In front of a 1500-strong audience of the great and good of the UK construction industry, BIW Technologies last night (04 April 2006) walked away with the "Entrepreneur of the Year" award 2006 in the Building Awards (see previous post) – the UK construction industry equivalent to the ‘Oscars’ – see news release.
I entered BIW in the 2005 awards, but while we were shortlisted, we didn’t win the final accolade on the night. But 2006 has been so different…. When the award was introduced, we had no idea of the result (though the ‘BIW’ shouts from other parts of the audience were very encouraging), and it was a complete surprise when BIW was announced as the winner (indeed, it took a stunned but delighted BIW CEO Colin Smith a while to negotiate the long walk from our balcony table to the awards rostrum to receive the award from Northern Ireland football star Pat Jennings). Cue champagne among the BIW staff and guests!!
I have the award in front of me this morning (it’s about 2am British Summer Time), and you can bet I will be showing it off at every opportunity!