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BECBC Shadow Board Awards 2021

Last year in the absence of the BECBC Awards we recognised our members through the Shadow Board Awards, and once again we want to showcase the fantastic work our members have done in 2021.

This year we are doing it slightly differently. Winners of each of the theme awards will be put into further judging to receive the overall BECBC Shadow Board Award as part of the BECBC awards in spring 2022.

In 2020 we had four awards on offer however for 2021 we have added a fifth awarda aligned to Sustainability as well as renaming the awards.

Partnership of the Year (Business Collaboration)

Collaborating is at the core of what BECBC is about that’s why our Shadow Board see it as a key part of their strategy. When we collaborate, if that’s working on projects or as a joint venture, we are increasing our capability as well as growing the diverse economy in Cumbria. We’re looking for a business or individual who has embodied this theme in 2021 through, but not limited to, any of the following;

  • Setting up a new joint venture

  • Working collectively with other BECBC Members

  • Growing your network and contributing to BECBC

Last year’s winner of the ‘Business Collaboration Award’:
All Together Cumbria

Cumbria’s Trailblazer of the Year (Better Place to Live and Work)

We believe that Cumbria is one of the best places to live and work in the UK and that’s why our Shadow Board aim to champion this across all the work we do. We’re now looking to recognise a business or individual who has gone over and above to help support this cause in some way. This could be by doing, but not limited to, any of the following;

  • Demonstrating Cumbria’s excellence to a broad external audience.

  • Encouraging local spending initiatives or supporting community activities.

  • Attracting, retaining and growing talent within the workforce/local area.

  • Taking a lead on developing or supporting a sustainable future for Cumbria.

Last year’s winner of the ‘Better Place to Live and Work Award’:
Copeland Borough Council Shop Local Campaign

Young Leader of the Year (Developing the Next Generation)

The future of the UK’s workforce is in the next generation, young professionals who are keen to develop and grow within our businesses. The last two years have been hard particularly for those early in their careers such as school leavers and apprentices, so we want to recognise a business or individual who has supported those young professionals through, but not limited to, any of the following;

  • Promoting apprenticeships / traineeships within their business or industry

  • Supporting existing junior employees through development opportunities

  • Mentoring or providing time to share experiences with young professionals

Last year’s winner of the ‘Developing the Next Generation Award’:

Diversity & Inclusion Champion of the Year (Diversity and Inclusion)

Supporting diversity and inclusion across Cumbria and in our businesses is not only the right thing to do but supports our collective growth as a community. Looking out for one another has never been as important especially when many of us are working remotely added to the personal restrictions the pandemic has enforced. We are looking to recognise a business or individual who has promoted EDI values through, but not limited to, the following;

  • Promoting EDI campaigns to raise awareness of issues

  • Working with organisations providing support

  • Personally providing support to colleagues

Last year’s winner of the ‘Diversity and Inclusion Award’:
Rebecca Ballantyne – Kreative Kidz Cumbria

Sustainability Innovator of the Year (Sustainability)

This award is new for 2021 and is to show our Shadow Boards commitment to sustainability both from an environmental aspect but also including our social value. Sustainability underpins everything we do as businesses with some key targets set in the future to help us all support the longevity of our communities. We are looking for a business or individual who has embodied sustainability through, but not limited to, any of the following:

  • Promoting sustainable practices in their business and supply chain

  • Achieving milestones against sustainability plans e.g carbon neutral / net zero

  • Successful engagement / outreach with charities / social enterprises

Award Nominations

All the above awards are open to any individual/business who is a current member of BECBC. You’re able to put yourself forward for an award or nominate someone else that you feel is deserving.

Nominations for these awards close 26th November 2021.

Winners will be announced on the 15th December at our Member Meeting.

We hope to be running the full BECBC Awards in spring 2022.

To nominate or apply yourself click the button below:

Award Nominations