News from 2013

The Springboard Awards for Excellence Winners

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The River Cottage Chefs’ School joined the Crieff Hydro Hotel as double winners at this year’s Springboard Awards for Excellence.

The hospitality industry turned out in force at the Novotel London West on Friday evening to see who had been crowned winners at this year’s glittering awards ceremony.

“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,” according to Anne Pierce, Springboard CEO. Adding: “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