Bluewater’s learning shop celebrates achievement

Published:  01 April, 2014

The second annual Bluewater Learning Shop Awards celebrated outstanding achievements and commitment from individuals, retailers and restaurants at Bluewater

The awards were attended by more than 50 people; representing Bluewater’s retailers, local community groups, and organisations such as Kent Police. Guests included the Mayor of Dartford, Patsy Thurlow; Jeremy Kite, Leader of Dartford Borough Borough Council; Gareth Johnson, MP for Dartford and Pete Searle, strategy director at Department of Work and Pensions.

The awards, which recognised individuals, retailers and restaurants at Bluewater that have made an exceptional difference to others through their work with The Learning Shop, Bluewater’s on-site recruitment and training facility. Individual award winners were:

• Young Achiever – Carly-Anne Addison of Krispy Kreme

• Adult Achiever – Michael Grant of Comptoir Libanais

• Employer of the Year –The Entertainer

• Collaboration Award – The Perfume Shop

• Community Award – Tempur

• Partnership Award – Comptoir Libanais

• 15 Years of Collaborative Working -John Lewis, Marks and Spencer, House of Fraser

• Outstanding Achievement – Aaron Taylor

• Special Recognition Award – Thelma Huntley

Robert Goodman, Bluewater’s General Manager, said: “The Learning Shop has made a huge difference to tens of thousands of people since 1999. The key to its success is the partnership that exists between Bluewater, North West Kent College, JobCentre Plus, our retailers and the wider community. This is a very proud day for everyone involved either individually or as a team. We look forward to what we can achieve in the next fifteen years.”

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