Left – Right: Gareth Williams (Caplor Energy), John Garbutt (Kingspan), Herefordshire Council chairman Councillor Olwyn Barnett, Herefordshire Council vice chairman Councillor Chris Chappell, George Smith (Walford Timber) and Yana Childs (Cargill).
The winner of this year’s Herefordshire Diamond County Award was announced on Friday 24 May by Herefordshire Council chairman Councillor Olwyn Barnett.
The winner was Cargill in Hereford, who the judging panel felt epitomised the award for its exceptional range of local charitable work and the enormous voluntary contribution from its employees.
The finalists and ultimate winner were shortlisted from over 40 nominations by a judging panel of Neil Kerr, chairman of the Herefordshire Business Board, Philip Round, chief executive of Herefordshire Group Training Association and Paul Deneen, former chairman of Herefordshire Policing Board.
Councillor Olwyn Barnett, chairman of Herefordshire Council said: “I am delighted with the number of nominations we received from across the county and all four of our finalists are winners and all are outstanding for the contributions they make in their local communities.
“I am delighted to be able to award the first ever Diamond County Award to Cargill, for although an international company, the positive community work they perform in our county is exceptional. This award not only recognises the company, but also its employees who have volunteered an amazing 7,000 hours this year alone to support work in the community.
“I would like to congratulate our worthy finalists, Caplor Energy in Fownhope, Kingspan near Shobdon and Walford Timber near Ross-on-Wye and our overall winner, Cargill in Hereford for everything they do for us in our county.”
Yana Childs from Cargill, said: “We were delighted to receive this award as recognition of the tremendous passion and commitment of all our employees who are instrumental to the success of our community programme. At Cargill, we recognise that our continued success depends on the growth and health of the communities we operate in.
“In Hereford, we have a strong heritage of community involvement across a wide range of areas. We try to support projects which are not only close to our employees’ hearts but also fit within Cargill’s community focus areas of health and nutrition, education and the environment. Our community engagement is not just about financial donations but employee volunteering and we look forward to continuing to support the Hereford community moving forward.”