BH BIZ STAR 2024 AWARDS

The big event will be held at the AmEx Stadium on Friday the 24th May from 6.30pm to 1.00am.

It will start with a drinks reception, followed by a three course dinner, the awards ceremony itself and special guest entertainment.

Winning awards is one thing that will galvanise a team to even greater things. We’d like to think the BH Biz Stars are a little different from the rest. While acknowledging the commitment of our business leaders and founders, to get their businesses to where they are now, we also offer the opportunity for your staff to be celebrated as well.

Being nominated for an award is just part of the process. Entering for one of our categories is of itself a useful exercise, helping you to focus on your achievements. It can be used in good stead for other national awards you may want to consider in your own sector.

Winning any award is a marvellous testament to your company ethos and commitment to doing good business…and it’s PR and marketing gold dust!

Our Gala Awards evening will be held in the Mayo Wynne Baxter Hall as pictured on this page. This magnificent venue holds 400. For the last event we held, way back in 2019, there were 350 guests on the night. Ticket sales will begin soon, with special rates when you book a table of ten.

You’ll be hearing more on all aspects of the evening both here and in our weekly newsletter.

You can enter up to three categories – Please download the application form on this page.

Let’s celebrate what makes Burgess Hill a great place to do business and work: Our BHBPA members!
Our awards focus on the most of important part of any business – your people
Judges recognise the achievements of employees from the top to the bottom of organisations for their contribution to the workplace and their community. Whether that is an individual at the sharp end of the business, helping to drive your business, or that truly invaluable star that holds everything together and makes it all work. We have a category for just such an individual – our Bright Star award.
 
We also celebrate your newer staff with the broad category that is Star Apprentice. He or she does not have to be an apprentice per se, they could be a trainee or a newcomer to your business who has that special shine to them.
 
We promise a spectacular evening. Starting with a drinks reception, there’ll be a three course gala dinner with wine and great entertainment.
 
We have striven to keep the ticket prices as reasonable as possible, to encourage you to bring your teams to celebrate together. There will be discounts on block bookings of tables of ten at £750, and we’ll offer that rate for tables of eight as well. Individual ticket price will be £85 per person.
Early Bird Prices

We’ll launch tickets for the big night on Friday 1st March with early bird prices!

Who can enter

To enter our awards you must be a member!

You can also nominate others as long as they work in a member business.

You can enter up to three different categories, but in each category you have the opportunity to make multiple entries. So if you have several ‘Bright Stars’ or ‘Star Apprentices’, tell us why they’re exceptional.

Read about what we are looking for in each of the award descriptions below. Our judges are looking for evidenced submissions so make it apparent what has been achieved.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Once you’re done, send the completed forms, together with any supporting evidence, testimonials and the like to:

richard.cox@bhbpa.co.uk

AWARD CATEGORIES

This nomination is for a company that creates a great working environment for its staff. It probably retains staff for longer because it looks after them so well; there is a buzz of social activity and it’s a place where people are happy and proud to work and are quick to say so. Staff are encouraged to support each other to get the job done; it’s a company/business that accepts mistakes are part of human behaviour; it encourages ideas and welcomes constructive criticism. It’s somewhere everyone is treated with respect.

This should be a company that has the environment in mind in all its activities. It realises the importance of weighing environmental factors against profit; it encourages staff to be green thinking and green acting; it can demonstrate an active recycling programme.  In this category, we are looking for actions, not words!

We are looking for inspiring positive change and a culture of inclusivity and diversity where EDI is valued and a critical part of the organisation’s mission. A company that has shown demonstrable commitment to place equality and positive relations with its staff and customers at the forefront of what it does.

An organisation where the staff can raise difficult issues on all protective characteristics and promote good practice beyond compliance of the legislation. We are looking for tangible actions by all staff that celebrate the diversity of its own staff and communities around it.

The Community Champion is a company that recognises its corporate social responsibilities (CSR). That involvement in the community could take any number of forms. A company that offers materials to schools, or sponsors team kits for local rugby, football, or cricket teams. A company happy to give its time to support the community by, for example, allowing staff to spend a day at a hospice or other volunteer activities, or helping pack and deliver local Christmas Hampers. Perhaps you allow staff to take time out to fulfil their duties as a Trustee or Treasurer of a local charity.

The company that has made a standout contribution locally over this last year. Visiting schools for careers fairs and mock interviews, hosting visits from pupils, offering work placements, perhaps to multiple local secondary schools. A company that is a keen and active promoter of Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) related activities that help to nurture future local talent. Giving valuable staff time during both school hours or for after school clubs for STEM activities or any other programme promoting sustainability, innovation, entrepreneurship, business and citizenship skills. 

This Award is made to an individual, team or company whose endeavours to raise money for charity are exceptional; who go out of their way for others and clearly enjoy the challenge, fun and enjoyment. They may have made a one-off commitment, or they may have shown dedication over time to raise money for a charity or support a good cause.

Is there a member of staff that always brightens the working day? Your nominee might be the person most other members of staff would suggest as a spokesperson for the group; someone who knows what is going on, is usually involved in it, and often leading it.

Perhaps someone whose worth to the company has only become clear after time; someone who always gets the job done, and done well, but never brags about it, a person who elicits a comment like “Thank goodness, we have him/her. Don’t know what we’d do without them!”

For a newcomer to the company, an apprentice or trainee who has shown enthusiasm, willingness to do more, creativity, genuinely fits in well with all staff, will get on in this business.

A company award, or an award for a group or team within a company, who get results, perhaps smash targets, for example, perhaps a HR team who have innovated, made great changes with success, who have worked well together to move the company forward. Alternatively, this could be the entire company if you are just a small group of less than 10 people.

Perhaps this is a younger person, clearly ‘going places’; is always on the ball, challenging management with new ideas perhaps, figuring stuff out for themselves without waiting to be told or asked; the sort of employee the business would do well to hold on to. Someone on a fast track to bigger things in your business.

Or perhaps the ultimate seasoned professional, he or she usually knows the best route to take for the business. They are someone younger staff look up to/go to for advice; they are a useful and obvious representative of the company, an ambassador for the business. This person is perhaps recognised as influential outside of the workplace, in the local business community or nationally within your sector.

The top award for a company – there are many ways in which your application will be given consideration. A leader in sustainability, a magnet attracting the best people, treats employees well, generates a good company ethos, one which makes its workforce proud, generous to charity, good CSR contribution and makes a good profit ethically.

However old your business you will be considered, perhaps you started up but a few years ago and are now approaching a scale up stage. You’re a successful, growing, innovative, creative company with exuberant, enthusiastic staff working well together.

Awards application form

To enter any of the above awards please provide your name, company name and email address and you'll presented with a link from which you can download our application form. Please return completed forms to Richard.cox@bhbpa.co.uk no later than Friday 29th March.

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SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Headline Sponsor

The team at  Sherrards Employment Law Solicitors are delighted that the firm are Headline Sponsors of the BHBPA BH Biz Star 2024 Business Awards.

We have been members of the BHBPA for a number of years now and really value our membership within the local business community. The association offers fantastic opportunities to network and keep in touch with like-minded local businesses keen to firmly put our area on the map. 

2024 is an important year for Sherrards as we celebrate 25 years in business! Over those years we have worked with and supported many businesses in Burgess Hill and the wider Sussex area and we are really looking forward to recognising and highlighting BHBPA member’s achievements through the eleven award categories for the BH Biz Star 2024 Business Awards.

CATEGORY SPONSOR

The categories can be sponsored by any member.

The category sponsorship package includes:

  • 2 free tickets to the event itself (total ticket value = £180)
  • Your company’s  name on the Winner’s trophy
  • Presentation of the trophy at the Awards event in May
  • Your company logo in the awards brochure at the evening event
  • Your company logo as a clickable link on our Awards page on our website describing the category
  • Your company logo on the email signature we provide to each award’s nominees, and later for the winners
  • Prominent mentions of your sponsorship when that category is promoted online, in social media and in the newsletter

The cost of category sponsorship: £1,800

OTHER SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Table Gift sponsor: £900
  • Sponsor logo incorporated into the table gifts or gifts to be provided by sponsor (gift to be approved by BHBPA prior to the event).
  • Includes a 1/4 page advert in the programme given to all c300-400 guests (advert to be provided by business).
  • Sponsor logo displayed on the BHBPA website.
  • Sponsor logo displayed in evening programme.
  • One free place to the awards evening. (Total ticket value = £90).
 
Reception Drink sponsor:  £1500
  • Includes a 1/4 page advert in the programme given to all c300 guests (advert to be provided by business)
  • Sponsor logo displayed on the BHBPA website.
  • Sponsor logo displayed in evening programme.
  • One free place to the awards evening. (Total ticket value = £90).
  • The Drinks Reception is held in the large room/bar area above the Mayo Wynne Baxter Hall. This room has multimedia screens – where your logo and other content can be seen alongside BHBPA content – Your content to be discussed in partnership with BHBPA’s content creation team.
 
Evening Programme sponsor: £900
  • Includes a 1/4 page advert in the programme given to all c300-400 guests (advert to be provided by business).
  • Programme to be created and printed will be a quality booklet using fine materials, similar to that produced for the BHBPA Expo in Jan 2023.
  • One programme to be placed at each seating place during the dinner.
  • Sponsor logo displayed on the BHBPA website.
  • Sponsor logo displayed in evening programme.
  • One free place to the awards evening. (Total ticket value = £90).
 
Media Partner:  £1500 
  • Includes a 1/4 page advert in the programme given to all c300-400 guests (advert to be provided by business).
  • Programme to be created and printed will be a quality booklet using fine materials, similar to that produced for the BHBPA Expo in Jan 2023.
  • One programme to be placed at each seating place during the dinner.
  • Sponsor logo displayed on the BHBPA website.
  • Sponsor logo displayed in evening programme.
  • One free place to the awards evening. (Total ticket value = £90).
 
Entertainment sponsor: £900
  • Includes a 1/4 page advert in the programme given to all c300-400 guests (to provided by business)
  • BHBPA to source entertainment for the evening including a live band for the dancing after the awards presentation and possibly (subject to event planning) a close up magician moving between tables during the various courses.
  • Sponsor logo displayed on the BHBPA website Sponsor logo displayed in evening programme
  • One free place to the awards evening (Total ticket value = £90).

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