BIC scoops national communicator of the year award

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Award winners

The North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) scooped the National Communicator of the Year Award at the National Enterprise Network (NEN) awards in London.

Judges commented that it was clear to the judges that the team at North East BIC are using a wide range of channels to ensure that its communications deliver high impact within the local area. Fully active on social media and with a packed calendar of events, they have a lot to share and should be proud of the impact they are making within their community. The judges also got a strong sense that they are incredibly supportive of the businesses that reside in its premises.

Winners of the nine categories were announced by National Enterprise Network Chairman Chris Pichon and facilitator Declan Curry at the event held at the RBS, London.

Awards were presented to Network members to recognise excellence in the delivery of enterprise support and encourage the exchange of good practice in categories for: Enterprise Communicator of the Year, Client Engagement Award, Future of Enterprise Support, Enterprise Coach/Mentor of the Year, Enterprise Team of the Year, Unsung Hero of the Year and Enterprise Support Organisation of the Year.

The organisation received high quality entries from their network of members across each award category – testament to the excellence and achievements across the Network. Amanda Hurford, Assistant Director, Enterprise Directorate at the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills joined Chris Pichon in judging each entry and choosing the eventual winners.

The 2015 winners were announced as:

Enterprise Communicator of the Year:
North East BIC – based in Sunderland
(Highly commended: North Somerset Enterprise Agency)

Client Engagement Award 2015:
Centa – in London
(Highly commended: WSX Enterprise – operating in Hampshire and Dorset)

Future of Enterprise Support Award (under £750k turnover):
Yorkshire Coast Enterprise Ltd – in Scarborough
(Highly commended: South Durham Enterprise Agency)

Future of Enterprise Support Award (over £750k turnover):
Enterprise First – based in Aldershot

Enterprise Coach/Mentor of the Year Award
Martyn Benson, RiDO – based in Rotherham

Enterprise Team of the Year Award
Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce – based in Stoke on Trent
(Highly commended: Business Sheffield)

Unsung Hero of the Year Award
Martin Cooper – Birmingham Chamber of Commerce

Enterprise Support Organisation of the Year Award (turnover under £750k):
Menta – based in Suffolk
(Highly commended: Colbea – based in Colchester )

Enterprise Support Organisation of the Year Award (turnover over £750k):
Britain’s Energy Coast – in Cumbria
(Highly commended: Nwes – based in Norwich)

Each award winner was presented with an engraved trophy and a bottle of champagne, with highly commended organisations given framed certificates to recognise their contribution.

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