QHotels were the big winners at the 14th annual Springboard Awards for Excellence last night, taking home three awards.
The hotel firm won the Education and Industry Partnership Award, Best Recruitment Initiative Award, and Best Use of Digital Media to Attract Talent at a ceremony in the Novotel London West attended by over 550 people.
L to R: Mark Foster, Tim Adams (Bidvest), David Noble (James Hallam Insurance), Anne Pierce (Springboard)
David Noble, director of James Hallam Insurance, won Springboard's Chris Beaumont Special Award for his contributions towards Springboard's aims. Noble has developed a longstanding relationship with Springboard and over eight years as both a patron and a board member, he has taken part in Springboard's Trek and Community Challenge in China, as well as Springboard's Team Velo Challenge.
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 chief executive, said: "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."
The QHotels team
The Springboard Ambassador's Award
Individual: Gareth Billington (Sodexo)
Group: Gather & Gather
Best Regional Initiative Award: The Glasgow Marriott
The Education and Industry Partnership Award: QHotels
Category 2 - Attracting and Developing People
Best Work Experience Provider Award: Harrison Catering Services
Best Use of Digital Media Award to Attract Talent: QHotels
Best Recruitment Initiative Award: QHotels
The Young People Award: Inspired Youth
Best Chef Development Strategy: Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa
The Best Housekeeping Team Initiative Award: Tzveta Ivanova - the Milestone Hotel
Best Management Development Strategy: Lexington Catering
Best Food and Beverage Strategy: Park Plaza Westminster Bridge
Category 3 - Best Employment Practice
The Best Apprenticeship Strategy: Greene King
Best Career Progression Award: St. Austell Brewery
The Retention Award: Byron Hamburgers
The Community Engagement Award: Food Cardiff
Best Employer Award: The Peach Pub Company
Chris Beaumont Special Award: David Noble
Fiona Colley Award: Kai Palmer and Connor Pomroy