The BIBAs Cocktail Party

We had a really good night at the BIBAs Finalists/Winners Cocktail Party on Thursday.

All the finalists and winners were there to collect their certificates and have more photos taken. I was trying to remember who was who (I was a bit drunk on the big night and everything is a bit fuzzy), but I spotted a familiar face and we got talking.

He told me he had sold his business a few years ago and had been busy as Lancashire’s High Sheriff in 2011/12 as well as being the local Chairman of the Yorkshire Bank and the National Chairman of the British Chambers of Commerce.

I was obviously talking to a very clever chap but I was a little confused about which category he had won the BIBA award in. Had he set up another business after selling out…? No – he had been awarded the title “Prestonian of the Year”!

I knew he looked familiar – It was Peter Mileham. OOPS!

The Ink Squid

BIBA’s E-Commerce Business of the Year!!

We are proud to announce that we have just won the coveted e-commerce business of the year in the Lancashire Chamber of Commerce BIBA awards!

The BIBAs were held this year in a huge marquee in Avenham Park and coincided with the Preston Guild Week. Hundreds of businesses entered and over 2,000 people attended the ¬£140-per-seat event. The opera singer Russell Watson provided the entertainment and the ¬†evening was hosted by the X-Factor voice-over man with extra announcements made by The National Lottery’s own Alan Dedicoat – “the voice of the balls”.

We are incredibly proud of this award, not least because we ended up beating some multi-million pound turnover companies in the process. The judges recognised that we had started up in the height of the recession and still managed to grow rapidly across multiple platforms and grow a large customer base that spans the globe.

Here is some of the coverage in the Lancashire Evening Post