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Excellence Showcase 2018 Event

Wed, 27/06/2018 - 15:20


On Wednesday the 20th of June the BQF Excellence Showcase celebrated the success of our 2018 UK Excellence Award winners.

Toni Allen the EMEA Marketing Director for BSI, our main sponsor, welcomed us to their Milton Keynes headquarters and introduced us to their approach to and new standards for organisational resilience.

This was followed up by a presentation from Jackie Bainbridge and Grant Gardiner from Northumbrian Water. They described their journey to receiving the accolade of Large Corporate UK Excellence Award winner that was started by their CEO Heidi Mottram 8 years ago.

Kelly Norcliffe & Victoria Farrell, from SafeMove shared their inspiring journey as the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) UK Excellence Awards Winner. Their presentation highlighted the passion that all, this small team, bring to improving their organisational effectiveness and the service they deliver for customers.

We were also pleased to welcome speakers from our 2018 Innovation Award Winners. These included inspiring speakers from Chiltern Railway, National Express Bus, Purple Conversation CIC and Phoenix Futures.

We also heard from our 2018 LSS Award winner Jo Martin of Sky and a had a thought provoking session with Chris Whiteley of 21st Century leadership on how we can measure and improve Creativity and Innovation in any organisation.

Quotes from the event:

Victoria Farrell, Service Delivery Manager, SafeMove:

First event I have ever been to in over 30 years where every speaker was excellent. Such an engaging and insightful event and to think I nearly cancelled out on attending.

Jamie Green, Business Improvement Manager, Chiltern Railways:

So many engaged people all looking to deliver continuous improvement using the most simple tool we all have access to – best practice, well done BQF on an excellent event.

Jo Martin, Sky UK:

The Excellence Showcase provided an opportunity to share and learn. Hearing how organisations have positively impacted the lives of families and individuals, through hard work and dedication was inspirational.

Bryan Bannister, Group Communications Manager, National Express:

As a company, National Express has to carefully consider which of the numerous business events that we are invited to each year we should attend. Just like everyone else our management time is precious and we need to make sure that we maximise that time wherever possible.

Attending the BQF showcase event is one of those events that is now a permanent fixture on our business calendar. The opportunity to meet and talk openly with like-minded people from businesses that are able to share their successes (and concerns) so openly is a day really well-spent. The contacts we make and the sharing of ideas at this intimate event makes it simply invaluable to us as we are constantly looking to innovate and cultivate new ways of working.

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