SURREY â€” The Surrey Board of Trade recognized six of Surreyâ€™s best businesses in a variety of different categories last Thursday (Nov. 7).
The 16th annual Surrey Business Excellence Awards were attended by more than 350 people at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel in an "Academy Awards" format of presentation.
â€œThe Surrey Board of Trade focused on the strength and innovation within every entrepreneur to take an idea and use it as the foundation for building a business," said Anita Huberman, CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade. "They are inspirational â€“ from the very small business to the large business to the not for profit service organization.â€
The judging teamâ€™s evaluation assessed the following competencies: organizational profile, leadership, strategy development and planning, customer focus and market knowledge, employee learning and people focus, process management, supplier/partner focus, community involvement, and overall business performance.
1-10 employees Winner: Pacific Land Group
Sponsored by Copytek Print Centres
11 – 40 employees Winner: Eagle Cinematronics Inc. (Cinematronix)
Sponsored by BM Group of Companies
41+ employees Winner: FinancialCAD Corporation (FINCAD)
Sponsored by Fruiticana
New Business of the Year Winner: Surrey Kids Physio Group
Sponsored by Century Group
Not-for-Profit Winner: Surrey Christmas Bureau
Sponsored by Abbotsford International Airport
Business Person of the Year Winner: Vikram Vij
Sponsored by Hamilton Duncan Armstrong & Stewart
The event also saw the inaugural Corporate Social Responsibility Recognition Award presented to Leed Advisors Inc. This award was created to recognize a business working to improve the lives of their employees and to enhance the civic environment in which they operate, through participation in community programs, partnerships with community organizations, volunteering, educational and/or environmental initiatives, and/or for creating a positive environment for employees.