The news of Michael Buerk was finally announced at an INSPIRE16 sponsors event which was held at the Hampshire Court Hotel in Chineham, Basingstoke.
Challengers are a charity who provide play and leisure schemes for disabled children and young people in Surrey, Hampshire & Berkshire. Currently with 23 schemes in various locations, Challengers support over 1,300 families with their schemes that run Saturdays, Half-terms and school holidays. They are just getting ready for a fun-packed Summer Holidays where children and young people will be taking part in activities such as music workshops, mobile farms, trips to the seaside and companion cycling.
Michael Buerk will compère the glittering awards evening in addition to Destination Basingstoke’s managing director Felicity Edwards. The awards commence at the Hampshire Court Hotel, on November 10.
INSPIRE celebrates the very best of business from across north Hampshire, from Andover to Aldershot. It is expected that around 600 people will attend the awards night.
Another one of the speakers was Paul Friend, of Face TV. He is behind a new community TV channel called That’s Hampshire. He said the winners of the 12 awards will appear in three half-hour programmes once the station goes live later this year, on Freeview Channel 7.
Natalie who is a director of the digital marketing agency, which won New Business of the Year at INSPIRE14, said:
“If you are on twitter, use the hashtag #INSPIRE16 when promoting the event and encouraging entries and we will see it, share it and get you out there in front of as many people as possible. Last year our Inspire tweets got in front of 194,000 people – if you tag us in your Inspire posts we promise we will retweet you.”
Phil Wilding, chairman of the Inspire steering committee, thanked the sponsors for their support and said:
“Without you, the Inspire Business Awards would not take place.”
Among the sponsors at the event was Alex Nagle, Sentinel Housing Association’s Assistant Director of Neighbourhoods and Customer Relations.
Alex is well aware of the benefits of winning an Inspire award as the housing association, which employs 200 people, has won the Employer of the Year category twice at INSPIRE12 and INSPIRE14.
“Winning Employer of the year twice provided tremendous recognition for us. We’re really enthusiastic about offering our staff great training and we love to share their stories of progression.”
In addition to last year, Sentinel is sponsoring the Business and the Community Award.
“We’re really passionate about engaging with our local communities so it’s a great fit for us to sponsor this award,” explained Alex. “Last year’s entrants were truly inspirational, with so many companies really making a difference to our communities. We can’t wait to see the entries for this year’s awards.”
“Attracting high-quality candidates is one of the biggest business challenges companies in the area face…Winning Employer of the Year will help raise your profile as a great employer, attracting those hard to come by candidates.”
“A lot of businesses have said that winning an Inspire award makes a difference to them. It does the business a lot of good in terms of recognition and brand awareness.”