More Entries Please for 2016 says Dr Philip Smith

Dr Philip Smith, chair of MKBLP and organiser of the MK BAA looks back on the success of the 2015 awards, discusses the changes implemented this year and looks forward to more entries coming in for the 2016 awards.

"By any standards Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards 2015 was a great success and MK Business Leaders Partnership is proud to have delivered another great event. With nearly 600 guests, up more than 15% on 2014, it was a sell-out. 

We had some great feedback - for our compere, the distinctive trophies, the fabulous live band and the food and service. There was a fantastic reception in the room for all our winners and especially for the deserved Lifetime Achievement Award to Pete Winkelman and Business of the Year Award for Bletchley Park.  And we produced a further surplus to be donated to the Business Leaders Fund for start-up businesses, held by the Milton Keynes Community Foundation.Dr Philip Smith speaking at the MK BAA 2016 launch event

The chatter and laughter as guests met and mingled before the show, demonstrated how in just two years MK BAA has become the biggest and probably the friendliest, annual gathering of business people in the region. MK Business Leaders always envisaged MK BAA as THE showcase recognising and rewarding local business excellence, to sit alongside our breakfast briefings, dinners with significant key speakers and our regular contact with local and national government, regional agencies and business informers and influencers. 

MK Business leaders is not resting on its laurels to improve and further establish the event. At the top of our to-do list is reaching more businesses and persuading them of the benefits of entering. They include the positive media exposure generated, the effect on staff morale and for finalists - a great night out. For MK BAA 2016 we have actress, comedienne and gifted impersonator Debra Stephenson as compere and a few surprises up our sleeve. 

In 2015 we expected a greater response from businesses in those entry categories where this area is so strong – in Logistics & Distribution, in Retail and in Manufacturing and we want to see them much better represented. There are thousands of other businesses of all kinds within the MK postcode area, and that includes Bedford and Buckingham, who have yet to be part of MKBAA. They can enter one of the 12 open award categories and have the chance to shine in 2016.

We have a streamlined two-stage online entry process that is even easier to navigate, as well as the opportunity for businesses to be nominated by others. We are now open for entries online, but remember the closing date is November 30, 2015.

If you would like to find out how your business can be a part of MK BAA 2016 as a sponsor or supporter, please contact me at , and I hope to see you there on March 10, 2016."