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River Cottage Chef’s School win the Best Recruitment Initiative Award, sponsored by

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. 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 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 Winners:

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

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”.

For more on the awards click here.