The top 10 exceptional front of house receptionists working in the corporate sector are announced
The shortlist of 10 candidates was voted on and agreed by a panel of judges from many leading organisations, including the Dorchester Collection, JLL, CBRE, Allianz Park, Office Concierge, ISS, Portico and Rapport, as well as senior representatives from the competition's sponsors, Condeco, Admiral Recruitment, Greenfisher, Moneypenny and Charlotte Stiffell.
Craig Thatcher, managing director at Greenfisher, said: "It was an incredibly tough job to shortlist down to the top 10 as the standard was so high. I am full of admiration for all the amazing corporate receptionists that go forward to the assessment day on the 29th April."
The finalists for 2019
Client site Burges Salmon
"I feel recognised as an integral part of the organisation and therefore this amazing chance to potentially represent my company's and my personal brand would mean the world to me."
Client site Deloitte
"Just filling in the application form reminds me of how important my job is, not only for me, but for our guests and my company, which gives me even more motivation for the future."
Client site Société Generale
"It is a great opportunity to challenge myself, to share my talent and the experience I have gained throughout my career with others."
Client site PwC
"I could not imagine a better experience to develop and push me into becoming the receptionist I want to be."
Client site Bank of America Merrill Lynch
"It's such a huge recognition. It has never been done before for our line of business. I want people to know what an amazing job we do, how every day is so different and how you grow with each experience and interaction."
Client site Addleshaw Goddard
"My talented colleagues inspire me and fuel my passion every day. Nothing would be possible without a dynamic, hard-working and innovative team."
Client site The Shard
Company Office Concierge
"The kudos of being considered for this award has already been a huge boost to me individually, so I would love to progress and see how far I can go now."
Client site Citi
"Taking part in a competition that recognises talent, excellence and dedication in a corporate reception gives me a fantastic opportunity to push myself and to explore my ability."
Client site 110 Bishopsgate
Company Office Concierge
"It feels great to be part of this competition. It's an honour to have the opportunity to be recognised for my passion and enthusiasm and would love for this to be shared with other like-minded people."
Client site Channel 4
"Taking part in something that is open to all corporate receptionists in the country has inspired me to push myself even further."
The next stage
The final stage will be a challenge in three parts:
1. An interview
2. A role-play scenario
3. A scenario played out over the telephone.
Following this, all 10 candidates will be invited to attend the Corporate Receptionist of the Year awards presentation, hosted at leading investment bank Nomura, on Wednesday 8th May 2019 to coincide with International Receptionists Day.
As well as the trophy and title of Corporate Receptionist of the Year, the winner will receive the following prizes:
•New York Trip
The opportunity to cross-train at up to three leading corporate offices of their choice in New York, including flights, hotel accommodation and meals, or in three leading corporate offices in London, with accommodation and meals as appropriate (subject to approvals).
•Dinner for two
Dinner for two at a leading Michelin-starred restaurant in London.
•Leadership development Two full-day leadership development programmes.
•More prizes to be announced