Countdown to nomination deadline for Building Communities in the East Midlands Awards 2015

The deadline for nomination is fast approaching for the first annual Building Communities in the East Midlands Awards (BCEMA).

All entries need to be submitted by 12th December and regional procurement consortium Efficiency East Midlands who are hosting the awards have been delighted with the positive response from organisations across the region.

EEM works with 23 housing providers and hundreds of contractors across the East Midlands on a range of maintenance and asset management programmes. Managing Director Pete Smith decided to set up the Awards to mark the work of the region’s housing organisations and contractors, both in the public and private sector.

He said:

“These awards celebrate the region’s commitment to building communities, creating sustainable homes and working collaboratively to support affordable rent through innovative schemes. Investing in the communities that our members serve has always been important to us at EEM and we want to hear about those programmes that have truly made a difference to communities, individuals or organisations.”

“We are also delighted to announce that our nominated charity for both the awards and for 2015 will be Steps Conductive Education Centre, which is based in Shepshed and provides free of charge specialist nursery services and support to children with motor disorders and their families, enabling them to lead fuller, more active lives.”

Trish Edwards, manager of Steps said:

“We are delighted to have the support of Efficiency East Midlands. Steps is a great charity and the support we receive from organisations like this is very much needed and appreciated by our committed team of staff and trustees as well as the parents and children who use the centre. Our patron Rosemary Conley will be attending the awards ceremony and is looking forward to what is bound to be a great evening. We would all like to thank Efficiency East Midlands from the bottom of our hearts for the support that they have pledged to Steps.”

EEM has also confirmed that Dino and Pete from Capital FM’s breakfast show will be compering the event and presenting awards to the deserving winners. Dino worked as a carpenter for a number of years so the awards are particularly important to him.

He said:

“Having helped to build homes whilst working as a carpenter for David Wilson, I saw first hand how much hard work goes on within the industry. There are some really amazing stories of people and organisations going the extra mile and it will be great to be able to give them some recognition. I can’t wait to see who wins on the night!”

The event will be held on Friday 6th February 2015 at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham. Award categories celebrate the collaborative working that goes into providing high quality service provision and exceptional maintenance and asset management programmes, which in turn helps build communities. The twelve award categories include:

  • Apprentice of the Year
  • Tenant of the Year
  • Project of the Year
  • Renewables and Sustainability
  • Corporate Responsibility
  • Training
  • Contractor of the Year
  • Health & Safety
  • Collaborative Working
  • Equality & Diversity
  • Innovation
  • Achiever of the Year.

The awards are being organised by event specialists, Little Spark. The deadline for entries is 12th December 2014.