Community Partnership Awards (CPA)

Be the Best - Enter the new FDF Awards in 2013!

The winners were announced at an awards ceremony held at Shakespeare's Globe, London on 24 October 2012.

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FDF's Community Partnership Awards are an established and integral part of our annual activity, allowing us to recognise and celebrate the tremendous contribution the UK food and drink sector makes to the economy and to the many different communities in which it operates.

This year we have made 25 gold, silver, bronze and highly commended awards from another record number of entries, including those to the new 'Export Success of the Year', 'Growing Business of the Year' and 'Developing Skills for the Future ' categories developed in recognition of the leadership being shown by companies in these areas.

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Awards categories 2012

The Community Partnership Awards categories reflect the key areas of relevance to the food and drink sector.

Companies are welcome to submit more than one entry in any category, however, each entry must be submitted separately.

Apprentice of the year

You are invited to nominate an apprentice who has shown continuous progress in their work and studies or who has made an outstanding contribution to the business through a one-off project.

Those nominated should be undertaking their apprenticeship at the time of nomination.

The nomination can be made by a line manager, HR representative or college tutor.


Entrants to this category will show how their company is engaging positively with schools - from primary, though to secondary, college and university level.

Community Partnership category educationNominations could be for a one-off event, an ongoing contribution to lessons or extra curricular school activities.

This can include: programmes designed to give students real-life experience of the world of work and partnerships with schools that support the national curriculum.

Entries can be made for both national and local initiatives.

Apprenticeships and other educational initiatives that are specific to the workplace should be nominated within the Apprentices or Good Employer categories.

Environmental leadership

We welcome entries from companies that could meet either one of the two criteria below:Community Partnership category environment

  1. Many companies have successfully reduced their carbon, water use and waste through individual initiatives. This year, we are looking for companies that have really embedded sustainability throughout their product's/company business plan, from customer use right through to use and disposal.

  2. Sustainability is becoming a wider issue than water, carbon and packaging. We are looking for examples companies that have taken important steps to consider much wider impacts that are not exclusive to their operations– for example biodiversity

Export success of the year

Helping food companies grow and remain competitive is one of FDF's key themes for 2012. We have been celebrating industry's export success via our biannual reports for some time, and would like to recognise this further by awarding companies that are pushing boundaries.

Nominations could be for companies tapping into new markets, creating targeted products, developing new exports strategies or growing sales significantly in established markets.

All entries must cover successfully traded goods over the last two years.

Good employer

We are looking for examples of why your company is a great place to work. You may offer an innovative employee support package; a unique approach to team building; excellent benefits or go 'above and beyond' in designing a flexible working approach.

Any nominations must specifically benefit your company's employees.

Health and wellbeing initiatives should be nominated under the Health and Wellbeing category. Training initiatives should be nominated under skills.

Growing business of the year

With 20% growth predicted by 2020, food manufacturing is an expanding industry. We are looking for nominations from companies that can demonstrate how they have successfully grown their business during 2011.

Growth could be through increased domestic and export market sales; capacity and resource expansion or developing new and innovative product lines. We are particularly keen for entries from small and medium sized enterprises.

Growth generated solely through exports should be nominated in the exports category.

Health & wellbeing

This is one of FDF's key priority areas, aiming to make a positive difference to the health of the nation. CPA workplace wellbeing

Entries in this category can include product reformulation and the development of healthier products, workplace wellbeing initiatives, sponsorship of health related activities and any other initiative that aims to encourage increased exercise or healthier lifestyles, both for staff and for consumers.

Local community

Entrants to this category must demonstrate how your company makes a positive difference to improve the welfare of your immediate local community. Community partnership awards category for community

Nominations can include activities that support specific elements of a local community such as the elderly or socially disadvantaged. They can also include activities that support the whole local community such as regeneration projects.

Developing skills for the future

With a shortfall of 137,000 employees expected in the industry by 2017, we are actively working on developing a pipeline of talent for the future. This category recognises company innovation and success in recruiting, developing skills and retaining talent.

Nominations for this category can include people and training strategies, innovative recruitment or retention campaigns, apprenticeship and graduate programmes and initiatives to up-skill existing staff and managers. We also welcome any nominations specifically focused on youth employment.

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Last reviewed: 08 Dec 2016