Business Centre Association (bca) members and guests banished all thoughts of an economic downturn by uniting together in an evening of exuberance to celebrate excellent customer service performance at the Association’s annual Industry Awards Gala Dinner on Friday, 28 November. The glittering event drew more than 400 from all over the UK, Europe and Middle East to the Park Lane Hotel, Piccadilly, where the winners and nominees were hailed by their peers.
The highly prized Business Centre of the Year Award was won by Business Environment at Wembley, with delighted centre manager Sam Samaraweera and MD David Saul on hand to accept the award. Business Environment Wembley occupies a prime location adjacent to the new Stadium and has recently undergone a £10 million refurbishment.
The Managed Workspace of the Year Award went to Flexspace Swindon and the Trade Supplier of the Year Award was won by voice, data and IP provider Centrix.
Jennifer Brooke, bca executive director, commented:
“The bca’s annual Industry Awards are always fiercely contested, with many hundreds of nominations received for each category. All of the winners should be extremely proud to have been successful in the face of exceptionally strong competition, and I reiterate the congratulations of all members.
“The awards dinner itself was hugely successful: a complete sell out, the excellent dinner was followed by cabaret and dancing till the early hours: it was absolutely outstanding. The support of the event by our members shows continuing confidence in the flexible managed space sector, and celebrating the success of the winners provides a tangible fillip to us all.”
Business Environment’s MD, David Saul, expressed his delight on winning the highly prized award:
“We feel tremendously privileged to have achieved this success in what we consider to be the most important award for our sector,” said Saul. “This is testament to the dedication of the whole Business Environment team, both those who are working in the centre and also our back office staff who ensure our systems all work to deliver the standard of service our clients deserve.”
Business Environment has ten centres currently operating, with three more due to open early in 2009. In all, the company’s centres provide more than 1 million sq ft of serviced office space for clients.
Neil Corderey, MD of Flexspace, winner of the Managed Workspace of the Year Award, welcomed the win and paid tribute to the entire Flexspace team whose hard work and dedication had been recognised in the award: “In only our first full year of trading under the Flexspace brand this award truly recognises the enormous team effort involved in delivering excellent service for all our customers in Swindon and elsewhere. Sales manager Mark Farrow has made a big impact since joining us in 2007 and this award acknowledges his contribution.”
Flexspace Swindon comprises some 270 individual offices, studios and workshops in three locations across the town.
Commercial director of Centrix, Ian Calder, commented:
“The bca has consistently championed excellence in our industry and for Centrix to win such a prestigious award, voted for by our customers and received in front of our peers, is a great honour. Winning this award for the third time is testament to the entire Centrix team who have consistently demonstrated our commitment to our customers and their license