Posted on 12th June 2019
The organizing committee of BHBiz would like to thank all the sponsors once again for their support for BHBiz 2019 as well as the companies who nominated employees and to everyone who attended on Friday 10th May at the Amex Stadium. We all had a thoroughly enjoyable evening and are pleased that we received so many positive comments on the night and through our feedback process.
As promised, we wanted to reply to your feedback and let you know the results. Below are the results of the questions we asked but also replies to any feedback that we feel we needed to respond to. We had a response rate of 56%, which we’re really pleased about. Thank you so much as your feedback helps us provide the awards night that you want to see. All scores were out of six.
Here are some of the comments we received and our responses :-
~~ We received a couple of comments about the lack of volume of the speakers at the back of the room, we’ll make sure that is not an issue next time.
~~ Again, this may be an issue with the speakers around the room, some people might have been chatting if they couldn’t hear what was being said on the stage. We’ll make sure this is looked into in 2021.
~~ Thank you, that information is useful. We’ll make sure we consider that for the next event.
~~ Thank you, you’re right, it’s difficult to please everyone. Some people loved her stories about the royals & the jungle, whereas some people felt she was name dropping! We do hope everyone felt entertained though.
~~ Yes, sorry about that. This is something we noticed on the night too and that won’t happen again.
~~ We keep the ticket price as low to encourage as wide-a-range of businesses to attend as possible. It can then be the choice of the companies attending if they’d like to purchase wine for their guests.
~~ Thank you for the feedback. We really do appreciate the financial support our sponsors give to us for staging BHBiz – we couldn’t do it without them. However, we feel it would then be difficult to penalise the employees of those companies by barring them from nominating employees for their hard work. We have received feedback from companies who have shortlisted staff members and they have told us what a positive effect the award nominations have had on individuals, teams and companies as a whole. The issue of how many categories a company can enter is something we will look into, but again it seems a shame to limit the recognition of great talent in our town. We also need to encourage a wider number of companies to enter the awards, which we will work on for 2021.
~~ The BHBPA Special Person & Special Company awards are thank yous from the BHBPA Directors for all the time & effort that people & companies give to support the Association, often in their own and at the own cost. We don’t ask for nominations for these awards, these are discussed by the Directors and given in recognition of a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes to make the BHBPA work as successfully as it does. For instance, none of the committee who organised the awards night, received any financial compensation to do so.
~~ We will look into this for 2021. Nomination forms were available to download from the newsletter in mid-January and the deadline was 1st March which was around six weeks. We will look to see if we can extend that for 2021. We then need to make sure we give the judges enough time to complete a thorough & rigorous process to ensure each nomination is judged fairly. This is quite a lot of work for the judges and they are also kindly donating their own time to do this for us.
~~ Thank you, we’ll speak to the charity to make sure there are more ticket sellers around during BHBiz 2021.
Thank you once again to everyone for supporting the BHBPA, our BHMB exhibition and the BHBiz Awards. We look forward to another great night on Friday 7th May at the Amex in 2021!!
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