Queen Street Branch

3 July 2015

Principality strikes gold again at Arts and Business Cymru Awards

Principality Building Society struck gold at the 2015 Arts and Business Cymru Awards after winning two awards.

Wales’ largest building society won the Arts, Business & Brand Identity Award for the fifth consecutive year this time for extending its partnership with Only Boys Aloud to north Wales while the Society’s Geoff Barber won Business Adviser of the Year for his work as a board member of Beyond the Border Storytelling Festival.

Geoff was brought onto the board as a trustee and treasurer of the charity in April 2013 to provide business acumen, practical experience of business planning as well as practical financial knowledge.

Geoff, from Principality’s business intelligence team, said: “I am absolutely thrilled to win this award, not just for myself but for everyone at Beyond the Border and I hope that I continue to provide a useful contribution for the charity so that it can grow further and continue to capture the imaginations of all those that encounter it.”

The Arts and Business Cymru Awards come just a week after Principality was named Wales’ responsible business of the year in 2015 at the 2015 Business in the Community (BITC) Cymru Awards.
Steve Hughes, Principality’s Group Finance Director, said: “We are delighted to win the Arts and Business Cymru awards just a week after being named Wales’ responsible business 2015 for our work in Welsh communities and the borders. 

“Geoff has made a fantastic contribution to Beyond the Border and Only Boys Aloud continues to support one of Wales’ oldest traditions but it also provides once in a lifetime opportunities for young men in Wales, breaking down social barriers and increasing access to the arts.

“Principality is proud to be at the heart of our communities throughout Wales and the borders and we will continue to give opportunities to those that need it most through our wide-ranging community outreach programmes.”

Rachel Jones, chief executive of A&B Cymru, said: "The calibre of entrants at this year’s award was exceptional and highlighted the ever growing number of innovative collaborations between businesses and the arts across Wales.

“In today’s climate, business support is more important than ever before to the sustainability and health of the arts sector. Our annual awards is a prime opportunity to raise the profile of the impact that true creative partnership can have.

“We have seen some incredibly inspiring collaborations at this year’s awards and hopefully this will encourage even more partnerships going forward.”

Published: 03/07/2015