News from 2017

Springboard Awards for Excellence 2017 celebrates industry's best

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The Springboard Charity had fantastic success, raising a phenomenal £11,400 on the night, in aid of our programmes and charitable causes.

The night was hosted by renowned comedian Ian Moore, who led us through 19 awards across three categories. The evening rewarded the fantastic initiatives, unbreakable resolve and unbeatable talent of those nominated for the awards. With just under 500 people in attendance, the delicious three course meal was enjoyed by all – with halloumi and vegetable tabbouleh for the starter, Madeira chicken with roasted vegetable for the main and a raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake for dessert – all followed by coffee and petit fours. The wine – sponsored by Conviviality - flowed the entire evening, and was enjoyed by many.

The awards were divided into three categories – Promoting Careers, Attracting and Developing People, and Best Employment Practice. Each category addresses a particular issue the industry faces, aiming to create a solid bedrock for the sector to thrive.

There was 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. There was also a boat day on Loch Lomond for 10, with refreshments.

All of this was thanks to the incredible sponsors of the evening. Novotel London West, for hosting the event at their wonderful hotel. The delicious food and drink – Conviviality, Cawston Press, Wenlock Spring, Bidfood, Braehead Foods, Brakes and Town & Country Fine Foods. ECB Services also provided their wonderful team for this evening, and Critiquie for their excellent feedback services.



Category 1 – Promoting Careers

The Springboard Ambassador’s Award (sponsored by Bestway):

Sarah Hoyle (The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne)

Delaware North

Best Regional Initiative Award (sponsored by Conviviality Plc):
Foxes Academy

The Education and Industry Partnership Award (sponsored by Serviceline):
The Georgian House

Category 2 – Attracting and Developing People

Best Work Experience Provider Award (sponsored by James Hallam):
The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne

Best Use of Digital Media Award to Attract Talent (sponsored by drp):

Best Recruitment Initiative Award (sponsored by

The Young People Award (sponsored by American Express):
Inspired Youth

Best Chef Development Strategy (sponsored by Handpicked Hotels):
Firmdale Hotels

The Best Housekeeping Team Initiative Award (sponsored by Bonasystems):
Bluestone National Park Resort

Best Management Development Strategy (sponsored by Talent Hive):
Master InnHolders

The Wine Award (sponsored by WineEd):
National Theatre

Category 3 – Best Employment Practice

The Best Apprenticeship Strategy (sponsored by HIT Training):
Q Hotels

Best Career Progression Award (sponsored by COREcruitment):
London Cocktail Club

The Retention Award sponsored by (CH & Co Group):
Mullion Cove Hotels

The Community Engagement Award (sponsored by Diageo):
Hilton London Bankside

Best Employer Award (sponsored by Learning Curve Group):
London Cocktail Club

Chris Beaumont Special Award (sponsored by Bidfood):
Mark Heirs

Fiona Colley Award:
Ethan Grier