Admiral Business of the Year 2017
Winner: ScottishPower Foundation
Roy Jones, ScottishPower Foundation & Kimberley Nixon
The judges agreed that ScottishPower Foundation’s partnerships with the arts stand as a true model of excellence. They praised the focussed and effective way the business engages with the North Wales community while raising its profile to target markets.
ScottishPower’s partnerships with The Aloud Charity, National Library of Wales and Theatr Clwyd demonstrate a commitment to the young people of North Wales through innovative and educationally rewarding projects. Only Boys Aloud North Wales encourages confidence, self-esteem and aspiration among teenagers in some of the most deprived communities. A range of programmes run by the National Library of Wales engages primary and secondary pupils with the culture, history and heritage of Wales. ScottishPower’s 13-year partnership with Theatr Clwyd has had a transformative effect on some of the hardest to reach young people at risk of falling into anti-social or criminal behaviour.
Social inclusion drives ScottishPower’s sponsorships of Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod and Music in Hospitals. In both projects, the business’ belief that everyone should have the right to experience and engage with the arts shines through and the judges felt the range and sustainability of the arts partnerships was outstanding.
HMP / YOI Parc for its partnerships with FIO, Literature Wales and Valley and Vale Community Arts. The judges praised Parc’s innovative approach to addressing issues within the prison, noting that it stood as an example of best practice for other prisons.
Principality Building Society for its support of The Aloud Charity, Avant Theatre, Orchard Entertainment and Rubicon Dance, which the judges called an “extremely impressive and effective range of arts partnerships”.