Why MK Council is supporting MKBAA

As the deadline for entries to the 2017 Awards gets ever closer (23 November), we’ve been talking to one of our key headline sponsors, Milton Keynes Council, about why they continue to support  the Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards but this year as a headline sponsor , and why they believe businesses should step up and enter.

Milton Keynes Council delivers 250 services for more than 265,000 MK residents every year, ranging from supporting children, families and adults in need to maintaining roads and pavements, from planning permissions and licensing to housing services, and much more. But another, vitally important service is the role of continuing to grow and develop Milton Keynes’ thriving business community.

From its inception nearly 50 years ago, Milton Keynes has put a high emphasis on stimulating the business base – to help the local economy, create jobs and increase the population through relocation. More than 11,000 companies now operate from MK, made up of thousands of local start-ups and home-grown success stories, plus hundreds of firms that have relocated here from elsewhere in the UK. The range of sectors that now call Milton Keynes home is vast including automotive, rail, science and technology, business services and logistics.

The breadth of the categories in this year’s MKBAA Awards is a reflection of the strength of the business community within the city and Milton Keynes Council is keen to see that rewarded.

Cllr Liz Gifford, Cabinet Member for Business Development commented, “In Milton Keynes we are very proud of the businesses that are located here; from the multi-national company headquarters to the small business startups – they all help to make a diverse and successful business landscape, which ultimately benefits us all.”

“Our sponsorship of the MKBAA Awards allows us to reflect on the last year. Look at individual businesses across many different sectors and many different award categories, and to pick out the very best of the best.”

“When we are in the marketplace talking to investors and other companies about why they should look at Milton Keynes; recognising the efforts of these individual companies and the staff they employ helps us to showcase why Milton Keynes is the place to be right now.”

Liz also went on to explain that getting that all important entry in is just the start of an exciting process, which could ultimately lead to being nominated and possibly being an overall category winner. Both achievements can greatly benefit the individual company, with press exposure, case studies and a social media presence allowing them to showcase what make them stand out from the crowd.

Don’t forget, deadline for entries is 23 November 2016.