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The BICSc Awards Dinner 2015 delivered entertainment and excitement once again, as winners were announced at the annual awards ceremony at the Forest of Arden Hotel and Country Club, Birmingham.
The event had well over 200 guests who enjoyed a memorable evening which saw some of the cleaning industry’s hardest working individuals get the recognition they deserved.
There were 11 awards presented on the evening, with the judging panel proclaimed that all the finalists had maintained high standards of training and assessment throughout the year, which made the ultimate decision of who won very difficult.
The Forest of Arden Hotel and Country Club is idyllically located in the heart of the rural Warwickshire countryside and is a perfect venue for a prestigious black tie event such as this.
The evening began with a drinks reception in the hotel’s Oaks bar, before guests moved into the purpose built conference marquee, which adjoins the main building.
With everyone settled at their tables, BICSc Group CEO, Stan Atkins, took to the stage and gave a welcome speech to all attendees, reminding everyone about the important work the Institute does. Stan also paid special tribute to Mr Colin Hasson, who sadly passed away this year, in honour of Colin Hasson the BICSc international has been, renamed ‘The Colin Hasson International Award’.
Peter Gowers was Master of Ceremonies, he kept control of proceedings throughout the evening with some well observed one liners that delighted guests and made sure attention never strayed too far from the stage.
The Institute announced the results of the recent Council elections early that day and new National Chairman, Denise Hanson gave a speech on her new role and what BICSc means to her. She said she was extremely honoured to be voted into the post and promised to do her best to promote education and training for cleaning operatives across the country.
After the opening speeches it was straight on to the awards ceremony, tension in the room increased as each of the 11 envelopes were opened and the winners' names were read out. Huge cheers followed the announcement of each winner, and it was clear to everyone present how much winning an award meant. (All winners can be found here).
With the main ceremony over, guests could get settle down to the fabulous three course banquet dinner, with Peter sending out regular reminders from the stage of the impending charity raffle and auction.
The Chairman’s Charity this year was in aid of the St Margaret of Scotland Hospice, there were some fabulous prizes offered by sponsors, including a night on the luxurious Sunborn Yacht supplied by ISS and an the innovative Cold light Micro Burst 3000 supplied by Rubbermaid. The raffle and auction eventually raised over £2,000.
Once the main business of the evening was over, people could finally let their hair down and network with colleagues, or even throw some shapes on the dance floor. This year’s live band Stirling Austin took to the stage with a brass section and performed a selection of classic songs which had the dance floor full till the evening came to a close.
Organisers say it was one the most successful Annual Awards yet and wish to thank the guests who had travelled from all across the UK for attending.
BICSc would also like to send a big thank you to sponsors, Diversey Care, Rubbermaid, Vileda, Darwin Clayton, PWC & ISS, 10100, BBS & ISSA, One to One and TLS Print, as well as all the finalists and winners this year.
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