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Regional publisher honours staff for work over past year

A regional publisher has honoured its staff for their achievements over the past 12 months.

Archant held its Archant Awards ceremony, which was attended by more than 220 staff, in Norwich on Thursday.

Among the winners was Ilford Recorder reporter Ellena Cruse, whose latest success comes after she was named Young Journalist of the Year at the GG2 Leadership Awards 2018, which celebrate talented people from ethnic minorities, in October.

A prize known as ‘The Archie’, awarded for outstanding contribution to the business, was won by circulation director Darron McLoughlin.

The winners from the 2019 Archant Awards

The winners from the 2019 Archant Awards

Archant chief executive Jeff Henry said: “Archant’s purpose is to build communities – and this starts with our own communities. Bringing Archant people together for a night of celebration gives everyone the chance to reflect on their tremendous achievements.

“I’m particularly pleased that we were able to recognise the unique and complimentary talents of our people from right across our organisation.”

Chief people officer Dee Willmott added: “We receive many, many hundreds of entries each year and I’m always blown away by the pride and creativity that shines through.

“As our organisation transforms, the engagement of our staff is crucial, underpinning everything we do, which is why events like the Archant Awards are so important.”

The full list of winners is as follows:

Building Communities
Norfolk & Suffolk Schools Promotions (Circulation)

Actions Speak Louder
Anna Dewinter (DDI)

Transformation Award
Archant Learn (People)

Learning Legend
Dani Long (South West Newspapers SBU)

Content Of The Year
Ellena Cruse (London Content)

Commercial Campaign Of The Year
Inspiring Women Of Suffolk (Suffolk Content and Newspaper SBU)

One To Watch
Jaio Zarraga (DDI)
Jono Read (Content)

The Creativity Award
Dialogue – Bentley

The People’s Champ
Phillipa Cave (London Content)

Manager Of The Year
Dom Holtam (Specialist Magazines)
Jackie Ross (London Newspaper SBU)

Team Of The Year
Cheshire Life Sales Team (Magazines SBU)

The Star Award
Andrew Bellamy (Magazines SBU)

The Archie
Darron McLoughlin (Circulation)


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  • March 13, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    Why no photography awards? It’s a rhetorical question. We all know the answer.

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  • March 13, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    After the embarrassing proclamation about being THE best regional media group by 2017 spectacularly failed to happen, Mr Henry’s boasts are not to be taken seriously so “….Archant’s purpose is to build communities “ already looks to be fanciful after the latest shocking ABC figures and the announcement last week that he will be closing branch offices across the group, likewise the policy of filling the local weeklies with old news, much of it taken from Facebook posts or submitted by the public will do nothing to regain the public in the communities who’ve turned their backs on the ailing weekly papers.

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  • March 14, 2019 at 4:54 am

    What a joke Phil.A newspaper who’s staff cannot spell correctly.No doubt a computer glitch will be blamedEm!! Who puts the info into a computer!!!!! PS WELL DONE what did you get?

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  • March 14, 2019 at 9:27 am

    No awards whatsoever for anyone in Norwich/East Anglia editorial. Says it all really.

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  • March 14, 2019 at 9:58 am

    “…..this starts with our own communities. Bringing Archant people together for a night of celebration gives everyone the chance….”
    -Jeff Henry

    “…..engagement of our staff is crucial…..”
    – chief people officer

    But not all staff were invited were they?

    How to alienate staff in 2 easy lessons

    As you were

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