Over 170 employees and guests across our businesses joined us for our 2017 Christmas Party at the new Solent University Spark Building in Southampton, which was decorated in an Enchanted Forest theme, with snowflakes floating down the walls, green lighting and wintery props and accessories, including a giant white unicorn surrounded by Christmas trees in the centre of the room.
The party started off with a speech by Chief Operating Officer, Steve Clasby, as he provided an overview of the business successes in 2017 and thanked employees, past and present over the past year. Four individuals were also recognised for exemplifying our core values (Passion. Responsibility. Engagement.) within the workplace, having been nominated by their teams and colleagues and they received a John Lewis gift voucher and wooden plaque. They were:
Passion – Tom Weeks, Customer Service Supervisor (Raymond Brown Distribution)
Responsibility – Vanessa Smith, Shift Manager (Raymond Brown Waste Solutions)
Engagement – Stephen Hall, Driver (Raymond Brown Waste Solutions)
One individual, Karl Reed, stood out across all three areas, with some outstanding nominations for his efforts at the A303 IBA Processing Facility: Karl Reed, Site Supervisor (Fortis IBA)
All employees were given the opportunity to win a day of paid annual leave in our infamous ‘Heads and Tails’ game and congratulations to Justin Ebbutt (Site Manager at Nursling Recycling Facility), whose wife, Rebecca, won it on his behalf.
Attendees received favours in the form of an antler bottle opener for the men and a snowflake bottle stop for the women, along with an array of Hotel Chocolat treats in crackers on the tables.
After a three course meal of chicken terrine or soup, beef or vegetable wellington and a chocolate tart or cheese and biscuits, the teas and coffees with chocolate-covered turkish delight treats were served up on top of the red pod that sits suspended in the venue above the atrium.
Throughout the evening, employees and their guests were able to explore the impressive venue, wager with their funny money at the three casino tables, have their photos taken in the inflatable LED Photo Booth (on the following pages), snap themselves in the Enchanted Selfie Area and dance the night away to the DJ.
Thank you to all who attended for a brilliant evening.