There were several key announcements at Wednesday’s Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster (BECBC) members’ meeting (7 February) and plenty of news about this year’s BECBC Business Awards.
New categories for 2018 include a Collaboration award and a refreshed category entitled SME Innovation and Creativity as well as a Rising Star of the Year Award to be decided by member vote later in the year. Main sponsor for the event will be Sellafield Ltd and other companies with sponsorship agreed so far include Kaefer, Wood, Orano, Balfour Beatty, NIS, Fluid Productions and a joint sponsorship by two SME support programmes that are partnerships among local universities, Eco-Innovation Cumbria and the Cumbria Innovations Platform.
Alison Johnston is one of the BECBC Board members involved in organising the BECBC Business Awards 2018: “We work hard each year to keep the Business Awards fresh and attractive to both sponsors and entrants. I think the two new categories, Collaboration and SME Innovation and Creativity, will bring to the fore great stories from our members that we can celebrate in November and it’s encouraging to have so much early interest from sponsors. A big thank you goes to all of them as BECBC would not be able to organise this event without their financial support and enthusiasm.”
Emma-Jayne Gooch of Sellafield Ltd is a regular presenter and participant at BECBC meetings: “I’ve seen for myself the benefits to local businesses of taking part in and winning one of these Awards. It’s exactly the sort of project that Sellafield Ltd wants to enable as part of its priority to support business excellence across our supply chain. We have been a sponsor of the BECBC Business Awards for several years now and look forward to finding out more about some great Cumbrian successes in the months ahead.”
Entries are now open for the Business Awards with a closing date of Friday 25 May and the gala dinner and announcements will be at Energus on Thursday 22 November 2018. On that night, the work of West Cumbria Carers will be highlighted to guests and all money raised will go to this local charity. In 2017, the event raised £2,500 for Hospice at Home West Cumbria.
“We’re very grateful to all the BECBC members who recommended us as the 2018 charity,” said Michelle McGibbon, Community Fundraising Coordinator for West Cumbria Carers. “As well as being a valuable fundraising opportunity, it’s also a great chance to raise awareness of our work and to highlight the role of employers in supporting the unpaid carers on their staff teams.”
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Michelle McGibbon of West Cumbria Carers with John Grainger, Head Judge for the BECBC Business Awards
BECBC Business Awards winners in 2017