Small & Medium Business

SME’s make up 98% of the businesses in Milton Keynes and deliver over half the jobs. What makes your SME different? What makes it a great place to work for or with? What product or service do you provide that makes you successful and stand out from the other 11,000 plus smaller businesses operating in and around Milton Keynes? The judges are looking to understand why you are unique and why you deserve to win the SME of the year accolade.

2020: A Vision for a Healthier City

This year the Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards (MKBAA) is proud to focus upon the overall health and wellbeing of our great city, its inhabitants, organisations and workforce. We will judge organisations’ excellence not just on profit but also on their contributions to environmental sustainability; workforce well-being and social well-being. We define health in every way, including:

  • Mental – with the royals recently adding their powerful voices to the increasing calls to raise awareness, the issue of mental health is currently a big topic that we should not only promote, but also measure our award entrants upon. What are our entrants doing to honour their responsibilities to care for and safeguard their employees’ mental health?
  • Physical – tragically, for a city with so many wonderful green spaces connected by an extensive Redway network that spans over 200 miles, the residents and workers or our city are famously unhealthy. Yet there have been many initiatives, such as Pedalling Culture and Leap that encourage residents and workers alike to take breaks and discover healthier lifestyles. Indeed 2020 will see Milton Keynes become UK City of Sport. So what do our entrants do in order to promote physical health amongst their workforces?
  • Environmental – chillingly, it is said that humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970, and with future estimates suggesting that a further one million species are on the verge of extinction. Never before has the pressure to act to improve the health and sustainability of our environment been so great. This responsibility clearly falls to us all, businesses and residents alike, so this year our awards entrants will be assessed on what they are doing to meet their obligations to future generations.
  • Financial – whilst the emphasis on this year’s awards is not all about ‘more at the expense of everything else’ it is, after all, a business achievement awards, so of course we need to check on the financial resilience of each entrant.