A Vision for a Healthier City

12th March 2020

Corona Virus / COVID-19 Notice

Throughout the global spread of COVID-19, we, the organisers of MKBAA, have been carefully monitoring the advice of Public Health England with regards to public events and whether they should continue.

This is a very dynamic situation and one that we continue to monitor very closely. Whilst it would appear that there are signs that public health advice might change in the near future, current advice is that, save for people that have recently visited 'affected areas' who should self-isolate, it is business as usual.

We accept that the advice of individual firms as regards to their employees might differ from this. Where this advice is different, we respect the decisions of our valued partners, sponsors and supporters, if they decide that they are unable to attend.

Beyond this, the decision to attend should be made on an individual basis, whilst taking into account your own personal health and concerns for safety. However, please note that unless Public Health England enforces a lockdown today, which prevents us from holding the event, it will continue. Please also note that we are unable to issue refunds should you or your firm decide not to attend.

We would ask you to exercise your own judgment and to not attend if you have any concerns about your underlying health condition or if you are showing any symptoms of cold or flu.

Please also be assured that we have been liaising with the venue to ensure that all reasonable hygiene measures are being talking to keep you safe, once you are at our event.

Yours sincerely,

Nicholas Mann Chair, Milton Keynes Business Leaders Partnership

MKBAA 2020

This year the Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards (MKBAA) is proud to focus upon the overall health and wellbeing of our great city, its inhabitants, organisations and workforce. We will judge organisations' excellence not just on profit but also on their contributions to environmental sustainability; workforce well being and social well being..

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We define health in every way, including:

Mental - with the royals recently adding their powerful voices to the increasing calls to raise awareness, the issue of mental health is currently a big topic that we should not only promote, but also measure our award entrants upon. What are our entrants doing to honour their responsibilities to care for and safeguard their employees' mental health?

Physical - tragically, for a city with so many wonderful green spaces connected by an extensive Redway network that spans over 200 miles, the residents and workers or our city are famously unhealthy. Yet there have been many initiatives, such as Pedalling Culture and Leap, that encourage residents and workers alike to take breaks and discover healthier lifestyles. What do our entrants do in order to promote physical health amongst their workforces?

Environmental - chillingly, it is said that humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970, and with future estimates suggesting that a further one million species are on the verge of extinction. Never before has the pressure to act to improve the health and sustainability of our environment been so great. This responsibility clearly falls to us all, businesses and residents alike, so this year our awards entrants will be assessed on what they are doing to meet their obligations to future generations.

Financial - whilst the emphasis on this year's awards is not all about 'more at the expense of everything else' it is, after all, a business achievement awards, so of course we need to check on the financial resilience of each entrant.