The hospitality industry turned out in force at the Springboard Awards for Excellence last week, to see who would be crowned winners at this year’s glittering ceremony. Caterer.com sponsor the Best Recruitment Initiative Award, which highlights and rewards the employers who go that extra mile to be the best in the business.
The award, presented by Caterer.com Sales Director Neil Pattison, went to River Cottage Chef’s School, who also took home the New Media Award.
Chris Griffiths, Head of Education at River Cottage Chefs’ School said: “This is a real privilege for us. We’ve only been formed for a year, but delighted to be already making a difference to the youth and unemployed of the South West. We’re all huge advocates of Springboard, so this award is a real honour for the team”.
Anne Pierce, Springboard CEO said of the awards: “After a record number of entries, the judges were set a tough task, not only to go through the sheer volume of entries, but the standard of the entries were of the highest quality. What a fantastic night of celebration to reward people, organisations and projects that work to raise the profile of the hospitality sector and to attract and retain talent to this great industry.’’
The Springboard Ambassador Award – sponsored by SSP UK
Winner: Joel Fagg (The Puma Hotels’ Collection)
The Best Regional Initiative Award
Winner: Inspired Change Limited
The New Media Award – sponsored by drp Group
Winner: River Cottage Chefs’ School,
The Education Pipeline Award
Winner: Apex Hotels Ltd
Best Student Placement Provider – sponsored by James Hallam
Winner: The Red Carnation Hotel Collection
Best Recruitment Initiative – sponsored by Caterer.com
Winner: River Cottage Chefs’ School
The Young People Award – sponsored by American Express
Winner: The Geoffrey Harrison Foundation
The People Innovation Award – sponsored by LaunchPad Recruits
Winner: Crieff Hydro Limited
Best Chef Strategy – sponsored by HandPicked Hotels
Winner: Hilton Worldwide
Best Management Strategy – sponsored by LifeTime
Winner: Crieff Hydro Limited
Best Food & Beverage Strategy
Winner: Park Plaza County Hall
The Diversity In Employment Award – sponsored by Dunleavy White
Winner: Talkington Bates
Best Career Progression Award – sponsored by LCBT
Winner: Arora Hotel Heathrow
The Retention Award – sponsored by Axminster
Winner: London Marriott Hotel Marble Arch
The Corporate Responsibility Award – sponsored by BonaSystems
Winner: The Brookwood Partnership Limited
Best Employer Award – Charnwood Training
Winner: Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons,
The very special Chris Beaumont Special Award – sponsored by 3663
James Thomson OBE
Stephen Clayton, GM, Arora Hotel Heathrow: “Amazed to be shortlisted, astonished to be a winner”.
James Thomson: “ I feel very humble to be recognised by my peers. This is such a room full of talent and to be part of something that celebrates such a great industry is fantastic”.
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