Personnel Today Awards 2016: SABMiller takes home the top prize

SABMiller Europe gained the top trophy in last night’s Personnel Today Awards for an ambitious learning and development initiative that helped to improve profitable growth.

The brewing company, which produces iconic beer brands such as Peroni, Grolsch and Pilsner Urquell and has recently been acquired by AB InBev, beat the winners from 20 other categories to receive the coveted Overall Winner Award.

More than 900 HR professionals attended last night’s ceremony in the glamorous surroundings of the Great Room in the Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane. The audience was entertained by National Lottery host Gaby Roslin and star of BBC series Asian Provocateur, comedian Romesh Ranganathan.

SABMiller won the Excellence in Learning and Development Award for an initiative called Profitable Revenue Growth Management (PRGM).

The initiative aimed to bring “PRGM thinking” into everyday routines through a blend of e-learning, coaching and live workshops, and has delivered more than $33 million in incremental profits since it launched.

SABMiller collect the 2016 Personnel Today Overall Winner trophy

SABMiller collect the 2016 Personnel Today Overall Winner trophy

The HR Team of the Year Award was won by Odeon & UCI Cinemas after successfully steering the two brands through a merger, helping employees to gain a greater sense of working together and increasing revenue by 20%.

One of the most sought-after awards of the evening, HR Director of the Year, was won this year by Sharon Bridgland-Gough of Cardtronics UK, the cash machine operator.

Bridgland-Gough was praised for the way she supported the company’s growth and her role in redefining and embedding its core values.

A potential future winner of this award was Anna Haines of real estate group CBRE Managed Services, who topped the HR Rising Star category.

Haines, who has been promoted to HR business partner this year, revamped the company’s reward system and supported it through a restructuring process.

Rob Moss, Personnel Today’s editor, said: “Congratulations to all our winners. This was a particularly good year for innovation in the Awards – entries showed just how capable the HR function is of dealing with major technological and people change.”



Award for Employee Engagement (sponsored by Great Place to Work)

Winner: RHP Group

Award for Diversity and Inclusion (sponsored by Creating Inclusive Cultures)

Winner: Pinsent Masons

Award for Excellence in Employee Relations

Winner: Thurrock Council

Employer Branding Award

Winner: IHG

Award for Health and Wellbeing (sponsored by Occupational Health and Wellbeing) 

Winner: Virgin Management

Award for Employee Benefits

Winner: Next Stage

HR Impact Award (sponsored by Vana HR Resourcing)

Winner: KP Snacks

Award for Innovation in Recruitment (sponsored by CEB Global)

Winner: Thales

Award for Excellence in Public Service HR (sponsored by the PPMA)

Winner: Orbis – East Sussex and Surrey county councils

HR Business Partner of the Year (sponsored by Personnel Today Jobs)

Winner: Laura Guttfield, ITN

HR Rising Star (sponsored by Harvey Nash)

Winner: Anna Haines, CBRE Managed Services

Award for Excellence in HR through Technology (sponsored by Broadbean Technology)

Winner: Transport for London

Consultancy of the Year

Winner: Talking Talent

Graduate Scheme of the Year

Winner: Welsh Water

Award for Excellence in Learning and Development

Winner: SABMiller Europe

Youth Employment Initiative Award

Winner: Barclays Bank

Award for Talent Management (sponsored by a&dc)

Winner: Virgin Money

Award for Managing Change

Winner: Savills UK

HR Supplier Partnership Award

Winner: Coaching Impact (nominated by England Rugby 2015)

HR Team of the Year (sponsored by Totaljobs)

Winner: Odeon & UCI Cinemas

HR Director of the Year (sponsored by Totaljobs)

Winner: Sharon Bridgland-Gough, Cardtronics UK

Personnel Today Awards 2016 Overall Winner (sponsored by XpertHR)

Winner: SABMiller


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