The trade body representing airports – the Airports Operators Association – awarded Gatwick ‘Best Airport’ on Monday, in a ceremony that also saw the airport’s waste plant awarded ‘Best Solution’ and its airfield safety team win ‘Best Overall Campaign’.
Gatwick won ‘Best Airport’ in the over 10 million passengers category.
The airport’s new waste plant won ‘Best Solution’ as it is the first in the world that can treat Category 1 aircraft waste onsite rather than transport it offsite for specialist incineration or deep landfill storage. The new facility also:
· Converts waste into renewable energy
· Lifts the airport’s recycling rate to 64% (June 2017) – the best rate for any UK airport
· Reduces Gatwick’s water consumption by 2 million litres per annum
· Reduces waste related vehicle journeys by 50%
Gatwick’s airfield safety team also won ‘Best Overall Campaign’ for its safety week after the AOA said it “clearly met all criteria delivering a well-defined and well-executed campaign with clear outcomes”, including delivering 16 separate safety related activities, with over 400 workers from 25 separate organisations visiting the mobile airside safety bus alone.
Gatwick was also commended for its Airport Community App that has enabled effective communication among 10,000 airport staff at Gatwick. The AOA said: “Gatwick’s app informs a wide variety of stakeholders and at the same time stimulates competition in key areas of operation.”
The awards come just days after Gatwick was award Airport of the Year at the National Transport Awards.
Chris Woodroofe, Chief Operating Officer, Gatwick Airport, said:
“These awards are testament to the hard work and commitment of our staff and I would like to thank them for their collective efforts over the last twelve months. I am immensely proud of the way that Gatwick has transformed itself into a world-leading airport and there is more to come. We are only half way through our £2.7 billion investment programme and we will continue to introduce the latest innovations and facilities going forwards so our passengers have the very best airport experience.”
The AOA press release on the awards can be found here.
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AMAZING! Exclusive photos & interviews with Gatwick Diamond winners
An exclusive from CN24 shows photos of all the night’s winners as well as interviews as they collected their awards.
In an exclusive from CN24, we caught up with winners as they came off the stage to collect their awards.
The Business Award Winners are those businesses or people who have shown innovation and inspiration in their work, and have demonstrated a real commitment to this world-class region.
The Winners were unveiled at the 10th Anniversary of the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards at the Effingham Park Hotel, on 15th March, 2018.
The Headline Sponsors are B&CE, the Peoples Pension; Extech.co.uk; Gatwick Airport Ltd and NatWest. The Evening started with a Pre-Dinner Reception, and the evening rounded off with the now highly anticipated After-Show Party.
The winners in each category were:
Green Business of the Year – sponsored by Crawley Borough Council
- Hilton London Gatwick Airport
Responsible Business of the Year – sponsored by University of Sussex School of Business, Management & Economics
- Cleankill Pest Control
International Business of the Year – sponsored by the Gatwick Diamond Initiative
- Acro Aircraft Seating
The Award for Customer Delight – sponsored by Thakeham Group
- Gatwick Recruitment and Training Ltd T/A Driver Hire Gatwick
Employer of the Year – sponsored by Search Consultancy
- Assurity Consulting
The Award for Developing People for Business Success – sponsored by Crawley College
- Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club
The Award for Supply Chain Excellence – sponsored by University of Brighton
- PVL UK Ltd
Manufacturing Business of the Year – sponsored by asblaw LLP
- PVL UK Ltd
Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council
- Robert Wiles, Cloud9 Insight
New Business of the Year – sponsored by Basepoint Business Centres
- Growth by Design
Business Person of the Year – sponsored by KPMG
- Rob Pierre, Jellyfish Group Ltd
Business of the Year (Up to £1m Turnover) – sponsored by Platinum Publishing Group
- Juno Wealth Management Ltd
Business of the Year (Over £1m Turnover) – sponsored by NatWest
- MHA Carpenter Box
Business of the Decade – sponsored by NatWest
The Awards were presented by the award-winning comedy legend, star of stage and screen and more recently, a popular contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, Brian Conley at the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards Dinner, on the 15th March, 2018.
From Gatwick Diamond we managed to catch up with Chairman Anya Ledwith:
We also spoke to the General manager of the Copthorne Hotel hosting the event Bharat Rai:
This year one of the headline sponsors was an SME, Extech. We spoke to their MD Andrew Hookway:
Another main sponsor was Gatwick Airport. We caught up with Alison Addy Head of Community Engagement:
Another major supporter of the awards is Richard Place Dobson, we spoke to Matthew Tyson:
We also managed to speak to Ana Christie, Chief Executive for the Sussex Chamber of Commerce.
A brief history of the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards – 2009-17 https://t.co/HK27YHR9SN
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