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Regional publisher honours top-performing staff

Regional publisher Archant has honoured staff from across the company at its annual awards ceremony.

More than 200 members of staff attended the awards lunch at the Landmark Hotel in London last Friday.

Among the winners were the team from newly-launched Local Tv channel Mustard TV which scooped the Team of the Year category while its MD, Fiona Ryder, won chief executive Adrian Jeakings’ Special Award.

Both were rewarded for the launch of the new local TV station for greater Norwich, one of four across the UK which have so far gone live.

All the winners from this year's Archant awards.

Also honoured were Archant Herts & Cambs with The Hunts Post taking the Inspiring Communities Award for what were described as a “never-ending series of campaigns.

The Welwyn & Hatfield Times won the Innovation of the Year – Product or Service for its Pure Property pullout which judges said was “one of the best-looking supplements in the industry.”

Addressing the lunch, Adrian said: “This is one of my favourite days of the year. It’s always a great pleasure to stand up here in such splendid surroundings and recognize the people that have done outstanding things over the past year.

“Today is all about celebrating the outstanding achievements of our colleagues. Listen, learn, applaud and, above all, enjoy.”

He added: “Colleagues from all over the company are telling me how they are winning business and inspiring communities by putting our customers first.

“But we need to continue developing new and innovative products and services to meet the needs of our audience and clients.”


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  • July 1, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Never feel comfortable with companies patting themselves on the back/blowing their own trumpets in this way. I’m sure some of the award recipients feel slightly embarrassed, too. It’s obvious that often the ‘good employee’ wins out over the most skilful journalist etc but, of course, the bosses could never admit this.

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  • July 1, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    I agree Pageturner.
    I am much happier with companies which never recognise or reward staff who go that little bit further – you know where you stand with them and after all, these people get paid don’t they?

    And another thing many of these so-called awards nights are often just an excuse for a lot of drinking and dancing to that disco-technical music – if you can call it music. It’s more like a big noise.

    Not like in my day. I remember…

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  • July 2, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Funny, Confused! However, celebrations while quality staff elsewhere continue to be made redundant and the old ways die off do seem slightly egregious.

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