Posted on 8th May 2017
Business ‘Stars’ shine at first BHBIZ Awards
Burgess Hill businesses came together for an awards ceremony with a difference on Friday.
Launched by the Burgess Hill Business Parks Association (BHBPA), the inaugural BHBiz Awards wasn’t about profits and order books – but the people behind them. Across eight categories, judges recognised the achievements of employees from the top to the bottom of organisations for their contribution to the workplace and their community.
Leading the charge at the Amex Stadium event was Bio-Productions Ltd, who scored a hat-trick of trophies as staff James Stringer, Olga Cepukoit-Kulmatytska and James Brough took home the ‘Bright Star’, ‘Invaluable Star’, and ‘Risen Star’ awards respectively.
Anna Skiba from Bruynzeel Storage Systems won the ‘Rising Star’ award while Mike Oliver from Mike Oliver Associates was named ‘Charity Champion’.
The team at PVL UK Ltd received recognition for its work as ‘Community Champion’, Sussex Cleaning & Care was named ‘Eco Warrior’ for its employees own recycling efforts, and Bennett Christmas Insurance Brokers secured ‘Winning Workplace’ for having the friendliest offices in town.
Two awards were reserved for BHBPA directors to make at their discretion. The Kings Centre and I.T. Simplified were announced joint-winners of the ‘Special Company’ award, while Wesley Earp, from Preview Graphics, and photographer & videographer Paul Noble shared the ‘Special Person’ accolade.
But BHBPA chairman Paul Shearing and coordinator Peter Liddell had a surprise up their sleeves, bestowing a special ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award to Brian Lewis, managing director of the Print House Group. Brian has worked on the Victoria Business Estate for more than six decades and is a prominent member of the Rotary Club.
“We were absolutely thrilled with the awards evening,” said Paul Shearing. “This really was an event like no other – fun, friendly and informal. Our organising committee of Peter Liddell, Susan Fleet, Emily Darnell, Esther Dawson surpassed themselves and it was a pleasure to work with them on this ambitious project.
“More than 300 people turned out to support each other, and I’m sure we’re all heading back to work this week a little prouder of our Burgess Hill business peers.”
"Servecorp have been members of the BHBPA for many years. The BHBPA organise interesting events as well as networking meetings. It is a good opportunity to meet with other local businesses and share views and problems. There is plenty of interaction and synergies between the various companies. Peter does a sterling job keeping the lines of communication open between the local businesses as well as our local council and other authorities."
"“I can’t speak highly enough of the BHBPA. As a small local business we feel very much part of a community and thoroughly enjoy the annual exhibition and meetings throughout the year. Over the years we have built fantastic working relationships with many BHBPA members and every meeting and event offers us opportunities to work with more. This is networking at its best! ” "
"The BHBPA is, for us, a valuable conduit to the Burgess Hill business community through advice, information and access to other businesses and resources within the area. It gives us a sense of belonging."
"I am delighted to have a long-standing relationship with the BHBPA. Since its foundation the Association has gone from strength to strength and there is no doubt that it has brought huge benefits to its members and the business community as a whole through the partnerships it has formed with the local authorities, Sussex Police and local organisations. It is paramount that Burgess Hill businesses have an effective collective voice."