Leeds-based businessman Keith Griffiths, the chief executive of Built Environment Networking (BEN), is a finalist in the LDC Entrepreneur of the Year category in the Lloyds Bank Business Excellence Awards 2021.
The Lloyds Bank British Business Excellence Awards (BBEA) celebrates and showcases the resilience, innovation and creativity of British businesses.
Based at Thorpe Park, Leeds, BEN was founded in 2011 by property entrepreneurs Keith and Amanda Griffiths. Since then it has grown from a two person operation to a thriving SME employing over thirty staff that recorded its biggest ever profit in 2020.
BEN’s record profit was achieved despite the challenges of COVID, with the organisation having to entirely change its business model across three weeks of March 2020 – going from a physical events provider to the UK leader in online real estate and infrastructure conferencing and events.
Keith Griffiths, CEO of Built Environment Networking, said: “I am thrilled to be a finalist in these very prestigious National business awards. Being a finalist is testament to the innovation, hard work and dedication shown by our team during the last year, where remarkably for an events company, despite the challenges of COVID we recorded our biggest ever profit.
“This is a fantastic accolade which I am proud to share with every member of the Built Environment Networking team – this success is only possible because of their determination and hard work.”
Event director of The Lloyds Bank British Business Excellence Awards (BBEA), Sarah Austin, said: “Our awards are a national platform to showcase, celebrate and honour the very best of British business.
“Becoming a finalist is a very impressive accolade; all our finalists stood out as truly creative and innovative during a turbulent year for British businesses; they have proven their companies to be resilient, entrepreneurial and really are best of class.”
All finalists will present to the judging panel in September, then the winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in November.