Burgess Hill based, Eco-Friendly Cleaning Chemicals Manufacturer, Bio-Productions rose to the occasion picking up two awards at the prestigious BHBiz Awards 2019.
Ten members of the Bio-Productions team attended the awards ceremony at the Brighton Amex Community Stadium last Friday 10 May. This glittering event was hosted by popular broadcaster and journalist Jennie Bond, who appears regularly on a wide range of television and radio programmes, ranging from light entertainment to informative documentaries.
This innovative company, with faultless business acumen and community-based ethics, took ‘Best Business’ for the company as a whole. Bio-Productions formulates, tests and makes a range of award-winning, environmentally-friendly, industrial cleaning products which are exported around the world. In December 2014 a management buyout by three employees led to both UK and international success. Its environmental ethos underpins everything, from product conception and testing to staff welfare, emotional and physical. Its values revolve around quality, integrity, authenticity, genuine customer service and approachability.
Operations Manager, Chris Freeman, walked away with outstanding recognition in the form of the ‘Star Apprentice’ award. Chris, who has been with the Company approaching two years, spent 15 years in the military police, before being invalided out in 1994, he then trained in IT before joining Bio-Productions.
The company, led by MD and local business advocate Angela Gill, was shortlisted in the final three for ten out of eleven categories and also sponsored the BHBPA ‘Special Person’ award:
Winning Workplace |Eco Warrior |Community Champion |Charity Champion |Rising Star |Risen Star |New Star |Star Apprentice |Team of Stars |Best Business
This year saw the second BHBiz Awards, which took place at Brighton Amex Community Stadium last Friday 10 May. This biennial event, debuted in 2017 with much fanfare. The BHBiz Awards is an award ceremony with a difference; it isn’t just about profits and order books – but the people behind them. Across 11 categories (4 new ones for 2019), judges recognises the achievements of employees at all levels for their contribution to the workplace and their community.
Managing Director, Angela Gill, is a member of the Burgess Hill Business Parks Steering Group and has spoken at a variety of business events on the important role of women in business, including at Burgess Hill Means Business last year when she shared a platform with Rosemary French of the Gatwick Diamond Initiative. As an advocate of women in industry, Bio-Productions makes a direct contribution to the Gatwick Diamond economy via a £4 million turnover in Mid Sussex and by employing 37 local staff – who the management team regards as an extended family. She said, “We are all so thrilled to be recognised with these awards. The credit must go to our entire team here and we are so proud of Chris Freeman for winning his individual award. And, so honoured to be finalists amongst such great strong and thriving companies, which makes winning Best Business all the more special! Together we have made the last five years the best in the company’s history. We believe in putting the customers first – but alongside that enjoy having fun, contributing to the community and being ambassadors for Sussex business.”