With the awards season well and truly upon us the Springboard Charity is on the verge of announcing their 2012 Awards for Excellence winners during a glittering ceremony at the Novotel London West on October 18th.


Over the last decade Springboard has continually grown entries so much so that this year’s crop was the best ever with well over 100 companies and individuals vying for top honours in the 17 categories available.


The judging panels, made up of respected industry figures, had a tough task in whittling down submissions into a very competitive shortlist, but, after hours and hours of deliberation the following were announced as having made the cut:


Springboard Ambassadors Award -    Amanda Hall, Ann Wulf, Joel Fagg

Best Regional Initiative -    Inspired Change, Academy of Culinary Arts                

The New Media Award - Brookwood Partnership, andsome/EAT  Raymond Blanc Cookery School

The Education Pipeline Award -  The Royal Automobile Club, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Hanbury Manor, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club

Best Student Placement Provider – Red Carnation Hotel Collection, CH& Co, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

Best Recruitment Initiative – 10 out of 10,  Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

The Young People Award – Lancaster London, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Inspired Change

The People Innovation Award – Park Plaza Hotel Group, Crieff Hydro Ltd, Rocco Forte Browns Hotel  

Best Chef Strategy -  Puma Hotel Collection, Lancaster London, BDL

Best Management Strategy – Accor UK & Ireland, Rocco Forte Browns Hotel, Brookwood Partnership

Best Food & Beverage Strategy - Chino Latino, Vintage Inns, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge

The Diversity in Employment Award -   The Clink, Pret A Manger, Whitbread         T

Best Career Progression Award – Intercontinental London Park Lane, Red Carnation Hotel Collection, YO! Sushi, Eurest Food Service – Compass Group UK & Ireland

The Retention Award – Brookwood Partnership, Red Carnation Hotels, Charles Wells Pub Company

The Corporate Responsibility Award – Metropolitan by COMO and The Halkin by COMO, Paul UK, Brookwood Partnership

Best Employer Award – Guoman & Thistle, CH&Co, Brookwood Partnership, Whitbread

Chris Beaumont Special Award – To be announced on the night


Chief Executive of Springboard, Anne Pierce said, ‘I’m delighted that we had so many entries this year. It’s been an outstanding year for Team GB and the Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism sector has risen to the challenges brilliantly! In our 10th year, the Awards continue to recognise excellence and innovation across the industry”