9 July 2013back

Performing in Perfect Partnership

Arts & Business Cymru Awards 2013


The best creative partnerships between business and the arts were recognised at the 20th annual Arts & Business Cymru Awards ceremony, sponsored by Valero, at Wales Millennium Centre on 8 July. 

The winners, ranging from individual supporters to major companies, received trophies specially commissioned from Llantrisant based artist, Laura Thomas. High profile Welsh performers, including Rakie Ayola, Rebecca Evans, Suzanne Packer, Julian Lewis Jones and Steven Meo presented the awards at a sell-out black tie ceremony. The winners and guests were entertained by the award winning choir, Only Men Aloud in one of the last public appearances in its original form. The choir gave its first professional performance at the Arts & Business Cymru Awards 2001.

2013 Awards - Image by/Llun gan Glenn EdwardsThe Awards encourage, acknowledge and celebrate exemplary partnerships between the private sector and the arts and reflect a broad spectrum of work undertaken by A&B Cymru across the country. The winners included businesses ranging from a Swansea-based small family firm to multi-national companies. 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.

Each category is sponsored by a key Welsh organisation and this year’s winners are: 

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: Barnaby Brand, GE Aviation; Clare Hudson, BBC Cymru Wales; Askhar Sheibani, Comtek Network Solutions; poet Owen Sheers and Emma Watkins, CBI Wales.

The A&B Cymru Awards benefit from staunch in-kind support from a range of Wales based businesses, including Carrick Creative, Conti’s of Lampeter, Flightlink, Flower Lodge, Fruitapeel, John Lewis Cardiff, Kuoni, Llanllyr Source and Park Plaza, Cardiff.  For the third year, the ceremony’s media partner is BBC Cymru Wales. 

For further details, contact Rachel Jones on 029 2030 3023 

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Arts & Business Cymru says...

“It’s a fantastic achievement to reach the milestone of the 20th anniversary of these Awards. Their success reflects the strong and continuing support of the private sector for the arts in Wales. This year’s nominated partnerships have been inspiring examples of what can be achieved when business and the arts work together. The Arts & Business Cymru team in North and South Wales are justifiably proud and congratulate all the winners and nominees.”  
Rachel Jones, Chief Executive, Arts & Business Cymru

Arts & Business Cymru Awards WInners 2013
Arts, Business & Brand Identity, sponsored by Arup:
Winner: Principality Building Society for its partnerships with The Aloud Charity & Wales Millennium Centre.

Arts, Business & the Community, sponsored by Wales & West Utilities:
Winner: Legal & General for its partnerships with Riverfront, Newport & UCAN.

Arts, Business & Young People, sponsored by Hugh James:
Winner: Wales & West Utilities for its sponsorship of Hijinx Theatre & Theatr na n’Óg

Arts & Small Business, sponsored by Principality Building Society:
Winner: Oyster Bay Systems for its sponsorship of Grand Slam Theatre

Arts, Business & the Environment, sponsored by West Coast Energy:
Winner: HSBC for its partnership with RhylCreate Gallery  

Arts, Business & Employees, sponsored by Lewis & Lewis:
Winner: Admiral for its partnerships with Chapter Arts Centre & NoFit State Circus

Arts, Business & Long Term support, sponsored by Hospital Innovations:
Winner: ScottishPower for its partnership with Clwyd Theatr Cymru

Business Adviser of the Year, sponsored by University of South Wales, Newport:
Winner: Mary Sinclair Porter, Legal & General

The Admiral Business of the Year Award:
Winner: Wales & West Utilities for its range of partnerships with Act Now Creative Training, Hijinx Theatre, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Sherman Cymru & Theatr na n’Óg.

The Legal & General Arts Award:
Winner: The Aloud Charity for the outstanding way it works with its business partners – Carrick Creative, Edwards Coaches and Principality Building Society  

The special Philanthropy Award was given to Gwyn & Mary Owen for their generous personal support of Galeri, Caernarfon.