A local newspaper in Newark, UK, The Newark Advertiser, held their annual Business Awards on December 2nd. After eight successful years the event is now recognised as a benchmark by which local business is measured. This year they introduced a new category – The Lifetime Achievement Award.
This Award is designed to recognise an exceptional individual running a successful business based in Newark and whose effort and determination has had a significant commercial impact on the local business community. The category was not open for nominations, instead a panel of judges selected the individual based on their involvement in shaping the area’s economy and their commitment and contribution to the region.
Chairman of Benoy, Graham Cartledge CBE, was honoured to be awarded with The Lifetime Achievement Award 2013. As Graham is currently in China on David Cameron’s Trade Delegation, the award was collected by Benoy Director, Tom Cartledge.
Tom commented, ‘It was a real honour for Graham to receive this Award. The judges stressed how this was both a personal Award and also recognition of Benoy’s success. They reiterated that not only has Benoy raised Newark’s global profile but has also provided a long term stable working environment for many Nottinghamshire residents. To have a team with service lengths of over 20 years, and in one case 40, is a testament to Benoy and its values.’
Aside from the business, the Award recognises Graham’s charity work, such as Maggie’s Cancer Centres, and a continued support of local businesses, schools and universities, which has seen him receive two honorary degrees.