The Springboard Charity raised £11,400 in aid of its programmes and charitable causes at its Awards for Excellence last week.
Hilton and the London Cocktail Club were the big winners of the evening – Hilton took home Best Recruitment Initiative Award and the Hilton London Bankside received the Community Engagement Award; while the London Cocktail Club won both Best Career Progression and Best Employer Award.
Attended by just shy of 500 people, the night was hosted by comedian Ian Moore, with 19 awards as well as a standing auction and a raffle, which included a stay at the Landmark London and a seven-course meal cooked by a Springboard alumna in the comfort of their winner’s home.
The hospitality industry charity that supports young, unemployed people into work held the awards ceremony at the Novotel London West.
The awards were divided into three categories, each addressing a particular issue the industry faces, aiming to create a solid bedrock for the sector to thrive.
The Springboard Ambassador’s Award
Individual: Sarah Hoyle – the Grand Hotel Eastbourne
Group: Delaware North
Best Regional Initiative: Foxes Academy
Education and Industry Partnership Award: The Georgian House hotel, London
Attracting and Developing People
The Best Work Experience Award: The Grand Hotel Eastbourne
Best Use of Digital Media to Attract Talent: Inploi
Best Recruitment Initiative Award: Hilton
The Young People Award: Inspired Youth
Best Chef Development Strategy: Firmdale Hotels
Best Housekeeping Initiative Award: Bluestone National Park Resort
Best Management Strategy: Merlin Consultancy
Wine Award: The National Theatre
Best Employment Practice
Best Apprenticeship Strategy: QHotels
Retention Award: Mullion Cove hotel, Helston, Cornwall
Community Engagement Award: Hilton London Bankside
Best Career Progression Award: London Cocktail Club
Best Employer Award: London Cocktail Club
Chris Beaumont Award: Mark Heirs – private chef
Fiona Colley Award: Ethan Grier
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