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Winning Combinations... Arts & Business Cymru Awards Winners announced

The best business partners of the arts in Wales have been recognised at the Arts & Business Cymru Awards ceremony.

At a black-tie dinner for over 400 guests at Wales Millennium Centre on 14 June, businesses ranging from a major UK telecoms company to a North Wales accountancy firm were presented with specially commissioned works of art created by glass maker, Jessica Lloyd Jones.
The A&B Cymru Awards, sponsored by Valero, are in their 19th year. They acknowledge and celebrate exemplary partnerships between a wide range of businesses and the arts across the country. Successful projects rewarded this year include creative work carried out in residential care homes, football stadiums, call centres and on trains.
Transforming disused shop premises into a theatre is helping to regenerate Swansea’s High Street, thanks to the popularity of Mal Pope’s musical Cappuccino Girls and the backing of a group of sponsors, spearheaded by the South Wales Evening Post. The newspaper’s support won the Brand Identity Category, while the Legal & General Arts Award went to Mal’s Grant Slam Theatre in recognition of the exemplary way it works with all its supporting business partners.
Admiral Business of the Year Award 2012Wales’ biggest building society, the Principality was named Business of the Year for its ongoing support of Britain’s Got Talent finalists, Only Boys Aloud.
A new category, the Philanthropy Award, recognises the contribution made by individuals to the arts in Wales. It attracted a wide cross section of nominations and the inaugural award was presented to Mathew Prichard for his generous support of Welsh National Opera. David Pountney, the company’s Chief Executive and Artistic Director said ”WNO is delighted that Mathew Prichard has been recognised by this award. His philanthropic relationship with the company dates back 20 years and is driven by his unswerving belief in Welsh cultural excellence and a determination to share that with the widest possible audience”.

For further information on the 2012 Awards please click here.
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Arts & Business Cymru says...

“It is important to recognise the role played by individual philanthropy alongside the increasingly vital corporate support for the creative sector. Companies of all sizes are working with the arts in ever more innovative ways to make a real impact on Welsh cultural life. The resulting partnerships motivate and develop staff, improve business and directly engage communities across Wales. A&B Cymru is proud to play its part in forging and sustaining these far-reaching relationships”.
Rachel Jones, Chief Executive, A&B Cymru

Arts & Business Cymru Awards Winners 2012

Business Adviser of the Year
Sponsored by University of Wales Newport
Winner: Paula Jewson, West Coast Energy & Machynlleth Comedy Festival
Finalist: Tamara Evans, ChandlerKBS & Volcano Theatre
Finalist: Kay Walters, S4C & RCT Community Arts

Arts, Business & Brand Identity
Sponsored by Arup
Winner: South West Wales Media & Grand Slam Theatre
Finalist: Cardiff Waterside & Wales Millennium Centre
Finalist: Telegraph Media Group & Hay Festival
Arts, Business & the Community
Sponsored by Wales & West Utilities
Winner: Pendine Park Care Organisation & Hallé Orchestra & Welsh National Opera
Finalist: John Lewis & Adamsdown Arts Association & Llamau
Finalist: Waitrose & TAPE Community Music & Film
Arts, Business & Young People
Sponsored by Hugh James
Winner: Football Association of Wales & Pippins Designs
Finalist: Gamlins & Mostyn
Finalist: Redrow Homes South Wales & Only Boys Aloud
Arts & Small Business
Sponsored by Principality Building Society
Winner: Salisbury & Co & North Wales International Music Festival
Finalist: Lawrence Miller & Co & Torfaen Jazz Society
Finalist: Peninsula Home Improvements & Gwasanaeth Ysgolion William Mathias
Arts, Business & the Environment
Sponsored by West Coast Energy
Winner: First Great Western & Wales Millennium Centre
Finalist: Arriva Trains Wales & Literature Wales
Finalist: Admiral, Blazers Caravan Company, Castell Howell Foods, Castle Bingo, Lazerzone, South West Wales Media & Grand Slam Theatre
Arts, Business & Employees
Sponsored by First Great Western
Winner: T-Mobile & Sing and Inspire
Finalist: Admiral & Chapter Arts Centre & NoFit State Circus
Finalist: Valero & Act Now Creative Training

Arts, Business & Long Term Support
Sponsored by Hospital Innovations
Winner: Hoffi / Cardiff Design Festival
Finalist: Legal & General / Hijinx Theatre
Finalist: ScottishPower / Clwyd Theatr Cymru

Business of the Year
Sponsored by Admiral
Winner: Principality Building Society / Only Boys Aloud
Finalist: Admiral & Cardiff LGBT Mardi Gras, Chapter Arts Centre, Grand Slam Theatre, NoFit State Circus and Sing & Inspire
Finalist: Legal & General & Hijinx Theatre, Leonard Cheshire Disability – Danybryn, RCT Community Arts and UCAN Productions
Legal & General Arts Award
Winner: Grand Slam Theatre
Finalist: Only Boys Aloud
Finalist: Wales Millennium Centre
A&B Cymru Philanthropy Award
Winner: Mathew Prichard
Special Mention:
Martin Briggs for his visionary support of the Iris Prize
Henry and Diane Engelhardt for their far-reaching contributions to Sherman Cymru and Wales Millennium Centre.
Sue & John Last and Aldham Robarts for their unwavering commitment to the North Wales International Music Festival.
Gwyn & Mary Owen for their considerable contribution to Galeri Caernarfon Cyf
Marcia Watts for her staunch support of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama