This year’s annual BCA Gala Dinner proved to be the most successful to date, with more than 380 BCA members and their guests celebrating the achievements in the flexible space sector


Held at the Park Lane Hotel last Friday (27th November), the prestigious evening emphasised the continued growth and the countless success in the sector.

The three highly coveted BCA Awards were presented to the providers who have enhanced their business operation throughout the year by adding value to their services for the benefit of occupiers.

Leading telephony and internet provider, Centrix was named the BCA Trade Supplier of the Year, fighting off tough competition from specialised IT and communications supplier, Essensys and Phoenix Broadband.

Speaking at the event, sales and marketing director at Centrix, Richard Burbage, said: “Centrix has always supported the BCA and the work it does for its members, which makes it highly rewarding to be named the BCA Trade Supplier of the Year.

“Having the BCA and its members ‘seal of approval’ highlights the quality of service we provide to the flexible space market.”

The finalists for the BCA Workspace of the Year was dominated by Basepoint, with its centres in Southampton, Folkestone and Newhaven all nominated for the top award.

Centre Manager, Caroline Kendall accepted the award on behalf of the staff at Basepoint Southampton and said: “At Basepoint Southampton, we pride ourselves in offering local businesses highly affordable workspace in a prime location. It is an honour to have our achievements recognised by winning the BCA Workspace of the Year.

The final award for the evening was for the prestigious BCA Business Centre of the Year. Business Environment WestPoint Bristol, Business Environment Watling Street and Lenta Brune Street were all nominated in this category.

Business Environment WestPoint secured the much coveted award. Laura Raschka, centre manager at WestPoint, commented, “It is a privilege to be named the BCA Business Centre of the Year, and it is our additional complimentary services that makes us stand out from our competitors and is part of our commitment to support SME’s during this difficult economic period.”

BCA Executive director, Jennifer Brooke, said: “The record attendance at this year’s BCA Gala Dinner highlights the continued resilience of our sector despite a very challenging trading environment.

“Hundreds of entries were received for each category and the successful companies illustrate the best in industry-practice, with the winners setting a benchmark for standards in the flexible space sector.

“The BCA continues to work tirelessly to support its members on issues that remain key to the stability of both the sector and the wider economy. This includes lobbying the government to retain the current empty property rates threshold of £15,000 RV.”

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