Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events held its annual sales and marketing conference and awards dinner at Dundas Castle, West Lothian, Scotland, to recognise the sales teams’ contribution to another year of significant business growth.
The event was attended by more than 50 sales managers, general managers and directors from Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events teams around the UK, from venues such as Headingley Experience and The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
Following a three-course dinner, created by award-winning Prestige Venues & Events chef, Tom Beauchamp, the awards were presented by former Northern Ireland international footballer and Cowdenbeath manager Jimmy Nicholl.
The Sales and Marketing Innovation Award went to the team at Tyneside’s St James’ Park – home to Newcastle United FC – for a Christmas lunch it held at the stadium for families living with autism. Not only did the event strengthen the venue’s engagement with the community but it has inspired further events with the charity, planned for the coming year.
The Sales & Marketing Team of the Year award, for Sodexo’s venues division, went to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, where staff had exceeded their sales budget by 15 per cent.
The Sodexo team at Headingey Experience – home to Leeds Rhinos and the Yorkshire County Cricket Club – scooped the Sales and Marketing Team of the Year award for Sodexo’s stadia and racecourse venues, for exceeding its sales budget by an impressive 22 per cent.
This year’s winner of the Mystery Shopping Award went to Scotland’s Hampden Park, whose Sodexo team consistently scored the highest average scores across all categories over the past 12 months. The Area Directors Award Scotland went to Elaine Brown for Scotland C&E, while the equivalent award for England was given to Kathy Taylor, sales and marketing manager for the American Express Community Stadium – home to Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club, both of whom have provided exceptional standards of work and positive results in their venues.
The award ceremony also recognised the efforts of the individual, with its Rising Star Award, which this year was awarded to Kate Nicholl, Central Enquiry Hub Manager, at Sodexo’s central enquiry hub. Kate joined Sodexo in March 2014 as it launched Prestige Venues & Events and has since become a true ambassador for PV&E, building strong relationships and providing excellent service to its UK conference and events customers.
“2015 was an outstanding year for our sales and marketing teams across our division. It was fantastic to be able to thank our teams and reward the highest achievers for all their good work,’” said Natasha Carr, UK Venue & Events Marketing Manager, at Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events.