Shortlists for BECBC Business Awards 2017 announced

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

Shortlists for BECBC Business Awards 2017 announced

Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster (BECBC) has announced the shortlists for its Business Awards 2017, as well as Carr’s Engineering as the Main Event sponsor.  The shortlists feature 13 different businesses in six categories, sponsored by other BECBC member companies and organisations. 

John Grainger, Stakeholder Relations Director for BECBC, chaired a panel of shortlisting judges made up of Fred Sheil of Fred Sheil Consulting, Joanne Chambers of Lakeland Capabilities and Tracy Stainton of Burnetts Solicitors.  “The judges were presented with plenty of high calibre submissions,” said John, “and it was a tough job shorlisting them.  It has certainly worked well to include the new Micro Business of the Year category and it’s good to see three of last year’s winners, the University of Cumbria, Nuvia and NIS Limited sponsoring this year’s awards. I’d like to congratulate everyone on their work so far and wish them the very best of luck in the final judging.”

The categories, sponsors and shortlists are as follows:

Socio Economic Commitment to West Cumbria – Sponsored by Balfour Beatty

  • Kaefer
  • Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure
  • Nuvia

Inspiring People – Sponsored by NIS Limited

  • Blue Shadow Marketing
  • Energus
  • Hargreaves Ductwork

Growing Business - Sponsored by Nuvia Limited

  • Adamedia Limited
  • Prima Uno Limited
  • QG Management Standards and Indelible Data (joint entry

Micro Business of the Year – Sponsored by Morgan Sindall

  • Adamedia Limited
  • Blue Shadow Marketing
  • Flame Concepts

SME of the Year – Sponsored by Amec Foster Wheeler

  • Energus
  • Grisdales Estate Agents
  • Prima Uno Limited

Large Business of the Year – Sponsored by Carr's Engineering

  • Balfour Beatty
  • Kaefer
  • Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure
  • TSP Engineering

Two categories are still to be announced with nominations for the Business Innovation category being run along different lines and a shortlist for Businessperson of the Year to be announced in August with voting by Business Cluster members in the Autumn. Expert judging will take place over the summer with judges visiting the shortlisted companies and talking to entrants to find the winner in each category. Winners will be announced at the Gala Dinner at Energus on Thursday 23 November 2017. 

“The Business Awards have grown and evolved and this is the first year that we’ve made them an annual event,” said Alison Johnston of Dodd & Co Accountants and a member of the BECBC Board.“It’s great to see some relatively recent members among those shortlisted and several dynamic younger companies too. They may not all be familiar names but that’s part of the purpose of the Business Awards – celebrating successes and showcasing the best of Cumbrian business.”

John Grainger concluded: “It’s excellent to have a major Cumbrian business like Carr’s Engineering involved as our Main Event and Large Business of the Year sponsor for 2017 and I’m pleased that the range of those shortlisted says a lot about the Business Cluster’s membership.  This year’s shortlists have representation from marketing and project management, hospitality and aerial filming as well as the engineering, nuclear and decommissioning specialists you might expect.  I don’t envy the judges their job over the summer but look forward to celebrating their decisions in November.”

Further details of the Awards and the remaining sponsorship options (ranging from £250 to £4,000) are available from Hazel Duhy, BECBC Admin Manager.