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Springboard’s Awards for Excellence celebrates outstanding achievers

28 Nov 2016
Over 550 people attended Springboard’s Awards for Excellence on Thursday to celebrate inspiring people, organisations and initiatives in the hospitality industry.

Anne Pierce, Springboard’s CEO, said: “Once again we enjoyed a wonderful evening in celebration of everything that our industry has to offer. The winners this year have shown themselves to be true champions of our industry, raising hospitality’s profile and attracting talented individuals into vibrant careers.”

Winners included Peach Pub Company who took home the Best Employer Award for their vision, values and benefits. Greene King won The Best Apprenticeship Strategy. The Best Career Progression Award went to St. Austell Brewery. Byron Burgers won The Retention Award.

Food Cardiff won The Community Engagement Award and Lexington Catering took home the Best Management Development Strategy. Harrison Catering Services Ltd won the Best Work Experience Provider Award.

Two Springboard beneficiaries shared the Fiona Colley Award, open to anyone who has overcome barriers to employment and completed a Scottish IntoWork programme. Both Kai Palmer and Connor Pomroy completed Springboard’s Let’s Cook programme, and each will now receive a career development scholarship to support their next steps of their career and personal development.

The full list of winners is below:

Category 1 – Promoting Careers

The Springboard Ambassador’s Award sponsored by Bestway

Gareth Billington (Sodexo)

Gather & Gather

Best Regional Initiative Award sponsored by Conviviality Plc
The Glasgow Marriott

The Education and Industry Partnership Award sponsored by Serviceline

Category 2 – Attracting and Developing People

Best Work Experience Provider Award sponsored by James Hallam
Harrison Catering Services Ltd

Best Use of Digital Media Award to Attract Talent sponsored by drp

Best Recruitment Initiative Award sponsored by

The Young People Award sponsored by American Express
Inspired Youth

Best Chef Development Strategy sponsored by Gram
Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa

The Best Housekeeping Team Initiative Award sponsored by Bonasystems
Tzveta Ivanova – The Milestone Hotel

Best Management Development Strategy
Lexington Catering

Best Food and Beverage Strategy sponsored by Handpicked Hotels
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge

Category 3 – Best Employment Practice

The Best Apprenticeship Strategy sponsored by Lifetime Training
Greene King

Best Career Progression Award sponsored by COREcruitment
St. Austell Brewery

The Retention Award sponsored by CH & Co Group
Byron Hamburgers

The Community Engagement Award sponsored by Diageo
Food Cardiff

Best Employer Award sponsored by Learning Curve Group
The Peach Pub Company Ltd

Chris Beaumont Special Award sponsored by Bidvest Foodservice:
David Noble

Fiona Colley Award:
Kai Palmer and Connor Pomroy