14 May 2016back

A&B Cymru Awards 2016

Perfect Partnerships

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The best creative partnerships between business and the arts were recognised at the 23rd annual Arts & Business Cymru Awards ceremony, sponsored by Valero, at Wales Millennium Centre on 14 May.  The winners, ranging from individual supporters to major companies, received trophies specially commissioned from mother and son artists, Sue Hiley Harris and Owen Harris.  Acting stars Rakie Ayola, Luke Bailey, Stella’s Di Botcher, Charles Dale from BBC 1’s Casualty and Suzanne Packer presented the awards to the category winners along with opera singer Rebecca Evans, the former Royal harpist, Hannah Stone and designer turned conservationist, Anna Ryder Richardson. Guests at the black tie ceremony were entertained by the dance group A3 and the multi-talented quartet, Stringfever.

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 Cardiff city centre club to energy companies, housing association and a Welsh university. 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 Great Western Railway:

Winner             University of Wales Trinity St David for its partnership with Wales Millennium Centre

Arts, Business & the Community, sponsored by Wales & West Utilities:

Winner             United Welsh Housing Association for its partnership with NoFit State Circus

Arts, Business & Young People, sponsored by Cardiff Metropolitan University:

Winner             Scottish Power Foundation for its sponsorship of The Aloud Charity and Theatr Clwyd

Arts & Small Business, sponsored by Principality Building Society:

Winner             Clwb Ifor Bach for its sponsorship of Tafwyl

Arts, Business & Health, sponsored by Western Power Distribution:

Winner             Cartrefi Conwy for its partnership with Oriel Colwyn  

Arts, Business & the Environment, sponsored by the Waterloo Foundation & University of Wales, Trinity St David:

Winner             Jones Bros for its sponsorship of Ruthin Craft Centre

Arts, Business & Employees, sponsored by Cartrefi Conwy:

Winner             Western Power Distribution for its partnership with Hijinx

The Eversheds Business Adviser of the Year:

Winner             Jeremy Jones, Fulcrum Direct Ltd for his contribution to community dance group, TAN

The Admiral Business of the Year Award:

Winner             Cartrefi Conwy for its partnerships with Jan Gardner, Paul Sampson, Oriel Colwyn & the North Wales International Music Festival

The Hospital Innovations Arts Award:

Winner             Hijinx for its outstanding partnership with Western Power Distribution.

The special Philanthropy Award was given to David Seligman OBE & his late wife Philippa for their generous personal support of many of the leading arts organisations across Cardiff.  

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: Geoff Barber, Principality Building Society; Mary Czulowski, CEO Britwind Ltd; Chris Frost, joint owner of manorhaus, Ruthin & Llangollen; Gareth I Jones, Founder & CEO, Welsh Innovation Centre for Enterprise; Eilyr Owen Griffiths, composer, lecturer & music director;  Cathy Owens, Director, Deryn and Ted Sangster, Chair, The Darwin Centre & Waterfront Gallery.  

The Awards’ principal sponsor was global energy company Valero, supporting the ceremony for the 7th year.  The Refinery Public Affairs Manager said: 

“Wales enjoys a global reputation for creativity and culture. This reputation is underpinned by strong cooperation 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 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 benefits 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 Ancre Hill Estates, Cardiff Airport, Carrick Creative, Celtic Spirit, Flightlink, Flower Lodge, Flybe, Freshwater, Fruitapeel, Intercity Removals, Llanllyr Source, Mari Thomas Jewellery  and Park Plaza, Cardiff.  The ceremony’s media partner is Orchard Events.  

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

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Arts & Business Cymru says...

“The range of partnerships nominated this year reflects the strong support of the private sector for the arts across Wales in projects that achieve very real business objectives.  Once again this year we were struck by the inspirational work the two sectors achieve together. 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.”

Rachel Jones, Chief Executive A&B Cymru