Bacta opens nominations for first ever awards to celebrate industry champions

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Bacta has opened nominations for its first ever awards, celebrating the very best of the sector and unveiling a new set of industry champions from across the UK. The awards celebrate those who have made a great impact in the industry during the past 12 months, with categories including High Street Hero, Seaside Saviour, Supply Chain Champion, Green Giants and Rising Star.

The judges of the awards include bacta CEO John White and bacta President, Greg Wood, amongst others. The criteria the entrants will be judged on includes, creativity, upholding bacta’s values, commitment to customer wellbeing and being a team player (full details below). The winners will be unveiled at bacta’s parliamentary reception on Wednesday 24 November. Potential entrants can apply for the awards on bacta’s website and entries will be closed next Monday at close of play.


Award Categories Descriptions

High Street Hero: This award celebrates the outstanding staff members working in AGCs, High Street Bingo or inland FECs that have gone beyond the call of duty either at work or through their community engagement (which we would weigh more highly).

Seaside Saviour: This award celebrates the outstanding staff members working in FECs at the seaside that have gone beyond the call of duty either at work or through their community engagement (which we would weigh more highly).

Supply Chain Champion: This award celebrates the outstanding staff working in the supply chain and who play a vital role in helping to deliver fun and entertainment to communities across the country.

Jimmy Thomas Rising Star Award: This award aims to find the best and brightest young members (under 30) in the industry shining a light on the future leaders of the industry.

Green Giants: This award aims to find the individual or business that has shown an outstanding commitment to reducing their carbon footprint and promoting sustainability in the workplace.


Entries will be judged in line with the following criteria:

  • Creativity: How the nominee has adopted a creative approach to their job (for example, looking at creative new solutions to everyday challenges) in the workplace?
  • Upholding bacta’s values: How has this nominee upheld bacta’s core values (ethical, sustainable, modern, professional, partnering and open and transparent) in the workplace?
  • Commitment to customer wellbeing: How has this nominee gone above and beyond to ensure that customer wellbeing is at the heart of their work (for example helping a customer who may be showing signs of problem gambling)?
  • Team player: How has this nominee supported their colleagues in the place of work (for example offering to cover extra shifts, being a friendly and helpful face in the workplace)?
  • Community spirit: How has this nominee worked to support their wider community through getting involved in activities such as mentoring, volunteering and fundraising for local causes?


John White, CEO of Bacta, said: “We are pleased to announce that entries for our inaugural 2022 awards are now open. Our industry has faced extremely tough times of late and we want to celebrate some of the hitherto unrecognised champions across the UK. For bacta, it’s more important than ever to be a team player, show community spirit and have a commitment to customer wellbeing.”

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