Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards 2017

Well what do you know?  Despite the irony of not actually being a business, we only went and got ourselves invited to the Milton Keynes Business Achievement awards 2017!  That’s right, first there was the MK Digital Awards and now, another awards dinner and celebration for all that is great and good in Milton Keynes has come our way!  Did we deserve it? Probably not. But the price for suffering through a lovely evening  filled with lovely people, not to mention all the  wine and dinner at the Doubletree Hilton, was a bit of tweeting and this post. So because we rather like doing our bit to support local businesses making good on their successes (and it’s fair to say that we also like lovely evenings, lovely people and plenty of wine and dinner) we thought; lets do this.

Mrs P and I were sat on the press table, so I knew we had hit the big time!  We were introduced to the other press partners for the evening, Business MK, yourlocalflyer

and @heathervipers working the prolifically effective @MK_BAA twitter account. Now I know that I have something of a reputation for sarcasm about such corporate events but I feel that it would be somewhat unfair to let rip at this point.  The winners all genuinely seemed to be interested in making a difference in my home city, so good luck to them. The night was very civilised and generally well received by all concerned. I was really pleased with the amount of people all wanting to take part and be proud of Milton Keynes with a turn out of what felt like 500+ people midweek! It’s not always the most popular town in the country but we love MK and it was great to see so many people all ready to celebrate the ways we are working together to make it even better.

However, my favourite moment came with the announcement of the Business of the year because my faith in humanity was restored. The winner was Marshalls Amplification, the amp of choice for anyone who is anyone since 1962.  This picture showed me that the Rock and Roll lifestyle never dies. Huge props go out to that chap in the middle.  I may never know your name but your legacy of sticking it to the man lives on through your subversive drunken corporate photobombing. Shine on you crazy diamond. #rockon #legend

MKBAA Business of the year 2017: Marshalls Amplification
MKBAA Business of the year 2017: Marshalls Amplification


Some Press Release blurb and the winners details for you:

The awards, which this year paid homage to Milton Keynes’ 50 years of growth, saw more entries and a bigger, better and more glamourous awards evening than ever before.

 MKBAA Business of the Year, sponsored by The Open University, is chosen by the judges from the winners of each of twelve categories. Chair of the judging panel, Sir John Southby said Marshall Amplification, which also won the Design and Creativity Award, was a true example of the fantastic growth and success of Milton Keynes business over the past 50 years.

 Established five years prior to the inception of Milton Keynes in 1967, Marshall Amplification is world renowned and sells its products and passion for music globally. With its headquarters based in Bletchley, the company has recently announced the creation of Marshall Records, its very own record label to help bands and musicians record, promote and perform their music. The judges were unanimous in awarding Marshall Amplification the title of Business of the Year 2017.

 The MKBAA Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Barclays, was awarded to Francesca Skelton, former High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire for her significant contribution to the business community in Milton Keynes.

Francesca Skelton, Winner of the MKBAA Lifetime Achievement Award 2017, with host Gail Emms, Judge Sir John Southby Bt and award sponsor Jon Corbett of Barclays
Francesca Skelton, Winner of the MKBAA Lifetime Achievement Award 2017, with host Gail Emms, Judge Sir John Southby Bt and award sponsor Jon Corbett of Barclays

Category winners on the night included:

 The Winners

 Community Impact – sponsored by Destination Milton Keynes (DMK)
 Willen Hospice

 Retail Business – sponsored by Black Cat Distillery
 Ipsos Retail Performance

 Professional Practice – sponsored by City Fibre and dbfb
 Howes Percival

 Hospitality – sponsored by Freeths
 Gulliver’s Resort

 Small Business of the Year – sponsored by Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors
 Sweat Yoga and Pilates

 Design and Creativity – sponsored by National Locums
 Marshall Amplification

 Leisure and Entertainment – sponsored by Debit Finance Collections
 MK Museum

 Energy and Environment – sponsored by Mazars
 SMC Pneumatics

 Cultural Impact – sponsored by Evolution
 MK City Orchestra

 Innovation and Technology – sponsored by Keens Shay Keens
 Evidence Talks

 Young Business Person of the Year – sponsored by Niftylift
 Ben Turner – Simply Race

The awards were once again organised by Milton Keynes Business Leaders Partnership (MKBLP), in association with full service marketing agency Interdirect and event management experts Evolution.

 Chair of MKBLP, Dr Philip Smith MBE said: “Milton Keynes has moved from being a rural part of North Buckinghamshire to one of the most successful economies, and one of the most successful cities in the UK over the last 50 years, and this year’s awards have been a fantastic way to mark and celebrate that success.

 “Now in its fourth consecutive year, Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards continues to go from strength to strength.”

 Commenting on this year’s Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards trophies, Managing Director of Interdirect, Nicholas Mann said: “Incorporating the 50th Birthday of Milton Keynes, this year’s trophies were inspired to bring the past to the present and reflect on the achievements of Milton Keynes as a whole.

 “We hope that award winners will be inspired by the design of this year’s trophies and will take pride in displaying them in their businesses.”

 MKBAA out.


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