On Friday 23rd June, a glittering Wales Arts & Business Awards event was held at the iconic Millennium Centre in Cardiff and the ScottishPower Foundation was shortlisted in two categories.
Winners of the Young People and Community Category presented by Clare Hingott, actress from Stella and Indian Doctor
For the second year running, the Foundation’s commitment to two far-reaching North Wales based projects was the clear winner. The Justice in a Day project, the product of our partnership with Theatr Clwyd, targets secondary school students at risk of getting involved in criminal activity. The students take part in interactive dramas that have an impact on young people and are recognised as effective by specialist judicial bodies.
The Foundation has also continued its sponsorship of the Only Boys Aloud choirs in North Wales following a successful pilot scheme in some of the region’s most disadvantaged areas.
The final award of the evening was Wales Business of the Year and shortlisted this year were Principality Building Society ,HMP Y Parc and the ScottishPower Foundation.
Winners of the Business Company of the Year – ScottishPower Foundation – presented by Kimberley Nixon, actress who starred in Cranford
The judges agreed that the ScottishPower Foundation has partnerships with the arts that stand as a true model of excellence and that our long term relationships with The Aloud Charity, National Library of Wales and Theatr Clwyd demonstrate a commitment to the young people of North Wales.
ScottishPower’s sponsorships of Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod and Music in Hospitals are driven by the belief that everyone should have the right to experience and engage with the arts. Both of these projects promote social inclusion and the judges felt the range and sustainability of the arts partnerships was outstanding.
A&B Cymru’s Chief Executive, Rachel Jones said: "The caliber of entries for the 2017 awards was outstanding and displayed the growing range of businesses that successfully engage with the arts. Those relationships empower many people and communities who now experience artistic opportunities that may not have otherwise been available."