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BECBC celebrates Business Award winners 2017

The winners of the BECBC Business Awards 2017. L-R: Adam Pearson (Adamedia), Rachel Ritson (Grisdales Estate Agents), Elizabeth Atkinson (Kaefer), Jonny Hirst (Kaefer) Sarah Purdham (Prima Uno), Adrienne Easterbrook (Energus), Dennis May and Joanne Mahone (both Kaefer). Back L-R: Phil Bennett (Wood and BECBC Socio Economic Sector Group), Keith Pearson (Adamedia), Shaun Stanger (Energus), Ian Tattersall (MD of Kaefer), Ian Spencer, Kevin Robertson, Darren New, Ross McClean and Laura McCrickett (all Kaefer)

[A]t a gala dinner last night, Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster (BECBC) announced the winners of its Business Awards 2017. The atrium at Energus was packed with VIP guests and representatives of Cumbrian businesses, from major players such as the sponsors, Carr’s Engineering, Sellafield Ltd and Areva, to less familiar names and guests from across the UK and beyond.

“We decided to make the Business Awards an annual event in response to the entry levels and demand for tickets in recent years,” said BECBC Chairman, Ivan Baldwin. “No other awards so clearly celebrate the collaborations among local businesses and this year’s dinner had a real feel of friends together celebrating each other’s successes. There were some firsts with a Special Recognition Award from the Business Cluster Board and a Businessperson of the Year Award, the only category that had a member vote to decide the winner. And it was a celebration of the diversity of our membership too, from the Cumbrian operations of global companies to the smallest Micro business born and thriving here.”

The BECBC Business Awards 2017 were hosted by Kim Inglis and representatives of the sponsoring companies announced and presented the awards during a glittering evening.

The winners were as follows:


Socio Economic Commitment to West Cumbria

Sponsored by Balfour Beatty



Inspiring People

Sponsored by NIS Limited



Growing Business

Sponsored by Nuvia Limited


Prima Uno Limited

BECBC Board Special Recognition Award

Sponsored by University of Cumbria


Socio Economic Sector Group of BECBC for the World of Work programme

Businessperson of the Year

Sponsored by BECBC


Sarah Purdham of Prima Uno Limited

Micro Business of the Year

Sponsored by Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure Ltd


Adamedia Ltd

SME Business of the Year

Sponsored by Wood


Grisdales Estate Agents

Large Business of the Year

Sponsored by Carr’s Engineering

Highly Commended:

TSP Engineering



In his speech at the opening of the evening, Tim Davies, CEO of Carr’s Engineering said: “Carr’s has been in Cumbria for over 150 years and it’s great to support an event like this here in Cumbria. The Business Cluster is an ideal forum to create the trust and to generate the relationships that then lead to business success.”

Winners of the Large Business of the Year category, sponsored by Carr’s Engineering, were Kaefer with TSP Engineering Highly Commended. Left to right: Darren New and Ian Tattersall of Kaefer, Simon Williams of Bendalls Engineering (part of Carr’s Group plc) and John Coughlan of TSP Engineering.

Jamie Reed, Head of Development & Community Relations for Sellafield Ltd also spoke ahead of the first award presentations: “There’s a lot of change coming to this area and to Sellafield in the next few years. But historically, change is what Cumbria has always done and it’s what we’re good at. I heard Barack Obama talk about change and he said that we are the people we’ve been waiting for to make change happen and that’s absolutely right. Many of the people at this event are the ones who will make it happen in Cumbria.”

Presenting the Special Recognition Award to Phil Bennett of Wood and leader of the Socio Economic Sector Group, Ivan Baldwin commented on the success of the World of Work initiative so far and the exciting plans to develop this in the coming months. “The World of Work programme highlights the wide range of career possibilities with Cumbrian businesses and organisations and encourages young people to be inspired and consider those opportunities for themselves. Members of the Sector Group have worked together and with schools and the team at Inspira to create an approach that is simple but effective and that it working well for schools, for businesses and, ultimately, for students too. We’re looking forward to the next phase.”

Sarah Purdham and Prima Uno Limited won the Growing Business category and Sarah was also voted as the Businessperson of the Year.

Receiving the first BECBC Businessperson of the Year Award shortly after her company also won the Growing Business category, Sarah Purdham of Prima Uno Limited said: “We won’t be taking the foot off the gas. I’ve been blown away by the growth of Prima Uno in its first five years and it’s a real testament to our clients and to all the staff – we’ve recently opened offices in two other locations, grown to nearly 40 people and taken on our first international client in the US. Personally, I’m honoured and humbled and want to thank everyone who voted and a huge thank you to everyone involved in the business.”

Hospice at Home West Cumbria benefited from the generosity of guests on the night with donations from tables going towards this local charity in its 30th year. Linda Hewitt spoke briefly to guests and quoted one of the organisation’s carers: “If hospice had not been there, I wouldn’t have wanted to go home at night but I knew that I could trust them 100% to look after Mam.” At the end of the evening, any unopened bottles of wine from the tables were also collected together and donated as future prizes to Hospice at Home.

As Ivan Baldwin concluded: “The Business Awards 2017 were a celebration of the diversity of the Business Cluster – it’s not all nuclear. We celebrated with friends from global businesses engaging in Cumbria and we celebrated with businesses that were born here and are thriving. There are brains, beauty and heart in this area and Cumbrian businesses certainly have heart.”

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