Last Saturday night, local heroes from Stevenage town mixed with the Mayor, MPs and leaders of business at a local hotel for the annual Pride of Stevenage Awards.
The awards are in their 8th year and are hosted by Stevenage Borough Council who describe the evening as: “A celebration of local heroes, the individuals who give their time, passion and skills to help make Stevenage a great place to work, live and play. They [the Pride of Stevenage Awards] celebrate community spirit and are a big thank you to those who make a real difference in our town.”
The night started with an address by mayor Councillor John Lloyd who emphasised the importance of community in the 70th year birthday of Stevenage. Presenting the awards and overseeing the occasion was Sharon Taylor OBE, leader of Stevenage Borough Council.
Guest of honour at the awards was local lad Oliver James, cox in the gold-winning rowing mixed coxed four at the 2016 Rio Paralympic games.
The btc were awarded the Enterprise Award for making a real contribution to commercial life in Stevenage whilst being highly valued by the local community.
Richard Noble, one of the judges, commented:
"The flexible approach and support provided for start up and developing companies of varying sizes and sectors offered by the Business and Technology Centre featured highly by the judges in their selection for the Enterprise Award."
Alex Shoobert, the on-site business advisor at the btc, said:
“It’s great to receive recognition for the brilliant work done at the btc. If anyone in Stevenage is interested in starting a business, then they can come to the btc and receive free business advice, training and support. It’s this level of inclusive support that sets the btc apart and makes it the centre of enterprise in Stevenage.
Thank you to all the judges for this wonderful award and to the award sponsor, Robert Noble Associates Ltd for their recognition.”
Prior to the award presentation, this video was presented to the audience:
We are very proud to have been presented this fantastic award and congratulate all the staff at the btc for their hard work.