THE WINNERS of the London Loves Talent Awards 2014


Massive congratulations to these incredible, inspiring and hugely successful companies and individuals

Apprentice of the Year

Joint Winners:

Tim Lord Hopkins, Lawn Tennis Association

Louise Roberts, Lexington Catering

Tim’s employers say his contribution as an apprentice coach has been ‘without doubt’ one of the greatest success stories for the LTA nationally in increasing grass roots tennis. He has raised the profile of tennis in the local community from non-existent to a thriving community sport, attracting people of all ages and abilities, and has gone over and above to develop young people.

Apprentice chef Louise has shown extraordinary commitment and talent which her chef director says are unlike he has seen in the industry for a ‘long, long time’. She has made it to the finals of numerous awards, punching above her age. She is always happy to help out her colleagues and is an ambassador for Springboard UK.

Skills and Workforce Development Champion


Anthony Impey, Optimity Ltd / Tech City Stars

Highly Commended:

Graham Schuhmacher MBE, Rolls-Royce plc

Anthony was running broadband provider Optimity when he took it upon himself to bridge the gap between our youth unemployment crisis and a desperate shortage of talent in the IT sector. Rallying together technology SMEs, he convinced them to provide free training and jobs. Through his programme, young people have gained highly valuable skills in very short timeframes, and found work. Some were homeless, and refugees. Boris Johnson now supports the scheme.

Talent Director of the Year


Matt Elliott, Virgin Money

Matt has overseen the Virgin Money though a period of major transition, having joined shortly before its acquisition of Northern Rock. He made good on the promise that there would be no compulsory redundancies for three years, and through a wide array of programmes  he’s improved staff engagement from 56% to 85% since 2011 and reduced staff turnover from 11% to just 6%. 

Excellence in Diversity, Inclusion and Mentoring


Rolls-Royce plc

Highly Commended:        

Taylor Bennett Foundation

Last year alone, Rolls Royce recruited 300 apprentices and took on 400 graduates. It has invested significant resource to inspire more young women to become engineers. It is also deeply engaged in attracting young people from all backgrounds to science, technology, engineering and maths, benefiting the wider business and scientific communities and providing opportunity.

Excellence in Flexible Working



Highly Commended:


Microsoft’s Anywhere Working philosophy is that employees are more productive if they’re free to work how they choose. It provides all staff with a full suite of hardware, tools and training so they can work flexibly. Under a third of staff work at their desks regularly. All this has reduced costs and sick leave, while boosting productivity and collaboration.

Excellence in Technology and Innovation


Grange Hotels

This hotel chain has 1,300 employees and 17 hotels in London. Internally, it has developed a wide range of systems to improve efficiency and reveal valuable data insights. For customers, it has pioneered in-room entertainment technologies, offering bespoke TV systems and tablets.    

Excellence in Youth Engagement



Highly Commended:        

Bright Ideas Trust

In an industry that favours graduates, EY is doing a huge amount to broaden its talent pool. More than 200 students have benefited from one of its programmes in the last year alone. It has designed apprenticeships, school-leaver programmes and appointed ambassadors to engage with schools.

Talent Champion Award



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