The historic setting of The Great Hall in Warwick Castle was the location for the first Warwickshire Employee of the Year Awards, organised by Plus One Personnel.
On Friday February 6, a sell-out crowd of more than 120 gathered to recognise and reward achievement and excellence from their employees, team and employers.
Stuart Moore, operations director of Plus One Personnel, said: “We are so pleased that our first event attracted such a huge number of entrants and were amazed that awards ceremony was completely sold out. “It just shows the importance employers place on recognising and rewarding their hard working staff who have gone that extra mile.
“ We are so grateful to Warwick Castle for allowing us to celebrate our awards at such a respected local landmark.”
The judges were Stuart Moore, operations director of Plus One Personnel, Chris Lillington, editor of the Courier and Weekly News, Steve Orchard, CEO of Quiderm and owner of Touch FM and Leamington and Warwick MP Chris White.
The winner of the Warwickshire Apprentice/Trainee of the Year, presented by Chris White MP, was won by Ben Shuttleworth of Morrison Insurance Solutions
The second category was the Warwickshire Charity Fundraiser of the Year, presented by Stuart Moore. It was awarded to Tracy Grunwell from the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.
The award for Warwickshire Team of the Year, presented by the Courier and Weekly News’s deputy editor Phil Hibble, was awarded to the Rehoming Team at Dogs Trust Kenilworth.
Gardening and cleaning contractors Carty Services were crowned Warwickshire Employer of the Year by Steve Orchard, owner of Touch FM.
The ultimate award of Warwickshire Employee of the Year was awarded to Penny Hefferan and her guide dog Clova.
Graham Kensett from Guide Dogs said: “Penny and Clova are wonderful ambassadors for Guide Dogs and together they clearly represent the many guide dog owners and people with sight loss whose lives are impacted through the independence which comes through Guide Dogs life changing work.”
First Utility scooped the ‘Outstanding Commitment to Employment’ award after taking on a large number of new recruits this past year.