21st March 2024
Marshall Arena, Stadium MK
21st March 2024, Marshall Arena, Stadium MK

The prestigious Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards took place on 23 March at Stadium MK to celebrate the business community’s achievements, the first ceremony since Milton Keynes became an official city.

The theme for this year’s awards was ‘Celebrating Diversity’ and many of the night’s winners demonstrated their commitment in this area, showing how their own business practices and ethos focussed on inclusivity and reaching out to the wider community.

Over 600 guests packed out the ballroom to hear the 14 category winners announced on stage. The prominent Business of the Year award was won by Diversity Marketplace, who overall picked up three awards on the night. The judges commented on the organisation’s clear and strongly held ambition to make Milton Keynes a truly diverse and inclusive city.

The celebrated Lifetime Achievement Award went to Dr Julies Mills OBE, who recently retired after being Principal at Milton Keynes College for over 11 years. During that time, Julie has overseen several major projects at the college, greatly improving the lives of its colleagues, learners and the wider MK community.

Chair of MKBAA organisers Milton Keynes Business Leaders Partnership, Nicholas Mann, said, “This year we saw a record number of entries into the awards, so that made our judging panel’s decisions even harder. So many businesses have championed their own diversity and inclusion work, so it’s fantastic to be able to celebrate that together, as a vibrant and thriving business community.”

“On what was also a sell-out night, on behalf of the entire MKBAA team, I’d like to congratulate all of our winners, and to thank all entrants, judges, sponsors, speakers and guests, without whom the awards just couldn’t take place.”

Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards 2023 – winners in full:

Business Impact in the Community
WINNER: Diversity Marketplace

Charity of the Year
WINNER: YMCA Milton Keynes

Culture & Arts
WINNER: Camphill MK Communities

Customer Service
WINNER: George Davis Turf

Celebrating Diversity:
WINNER: Diversity Marketplace

Design & Creativity
WINNER: Red Giraffe

Leisure & Entertainment
WINNER: Stadium MK   

Entrepreneur of the Year
WINNER: Odette Mould, Harry’s Rainbow            

WINNER: REAS | KonnekApp

WINNER: Clearview Intelligence

New Business
WINNER: Incubation Nation

Professional Services
WINNER: Howes Percival

Small and Medium Business
WINNER: Yellowyoyo

Micro Business:
WINNER: Marc Davies Bespoke Interiors

Business of the Year
WINNER: Diversity Marketplace

Lifetime Achievement Award
WINNER: Dr Julie Mills OBE

The headline sponsors for MKBAA 2023 are Milton Keynes Council, The Open University and Brioche Pasquier UK.

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