Milton Keynes Businesses Celebrate Success at Annual Awards

National Locums and Dr Ann Limb CBE DL are the big winners at this year’s prestigious Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards.

As an organisation that reflects the drive and dynamism of Milton Keynes, National Locums impressed the judges with its sustained growth, including the imminent launch of its operations overseas, earning it the title of Business of the Year 2016.

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 National Locums, which also won the Professional Practice Award, was an exciting and innovative example of Milton Keynes business.

The MKBAA Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Barclays, was awarded to Ann, for her significant contribution to the business community in Milton Keynes, raising the profile of her own sector, organisation, and, that of the region in a positive way.

There was much applause and appreciation as Ann’s name was read out by compere Debra Stephenson. 

Category winners on the night included:

The Winners

Hospitality – sponsored by Freeths
The Brasserie at Milton Keynes College

Professional Practice – sponsored by Keens Shay Keens
National Locums

Design and Creativity – sponsored by Evolution
David Coles Architects

Private Business – sponsored by Geoffrey Leaver

Logistics and Distribution – sponsored by Cranfield University
John Lewis

Leisure and Entertainment – sponsored by Bletchley Parks Trust
The Stables

Community Impact – sponsored by Destination MK
MK Gallery

Environmental – sponsored by Dentons
Bridgman and Bridgman LLP

Innovation and Technology – sponsored by Kingston Smith
Comms 365

Manufacturing – sponsored by Santander Corporate & Commercial
SMC Pnuematics UK

Independent Retailer – sponsored by One MK
Willen Hospice Retail

New Business – sponsored by Invest MK – MK Council
Jeanius Consulting Ltd

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: “Now in its third consecutive year, Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards continues to go from strength to strength, highlighting the dynamic and innovative approach taken by so many of Milton Keynes’ inspiring businesses.

“It was fantastic to see 600 smartly dressed guests at the Double Tree by Hilton tonight, all eager to support their friends and colleagues from businesses across Milton Keynes.”

The photographs from MKBAA 2016 are now available to view and download at