Arts, Business & Employees 2018
Sponsored by Western Power Distribution
Winner: Admiral Group
Déborah Reeve, Admiral Group & Mark Lewis Jones
Image by Glenn Edwards
Admiral prides itself on being recognised as one of the Best Workplaces in the UK and its partnership with Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre offers its staff unique and motivating opportunities. Last year, approximately 3,500 of the business’ employees directly benefitted from the collaboration through a discount scheme, competitions to win tickets and workshops. In addition to the sponsorship, Admiral staff were instrumental in helping Chapter achieve its targets on two fundraising schemes for community arts projects.
Chapter has seen a major increase in both sales and audience numbers as a direct result of Admiral staff engagement. The business views its relationship with Chapter as a strategic partnership that allows it to provide opportunities that money cannot buy.
The judges were impressed by the evolving nature of this mutually beneficial partnership and felt that Admiral’s outstanding commitment to the arts for the benefit of staff made it a clear winner in this category.
Now in its 7th year, the partnership between Admiral and NoFit State continues to go from strength to strength. Clearly focussed on delivering the highest quality experiences for the enjoyment and development of Admiral staff, the partners are constantly exploring new, dynamic ways of working together. NoFit State delivers an engaging programme of bespoke training. In 2017, over 250 employees experienced circus team building sessions and a specialist High-Flyer Day gave more than 25 of them a taste of the flying trapeze.
Principality Building Society
A partnership between Principality and Rubicon Dance began in 2014 and has developed into a multi-faceted relationship which benefits employees and the wider community. The building society’s staff participate in dance workshops that enhance a sense of wellbeing. In 2017, they took part in workshops with Rubicon’s disabilities performance groups and the business’ rubgy team worked with Rubicon’s dancers. The partnership has exceeded the business’ expectations and is demonstrating a direct impact on employees’ health and fitness.