2017 A&B Cymru Winners Announced
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.
The categories were sponsored by key Welsh organisations and this year’s winners are:
Arts, Business & Brand Identity, sponsored by Pendine Park Care Organisation:
Winner Principality Building Society for its partnerships with The Aloud Charity & Orchard Entertainment
Arts, Business & the Community, sponsored by Wales & West Utilities:
Winner HMP / YOI Parc for its partnerships with FIO, Literature Wales & Valley and Vale Community Arts
Arts, Business & Young People, sponsored by GE Aviation:
Winner Scottish Power Foundation for its sponsorship of The Aloud Charity and Theatr Clwyd
Arts & Small Business, sponsored by Principality Building Society:
Winner Menai Holiday Cottages for its partnership with artist Anthony Garrett
Arts, Business & Health, sponsored by Cartrefi Conwy:
Winner Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board for its partnership with Theatr Clwyd
Arts, Business & the Environment, sponsored by the Waterloo Foundation & University of Wales, Trinity St David:
Winner Port of Milford Haven for its sponsorship of Arts Care Gofal Celf, Milford Youth Matters, Torch Theatre and the VC Gallery
Arts, Business & Employees, sponsored by Western Power Distribution:
Winner Admiral for its partnership with NoFit State Circus
The Grant Stephens Family Law Adviser Award:
Winner Jeremy Salisbury, Salisburys for his contribution to MOSTYN gallery in Llandudno
The Admiral Business of the Year Award:
Winner ScottishPower Foundation for its partnerships with The Aloud Charity, Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, Music in Hospitals, National Library Wales & Theatr Clwyd
The Hospital Innovations Arts Award:
Winner Theatr Clwyd for its outstanding partnerships with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, North & Mid Wales Reaching Wider Partnership and ScottishPower Foundation
The Philanthropy Award was re-named in memory of Cardiff business man Robert Maskrey, a great supporter of the arts and of A&B Cymru. It was given to Ian Stoutzker, CBE for his generous personal support of many organisations in Wales, including The Aloud Charity, Live Music Now, Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and Tredegar Town Band.
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.
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