Kate Adie to attend Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards

Dr Philip Smith presents a cheque to Julia Upton, chief executive of MK Community Foundation
Dr Philip Smith presents a cheque to Julia Upton, chief executive of MK Community Foundation

Kate Adie is to be the guest speaker at the Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards 2015.

The journalist and former war correspondent, has been invited to compere the second MK BAA Awards which were offically launched last night with the aim of building on the success of the inaugural awards held in March.

MPMC Kate Adie

MPMC Kate Adie

Members of Milton Keynes’ Business Leaders Partnership and sponsors of last year’s event

attended the launch at The Casino MK.

Dr Philip Smith, chairman of MK Business Leaders Partnership, which is presenting the awards in

association with full service agency Interdirect and event management company Evolution,

said 2015 will be even bigger and better.

> Bigger – with more award categories, and easier online entry with amended criteria

to reflect Milton Keynes’ diverse mix of business sizes and types.

< Better – with a new venue layout and an after-show party with music.

He added: “MK BAA 2014 was a resounding success and we are very proud of that achievement, and

for 2015 we will make it an even greater celebration of Milton Keynes’ business success.

He urged all businesses with an MK postcode to consider entering for an award, and to

visit the MK BAA 2015 website at www.mkbaa.co.uk.

Fulfilling a pledge that the net proceeds from the 2014 awards would go towards a trust

fund for start-up and emerging businesses, Mr Smith presented a cheque for £5,013

from MK Business Leaders to Julia Upton, chief executive of Milton Keynes Community

Foundation, which will administer the fund.

She said the donation came as a report showed that in parts of Milton Keynes two out of

five children lived in poverty.

She said: “That cycle can be broken with investment in skills,

start-up businesses and social enterprise. Thank you, and we are looking forward to MK

BAA 2015 and will be there rooting for you,” she said.

For information on sponsorship opportunities, entering an award or for tickets for the

event visit www.mkbaa.co.uk