Bruynzeel Storage Systems’ Anna Skiba has won a regional award recognising the unsung heroes of local business.

Technical designer Anna triumphed in the ‘Rising Star’ category at the BHBiz Awards, organised by the Burgess Hill Business Parks Association.

Anna was presented with her award by Angela Gill from category sponsors Bio Productions and guest of honour, former Sussex cricketer Tony Cottey, at the gala awards dinner which took place on Friday 5 May at Brighton and Hove Albion’s American Express Community Stadium in Brighton.

Anna was singled out by the judges for her ability to challenge the status quo, using her creative mindset to improve Bruynzeel’s approach to problem solving on larger projects.

“It was such a surprise to win,” said Anna. “But I am so pleased and proud. It feels really special to be recognised for my day-to-day work. It was great to celebrate with everyone at the awards night.”

Anna had been shortlisted in part for her significant contribution to delivering large scale projects in the UK, including University of Roehampton and Lapworth Museum of Geology, since joining the company in 2013. Although initially quiet and reserved, Anna has found her place in the company and is now an essential part of the team.

“What I like about Anna is she is very focussed,” said Anna’s line manager, Ulla Andersen. “I know that when I give her a project to take forward, the work will get done to the highest standard. Over time, as I began to give her more work, she gradually, tactfully, started to suggest how some designs could be improved, or rethought entirely. Her insight and fresh approach to design has been a godsend.”

“Anna is a crucial link in the chain between winning an order from sales and delivering a completed storage system,” said Archie Waterston, Managing Director of Bruynzeel Storage Systems in the UK. “Anna is 100 per cent committed to her work, and as a result receives compliments from colleagues and customers alike. The word I would use to describe her is ‘humble’. However this does not do her justice, as the projects she has worked on have been some of the most complex and ambitious that Bruynzeel has supplied in the UK.”

Anna was one of three individuals shortlisted in the ‘Rising Star’ category, where she was up against Michael Rowney from Lea Graham Associates and Kellie Mason from The Hickstead Hotel. For a full list of winners and to read more about the inaugural BHBiz Awards visit the BHBPA website.