The Bletchley Park Trust and MK Dons’ chairman Pete Winkelman have both been honoured at this year’s Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards.
Thursday night’s sell-out event saw the home of the wartime code reakers named as Business of the Year, whilst Pete received a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Judging panel chairman Sir John Southby said that The Bletchley Park Trust, which also won the Leisure & Entertainment Award and which has gone from being threatened with demolition to become an international heritage site, was “exciting, dynamic and innovative”.
He added: “We were most impressed with their strategy, development and constant improvement. Their tenacity to move forward has meant their great success is a triumph, recognised within the Milton Keynes area and beyond,” he said.
The MK BAA Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Barclays, is given to an individual or organisation that makes an outstanding contribution to the business community, raising the profile of their own sector, organisation and that of Milton Keynes in a positive way.
There was a standing ovation as Pete’s name was read out by compere Kate Adie and he made his way to the stage. A short video was shown, encapsulating his dream of bringing top flight football to the city and the jobs and economic growth it has generated.
He told guests he was stunned to have been chosen and said building a football team, the stadium and the developments they brought was the result of Milton Keynes people working in partnership with each other.
“That is what makes us special,” he said.