BECBC e-Newsletter No 4 - Nov 2017 (Business Awards Special)

Posted by Hazel Duhy on in Cluster News, Cluster Events, Member News.

BECBC e-Newsletter No 4 - Nov 2017 (Business Awards Special)


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Brains, beauty and heart!

This edition is all about the 2017 Business Awards of Britain's Energy Coast Business Cluster, partly background to a couple of the winners and also a few insights for those who weren’t able to be there.

On the night, I thanked everyone for joining us, not only to mark the success of our members’ businesses but also to celebrate the success of our friends. That theme seemed to run through the evening and there was a great atmosphere throughout.

I talked about the benefits of Cumbria’s relatively low population and rurality and the amazing scale and reach of BECBC member companies combined with being on the doorstep of the UK’s largest and newest UNESCO World Heritage site; the Lake District of course. I think this shows that we have brains and beauty!

Being smaller enables innovation and gives us the ability to achieve big outcomes at a lower cost.  It creates a community of relationships – the heart - which intertwine our home lives and our work lives. And it creates an effective business community of friends who are in it for the long run, a sustainable attitude driven by an understanding that one can only truly succeed if others in the value chain are also successful.

That’s one of our strengths but, to achieve our potential, more of us need to reach out and create those links, connections and friendships beyond our borders. Professor John Fyfe contacted me to emphasise our winners’ role in this, shouting about their success so that Cumbria’s strengths and achievements are recognised elsewhere (CLICK HERE to view full comments online).  Learn from those in our area that are already doing this, those companies big and small who already export and operate throughout the UK and the world. We also need to welcome new entrants to our region, creating the kind of friendships that encourage them to put down roots, to engage with our SMEs and to become contributing members of our community.

We may not be able to replicate that single degree of separation on a global scale but, if we can work to reduce it nationally, to extend our reach and to use the Business Cluster’s reputation and connections while welcoming new partners, we’ll see the sort of growth and prosperity that will enable Cumbria and all its communities to thrive.

Best wishes
Ivan Baldwin
Chair of BECBC



Business Awards Winners 2017
In case you missed the announcements and publicity, we had one of the most diverse selections of winners ever for the BECBC Business Awards with the new split into Micro, SME and Large Businesses of the Year creating a good range of size and the results also showing a diversity of sectors and expertise.
FULL DETAILS are online including videos, links and further information

Double Winners!
Two member companies went home with double Awards on Thursday night. Kaefer were successful in both the Socio Economic Contribution to West Cumbria category and the Large Business of the Year and Prima Uno Limited won the Growing Business category for the second year running while MD, Sarah Purdham, won the members’ vote for the Businessperson of the Year 2017.

BECBC Special Recognition Award
This category was kept under wraps until the night of the Business Awards. It was a chance to celebrate the achievements so far of the World of Work programme (including the online calendar of events and opportunities) and to look forward to the next phase of this initiative. Thanks to the University of Cumbria for sponsoring the Award and to Phil Bennett of Wood for collecting the Award on behalf of the Sector Group.

Awards Dinner Charity Fundraising
Thank you to everyone who contributed cash and unopened wine to Hospice at Home West Cumbria at the Business Awards dinner. The amount raised will be revealed at the December BECBC Member Meeting.  Several attendees donated wine and about a dozen bottles are now safely with Linda and her team as prizes for future fundraisers.

December BECBC Member Meeting
The Member Meeting on Wednesday 13 December at Energus will include a review of the Business Awards, further interviews with winners and supporters plus a chance to network over refreshments while showing off your Christmas jumpers! See you there from 9.00am.


BECBC Events – coming up soon

Thursday 29 Nov
BECBC Workshop: Data Protection – your legal obligations (GDPR)
delivered by QG Management Standards and Indelible Data

Tuesday 12 Dec
BECBC Socio Economic Sector Group Meeting

Wednesday 13 Dec
BECBC Member Meeting with Christmas Networking Lunch

Full calendar of BECBC, member and industry events online here.


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Hazel Duhy, BECBC Admin Manager.