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.”
"“Sutton Winson have been members of the BHBPA for around 7 years. We have found it a great way to keep in touch with Burgess Hill businesses and to meet with likeminded people. It’s not just another “networking” group, as it tackles the real issues and gets things done”"
"“I have belonged to this group since I started my own business, Lea Graham Associates, in 1986. The association has been through several incarnations since then, but its most recent one, BHBPA, is by far the best.
It’s much more than just a networking group, although it is supremely good at that too. BHBPA is inclusive and friendly and acts like a mutual-support society. The events are stimulating, worthwhile and often great fun and I believe most members share this opinion.”"
"The BHBPA is an energetic and vocal organisation that connects and empowers and informs the local business community acting as an effective conduit to local authority and other organisations. We are proud to be part of that community and the association."
"The BHBPA is the most effective and dynamic business organisation I have ever worked with in over 30 years in Local Government. It has a very active and large membership whose points of view are taken seriously by all government structures. Peter Liddell does an excellent job in providing unique and enjoyable networking opportunities where members interact and discuss points of mutual interest. It provides a forum for businesses to discuss common issues, to share experiences and to play a powerful and meaningful role in the Burgess Hill community. The BHBPA provides important and credible support for all its members and ensures that their best interests are represented where necessary. "