We ran 11 Local Employment Partnership (LEP) award ceremonies at a regional level for the Department for Work and Pensions. The winners of the regional events were then put forward for a national award and these were presented at a ceremony in London.
Each ceremony comprised a keynote speech and the presentation of 8 awards, each preceded by a short film about the shortlisted nominees. The awards recognise and reward those companies and individuals who have contributed to creating a diverse workforce. They also create networking opportunities for the winning companies and their local Jobcentre Plus contacts, and an opportunity to promote the LEPs at a local level.
We provided stage and stage sets, adapted to include the different regional LEP logos, and to fit different sized venues, and were responsible for multiple venue management and, on the day, for registration, and show‐calling. The 11 regional events ran back to back across 5 weeks, and a key requirement was close liaison with the 11 different regions, ensuring that they retained a feeling of ownership in the events.
The events were compèred by different hosts including Tim Campbell (Alan Sugar’s first Apprentice), Underwear Entrepreneur and Celebrity Apprentice, Michelle Mone, and Karren Brady, MD of Birmingham FC.