Speaker announced for MKBAA 2022

As the judging panel get ready for their final deliberations, the organisers of Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards 2022 have announced Wayne Hemingway MBE as their guest speaker for the prestigious event on 24th March at Stadium MK.

Known as a prolific fashion designer and for his entrepreneurial endeavours, Wayne Hemingway started from humble beginnings but left school with ten O-Levels and four A-Levels and went on to gain a degree in Geography and Town Planning at University.

His career in fashion began when he started to sell some of his and his girlfriend's old wardrobes, which were full of handmade and vintage clothing, at a market and they went down well. With his future wife, Wayne built Red or Dead into a world-wide label and, after 21 seasons on the catwalk, it was sold in a multi-million-pound deal.

They went on to found HemingwayDesign with a mantra of “Design is about improving things that matter in life” and over the past two decades it has delivered many high profile and award-winning affordable new-build housing schemes, 'turned around' troubled estates and undertaken a string of impactful seaside regeneration projects.

Chair of the organisers, Milton Keynes Business Leaders Partnership, Nicholas Mann, said, “Wayne is a sought-after speaker, covering a range of topics from brand loyalty to social responsibility, urban design and his long-term passion of sustainability. This fits well with the MKBAA theme this year, looking at the role Milton Keynes businesses can play in the green recovery.”

The headline sponsors for MKBAA 2022 are Milton Keynes Council, MK Gateway, The Open University and Shoosmiths. There are a small number of other sponsorship opportunities still available. If you are interested, please get in touch at sponsorship@mkbaa.co.uk.