Sandvik Ltd and Ex Cathedra were named as Champion of Champions at the Jaguar Land Rover Awards for Arts & Business.
Judges described the 19-year partnership as “a wonderful example of a regional project which is set to continue, develop further and has national significance".
Judges also hailed the continued development of the projects delivering vocal skills education, adding: "A phenomenal number of people have been reached through Sandvik’s involvement with Ex Cathedra, and across generations too… it has had a real impact and will stay with them for the rest of their lives.”
Leading figures from the region’s business and cultural communities gathered at Birmingham Town Hall to celebrate the best partnerships between arts and business.
The awards, presented in association with The Birmingham Post and hosted by Sarah Falkland of BBC Midlands Today, saw awards going to a host of collaborations.
Gavin Buckley, Director of Arts & Business Midlands said: “At Arts & Business we make it our mission to foster and promote some of the most dynamic partnerships between the commercial and cultural sectors and my congratulations go to the winners – they are an inspiration to us all, clearly illustrating the wide-ranging benefits available when arts and business work together.”
Simon Warr, Director of Communications and Public Affairs for Jaguar Land Rover said: “We are proud to continue our longstanding partnership with Arts & Business as premier sponsor of the Jaguar Land Rover Awards. My congratulations go to all the outstanding projects and people recognised by these awards whose partnerships make the region a better place for us all.”
Other winners on the night, judged by an independent panel made up of representatives from both the arts and business, included the British Broadcasting Corporation – West Midlands, Jessops plc & Audiences Central who won the Clarke Associates A&B Cultural Branding Award for the ‘The Big Picture’ project which was created to attract new arts audiences from hard to reach communities within the Midlands.
The Labels Outlet Shopping A&B Community Award was picked up by Urban Splash and Nic Gaunt that saw a collection of personal stories and thoughts, associated with the Rotunda, its history and regeneration.
The Radisson SAS Hotel Birmingham A&B People Development Award went to Aston Business School and The MAP Consortium and C&T while the Marketing Birmingham A&B Young People Award went to Areva T&D and Stafford Borough Council Leisure Services for a longstanding commitment to helping local people through the arts.
The Land Rover A&B Business Volunteer of the Year Award went to Greg Lowson from Pinsent Masons LLP and the Midlands Arts Centre
Since joining the board of Mac as a non-executive director, Greg has not only been a regular at board meetings, but has also embraced the challenging role of leading the new building appeal fundraising group. Greg has become a valued ambassador for mac with senior business and civic leaders and Mac has also benefited from Greg’s company support for their building project through pro bono legal work.