Awards Nominations open and Headline Sponsor announced

Submitted by Amelia O'Hanlon | 19/10/2016

To celebrate the opening of nominations for the second annual Making the Difference Awards, the Vertas Group is excited to announce McCain Foods as the 2017 headline sponsor.

The supplier-funded awards create an opportunity for colleagues within the Vertas Group to be recognised for their ongoing commitment to the company. We are searching out those across the business who are going above and beyond the call of duty; whilst improving processes, driving forward client and customer satisfaction and demonstrating innovation within their roles.

The event; which is entirely funded by our local supply partners will take place on Friday 3rd March 2017 in the Sir Bobby Robson suite at Ipswich Town Football Club.

There are ten categories open for all Vertas Group colleagues; whether they’re a Groundsman, School Food Service Assistant, Cleaner, Property Advisor or Gas Engineer we want to hear about your local heroes! The categories for the 2017 event are as follows:

Employee of the Year

Our staff are our primary asset in delivering service excellence – this award is designed to recognise the significant contribution that an individual has made to the Vertas Group, its clients and customers.

Team of the Year

We are looking for teams that have demonstrably gone the extra mile to improve the way they work, for example; to champion client satisfaction or deliver improved service standards.


Without innovation we will never move forward. Recognising the vital importance that innovative ideas and creativity play in the Vertas Group – these innovations can be product or service based.

Going the Extra Mile

This award recognises an individual who has gone above and beyond in the course of their work to provide service excellence or firm support to colleagues.

Customer 1st

This award recognises a member of our team that has provided exceptional customer and / or client service over a sustained period of time and who has demonstrated a ‘customer first’ culture.


Sustainability is one of Vertas Group’s core values because not only is it the right thing to do for our planet and our environment, it can have business efficiency benefits too. This award recognises where ‘sustainability’ has been put at the heart of our Vertas way of working.

Colleagues Champion

This award recognises a Vertas employee who has consistently supported work colleagues and is always there to help others.

Inspiring Leaders

This award recognises our Inspiring leaders who develop and motivate their teams to deliver service excellence in their chosen speciality.

Specialist of the Year

This award seeks to reward and recognise our service specialists who innovate and develop their area of expertise for the benefit of the Vertas Group, its clients and customers.

Lifetime Achievement

This accolade is to recognise a member of our team who has consistently strived to develop their service area, team and add value to the organisation in its many guises.

Ian Surtees, Vertas Group Limited’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), said:

“Following the success of our inaugural Making the Difference Awards earlier this year, we are very excited to be able to begin planning our second celebration event.

“Our colleagues work tirelessly day in, day out to ensure excellent service delivery. The awards ceremony presents the opportunity to showcase the real stars within the Vertas Group and celebrate their career successes.

“I would warmly encourage our clients, customers, colleagues and all those who work with the Vertas Group to recognise these dedicated ones and nominate now!

“A huge thank you goes out to McCain Foods and our other supply partners for funding the awards evening – it would not be possible without their support.”

Peter Elflain, McCain Foods’ Business Manager, said:

“Having sponsored The Lifetime Achievement Category in 2016, we have taken the headline sponsorship this year. Giving caterers recognition for the amazing work they do on a daily basis is hugely important to us as a business, and last year’s awards, the first ever, was a great success.

“Having enjoyed forging a successful partnership with Vertas, working closely with them to provide the right products and insight to support their business needs, it was an easy decision to take part in the awards again this year.

“We look forward to continuing our close working relationship with Vertas to achieve mutual goals for both businesses.”

To find out more about the 2017 awards and how to get involved, please visit

The Awards are open to all colleagues within the Vertas Group, including its subsidiary companies; Verse Facilities Management, IEM Caterquip, Easilife Cleaning Services and recently acquired Snackpax Distribution.

To make your nomination visit


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