Businesses are to be recognised and celebrated next year with the launch of the Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards (MKBAA).
Presented by Milton Keynes Business Leaders Partnership (MKBLP), in association with Interdirect, the awards will recognise achievement in 10 categories, and cover a wide spectrum of business activities.
Speaking at the launch of the awards Philip Smith, chairman of MKBLP, which works to identify and develop strategic interests specific to the business community in the city, said: “We recognise the need to acknowledge the work of the many organisations in the Milton Keynes area who are doing outstanding work by not only promoting their organisations, but also the city of Milton Keynes, and provide employment and entertainment for the many people who choose to live here. “We hope that the Business Achievement Awards will go some way to recognising those companies and to raise awareness of the extraordinary talent we have. This is all about MK.
“I am delighted that we have successfully secured three major Milton Keynes businesses to become the award’s headline sponsors. Shakespeares Solicitors, Milton Keynes University Campus and Casino MK have all recognised the value in the awards. In addition, we are pleased to announce Business MK as our media partner.”
The awards dinner will be held in March 2014 and award entries will be accepted from December 9when the MKBAA website is launched.
Nicholas Mann, managing director of full service marketing agency, Interdirect, the joint-organiser and major contributor to the new awards said: “I used to very much enjoy the annual awards ceremonies of the past; especially, if Interdirect won.
“I believe passionately that the achievements of Milton Keynes businesses should be recognised and celebrated on an annual basis. So, when it looked like no awards were to take place this year, I started to think about organising it ourselves, even if it meant Interdirect would not be able to enter.
“It appears that Philip and I had a similar idea around recognising Milton Keynes businesses and when we talked it seemed the right thing to combine our skills.
“One thing that both Business Leaders and Interdirect are keen to stress is the complete transparency of the application and judging processes. To this end, all award entries will be submitted online and, in fact, the majority of the judging will be done online as well.
“Interdirect is honoured to be a part of the Business Achievement Awards and we look forward to a successful night for Milton Keynes.”
The Awards evening will be a black tie event held at the Double Tree by Hilton at stadium:mk. Visit www.mkbaa.co.uk for to register an interest.