As we previewed on our blog recently, we were very proud to be once again staging the Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards on Thursday 9th March, both ours and the awards’ fourth year.
The awards are the highlight of the business year in MK, with virtually every key influencer in the city in one room to find out this year’s winners.
For us, it was a chance to do what we do best and put on a really impressive show for all the guests. The feedback we’ve already received has been great with some very positive comments about the quality of the sound, projection , lighting and staging.
In previous years, the sheer size of the room and audience has made it difficult for the presenters on stage to engage with tables at the back. This year, we designed the stage layout from the start to bring the awards into the middle of the audience with a long catwalk-style stage running across the middle of the room. The compere, local Olympic medalist Gail Emms, did a great job of engaging with the audience and expertly using the stage to interact with every corner of the room.
We also set up four huge screens around the room so everyone could see what was going on – often a problem at dinner events where inevitably some guests will be seated with their backs to the stage. Our cameras tracked the presenters as they moved around on the enormous stage, capturing them from every angle, with spotlights following winners as they made their way to collect their awards. And of course, our videos of each of the finalists really added to the sense of occasion – they made all of the nominees feel special, as well as helping the audience understand why the nominees had been chosen.
At an event of this kind, there are always unexpected moments – we had to be ready when someone who was presenting an award decided to make an unexpected announcement and on hand to run over with a radio mic when an invited guest stood up at their table and made an impromptu speech.
Our team did a fantastic job, and I’m proud to say that this was another extremely successful event for Evolution. We would also like to take the opportunity to congratulate all of the award winners, especially the MK Business of the Year, Marshall Amplification who have been producing their world-renowned amplifiers since 1967 in Bletchley, the only amps with a volume control that goes up to 11.
Evolution was proud sponsor of the Cultural Impact Award, a new category for MK50, which was won by the wonderful Milton Keynes City Orchestra.
It was also a great night for Lifetime Achievement Award winner Francesca Skelton, the former High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire who won the award for her significant contribution to the local business community.
The other category winners on the night were:
- Community Impact – Willen Hospice
- Retail Business – Ipsos Retail Performance
- Professional Practice – Howes Percival
- Hospitality – Gulliver’s Resort
- Small Business of the Year – Sweat Yoga and Pilates
- Design and Creativity – Marshall Amplification
- Leisure and Entertainment – MK Museum
- Energy and Environment – SMC Pneumatics
- Innovation and Technology – Evidence Talks
- Young Business Person of the Year – Ben Turner (Simply Race)