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.”
"As the local hospice for the area, it’s great that we receive so much support from the BHBPA. Last year the members raised an amazing £2150 through activities such as Bake Off and the BHBiz Awards. Each well planned members meeting enables good networking opportunities and speakers that are relevant to the present climate and local issues. We are proud to be members of BHBPA."
"“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 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. "
"This association was started with a lot of effort from a few local businessmen and has proved to be a very powerful and useful tool for our business. The BHBPA has influence at the top level; when action is needed, the BHBPA gets it done. We are kept in touch with all that is happening on our doorstep and will often act because of what is published in the weekly emails / newsletters."