Arts & Business Cymru Awards 2015

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The best creative partnerships between business and the arts were recognised at the 22nd annual Arts & Business Cymru Awards ceremony, sponsored by Valero, at Wales Millennium Centre on 1 July. The winners, ranging from individual supporters to major companies, received trophies specially commissioned from South Wales based sculptor, Sara Myers. High profile Welsh performers, including Sian Phillips, Hannah Daniel, Mark Lewis Jones, Casualty’s Sunetra Sarker, Julian Lewis Jones and Richard Mylan joined singers Rebecca Evans and Sophie Evans and designers David Emanuel and Anna Ryder Richardson to present the awards at a sell-out black tie ceremony. The winners and guests were entertained by dancers from Jukebox Collective and former members of the hit choir, Only Boys Aloud thanks to sponsorship from Waterstone Homes.

The Awards encourage, acknowledge and celebrate exemplary partnerships between the private sector and the arts and reflect the broad spectrum of work undertaken by A&B Cymru across the country. The winners included businesses ranging from an independent city centre bar to international energy giants. Each had clearly defined objectives for partnering the arts – enhancing its brand, reaching a specific target market, playing an active part in the community or training and developing its staff.

The categories were sponsored by key Welsh organisations and this year’s winners are:

Arts, Business & Brand Identity, sponsored by Rightacres Property:
Winner Principality Building Society for its partnership with the Aloud Charity.

Arts, Business & the Community, sponsored by Wales & West Utilities:
Winner Valero for its partnership with Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and the VC Gallery

Arts, Business & Young People, sponsored by First Great Western:
Winner Dragon LNG for its sponsorship of the Torch Theatre.

Arts & Small Business, sponsored by Principality Building Society:
Winner Porter’s Cardiff for its sponsorship of The Other Room

Arts, Business & Health, sponsored by Western Power Distribution:
Winner Pendine Park Care Organistion for its partnership with the Halle Orchestra, Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod & the North Wales International Music Festival.

Arts, Business & the Environment, sponsored by Tidal Lagoon Power & University of Wales, Trinity St David:
Winner Coastal Housing Group for its sponsorship of Volcano Theatre Company.

Arts, Business & Employees, sponsored by Cartrefi Conwy:
Winner Phoenix Optical Technologies Ltd for its partnership with glass artist, Rhian Hâf.

Business Adviser of the Year, sponsored by Cardiff Metropolitan University:
Winner Geoff Barber, Principality Building Society for his contribution to Beyond the Border Storytelling Festival.

The Admiral Business of the Year Award:
Winner Pendine Park Care Organisation for its partnerships with The Halle Orchestra, Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod & the North Wales International Music Festival.

The Hospital Innovations Arts Award:
Winner Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama for the outstanding way it works with its business partners – Brewin Dolphin, Catering Academy, Liberty Living, Wales & West Utilities and Valero.

The special Philanthropy Award was given to Henry & Diane Engelhardt for their generous personal support of the arts across Wales.

The award winners were chosen by an independent panel of judges who have expertise in practical art forms, sponsorship and the aims of the private sector. They are: David Anderson, Director General, National Museums & Galleries of Wales; Gareth Lloyd Roberts, Artistic Director, Aberystwyth Arts Centre; Paul Ralley, Senior Internal Audit Manager, Legal & General; Kath Roberts, Senior Partner, Eversheds, Cardiff; Gill Sandford, Dean of Faculty of Creative Industries, University of South Wales; Kay Walters,Director, Pobl HR consultancy and Jenny Whitham, Managing Director, Patchwork Pate.

A&B Cymru’s Chief Executive, Rachel Jones said:

“The range of partnerships nominated this year has been extensive and reflects the strong support of the private sector for the arts across Wales in projects that achieve very real business objectives. This year we were delighted to introduce a new category – Arts, Business & Health – and were struck by the inspirational partnerships it attracted. The annual awards are our chance to celebrate the outstanding work business and the arts do together and we are grateful for the support of our sponsors, long standing and new. The Arts & Business Cymru team in North and South Wales are proud to work with so many committed partners and congratulate all the winners and nominees.”

The Awards’ principal sponsor was global energy company Valero, supporting the ceremony for the 6th year. The business’ Public Affairs Manager said:

“The Arts & Business Cymru Award ceremony is a highlight of the Welsh cultural calendar, celebrating the vibrant links between arts organisations and the private sector in Wales. Valero Pembroke Refinery is once again delighted to be the principal sponsor of this year’s awards, and the recognition it gives to the mutually beneficial relationships between businesses and the creative industry.”

The A&B Cymru Awards also benefits from staunch in-kind support from a range of Wales based businesses, including A to B Removals, Ancre Hill Estates, Carrick Creative, Celtic Spirit, Flightlink, Flower Lodge, Freshwater, Fruitapeel, John Lewis Cardiff, Kuoni, Llanllyr Source, Park Plaza, Cardiff and Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts. The ceremony’s media partner is Orchard Events.

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