Springboard’s annual Awards for Excellence

Springboard’s Awards for Excellence: Celebrating the industry's people, organisations & initiatives

Springboard Awards for Excellence

Springboard Awards for Excellence

Springboard are celebrating another successful annual Awards for Excellence held on November 24th 2016.

Now in their 14th year, it's an occasion to celebrate the faces and forces, and recognise talent from across hospitality, leisure and tourism.

Over 550 attended, with QHotels taking home three awards for their efforts over the past year: The Education and Industry Partnership Award, Best Recruitment Initiative Award, and Best Use of Digital Media to Attract Talent.

David Noble of James Hallam won Springboard’s coveted Chris Beaumont Special Award for his contributions towards Springboard’s aims. David Noble, director of James Hallam Insurance, has developed a long standing relationship with Springboard.

Over eight years, as both a patron and a board member, he has actively engaged and supported Springboard. He first trekked on Springboard’s Trek and Community Challenge in China, and since then he has embarked on two more!

Earlier this year, David donned the lycra and joined Springboard’s Team Velo Challenge. In the process, he has raised vast sums of funding for the vital work of Springboard, and his actions have supported Springboard time and again.

Recruitment Initiative

Recruitment Initiative

Best Employer Award went to The Peach Pub Company, who beat the highly commended Stonegate Pub Company. Their vision, values and benefits made them standout as an excellent employer.

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.

Anne Pierce, Springboard’s CEO, commented:

“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.”



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 Caterer.com


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


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