of the Year and Medium Business of the Year awards.

Francis Egan, chief executive of the awards’ headline sponsor Cuadrilla Resources, said each of the awards’ finalists had achieved a great deal to reach the BIBAs ceremony night which takes place at The Blackpool Tower in September.

He said: “Each year we look forward to the BIBAs judging rounds because we get to meet so many inspirational people from businesses across the spectrum of Lancashire’s business community.

“The businesses in the running for the Business of the Year category this year are no exception and the judging panel really struggled to decide which we would put through to the next round of judging.

“It reinforced to me that despite all the challenges which face our businesses every day, there are people out there who are passionate about delivering the best service and the best products to really make a difference.

“That is what Lancashire’s business community is all about, the people who make it so special.”

The other finalists for the headline Business of the Year prize include current holder Utiligroup along with Preston tile supplier Roccia and textiles firm Standfast & Barracks from Lancaster, which are both up for three prizes.

The BIBAs announced the shortlists having conducted its first round of interviews and will get its second round of judging underway later this month.

From June 17, the awards will send its judges out on the road, sponsored by Preston RK Dining, to visit each of its finalists before selecting the winners of its 20 prize categories.

To read the list of finalists and the original article, please visit https://businesslancashire.co.uk/2019/06/04/the-bibas-finalists-announced/