A&B Cymru Awards 2017

A&B Cymru Awards 2017

Perfect Partnerships

The best creative partnerships between business and the arts were recognised at the 24th annual Arts & Business Cymru Awards ceremony, sponsored by Valero, at Wales Millennium Centre on 23 June.  The winners, ranging from individual supporters to major companies, received trophies specially commissioned from Vale of Glamorgan based artist Ingrid Walker.

Acting stars Clare Hingott, Amanda Mealing, Julian Lewis Jones and Will Thomas presented the awards to the winners, along with singers Rebecca Evans and Amy Wadge, and former Changing Rooms designer and conservationist, Anna Ryder Richardson.

Guests at the black tie ceremony were entertained by laser dance group Photon and the Tredegar Town Band.  Multi-talented students from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama were joined for their performance by West-End star John Owen Jones.

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.

Winners at this year’s prestigious ceremony included a Health Board, a prison and a holiday cottage letting company, as well as some of Wales’ leading businesses. Each had clearly defined objectives for partnering the arts – enhancing brand, reaching specific target markets, playing an active part in the community or training and developing staff.

Full details of all winners and finalists can be found along the left-hand side of the page. 

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: Sian Humpherson, Business Consultant, Royal Oak Hotel Betws-y-Coed; Debbie Green, Chief Executive of Coastal Housing; Artistic Director of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Arwel Gruffydd; La-Chun Lindsay, Chief Executive of GE Aviation Wales; and Craig Stephenson, Director of Commission Services, National Assembly for Wales. The Grant Stephens Family Law Adviser Award was judged by two stalwarts of A&B Cymru’s Professional Development Programmes, Business Consultant Ian Hannah, and Jeremy Jones of Fulcrum Direct.

A&B Cymru’s Chief Executive, Rachel Jones said:
“The calibre of entries for the 2017 awards was outstanding and displayed the growing range of businesses that successfully engage with the arts. Those relationships bring empowerment to many people and communities who now experience artistic opportunities that may not have otherwise been available.

“The partnerships recognised prove that investment in the arts achieves very real commercial benefits and also allows companies to have a tangible impact beyond the workplace. We’re very fortunate to receive consistent support from our sponsors and partners, and I am delighted that this year we have been able to highlight the important work going on throughout Wales.”

The Awards’ principal sponsor was global energy company Valero, supporting the ceremony for the 8th year.  The Refinery Public Affairs Manager, Stephen Thornton, said:

“Wales enjoys a global reputation for creativity and culture. This reputation is underpinned by strong co-operation between arts and the business world. At the heart of these efforts is Arts & Business Cymru, an organisation that plays a vital role in supporting the development of links between arts organisations and the private sector in Wales. Valero Pembroke Refinery is once again incredibly proud to be able to support the Arts & Business Cymru Awards as principal sponsor, and celebrate the rich and exciting arts and business partnerships in Wales which benefit all sections of the community.”

The A&B Cymru Awards also benefits from staunch in-kind support from a range of Wales based businesses, including Cardiff Airport, Carrick Design & Print, Celtic Spirit Company, FlightLink Wales, Flower Lodge, Fruitapeel, Great Orme Brewery, Hallets Cider, Intercity Removals, Llanllyr Source, Mari Thomas Jewellery, Pant Du, the Park Plaza Cardiff, Seidr y Mynydd and Spindogs. The Awards’ media partner is Orchard.

For further information about the Awards, please contact contactus@aandbcymru.org.uk