The winners of this year's BECBC Business Awards were celebrated at a ceremony in Lillyhall, Cumbria.

John Berry, Relationship Development Manager at Sellafield Ltd, hosted the glitzy awards dinner at Energus and the honours flowed in the presence of robust resilience and innovative excellence.

John Grainger, Head Judge, said: “The winners this year have really shown what can be achieved, even in difficult times.

"Everyone who participated has shown great resilience and many the innovation that is needed to move business forward.

"Businesses and charities have come back after the pandemic, worked with the restrictions of higher costs and the impact of the energy crisis and have delivered excellence, nevertheless. That is something to celebrate!

"The quality of all the entries this year was exceptional and I am especially delighted to celebrate the winners and those highly commended this year!”

The award for Business of the Year, sponsored by Sellafield Ltd, went to React Engineering, while Charity of the Year was claimed by Hospice at Home West Cumbria.

Resolve Engineered Solutions emerged as the victor in the Collaboration category, sponsored by Cavendish Nuclear, with Atkins Realis and National Nuclear Laboratory being Highly Commended.

Bendalls Engineering took home the Empowering The Next Generation award, sponsored by Tetra Tech, Realise HR won the Micro Business category, sponsored by Jacobs, and Bechtel and Cavendish Nuclear’s JV PFCS Project bagged the award for Sustainability-Environmental, sponsored by Morgan Sindall, Infrastructure.

Sharon Brook from North Lakes Hotel, was named the BECBC Ambassador of the year. The award was sponsored by PacTec, 3D360, Kinsella, SEB Management Services.

The award for Sustainability: Social Value, sponsored by Betchel, was secured by Securitas along with Time to Change, while Cavendish Nuclear scooped the Innovation and Creativity award, sponsored by NNL.

PAR Systems took the Growing Business award, sponsored by Altrad Babcock, Thomas Hyland of Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick was named Business Person of the Year, sponsored by Steel Dynamics UK, and the Rising Star honour, sponsored by KBR, was given to Aimee MacFadyen of Tetra Tech, with Georgia Routledge of Indelible Data being Highly Commended.

Centre for Leadership Performance won the Inspiring People award, sponsored by NIS Integrated Engineering.

With a nod to BECBC’s 20th anniversary year, the awards night enjoyed a 20s theme.