Gareth attends Learning Shop Awards at Bluewater


The second annual Bluewater Learning Shop Awards ceremony took place today. Gareth, who attended the event last year paid tribute to the work of the Learning Shop.

The awards 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.

David Gleed, Dave Keogh, Robert Goodman, Jeremy Kite, Gareth Johnson, and Joanne Webster (owner of Webster’s Pen Shop) presented a total of nine individual awards and the 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

Commenting on the awards, Robert Goodman, Bluewater’s General Manager, said on behalf of The Learning Shop’s partners: “Each year we recognise companies and individuals that have made an exceptional difference to others through The Learning Shop, or who are an inspiration to everyone seeking a career within the retail and hospitality industry.  These awards, however, are particularly special as they coincide with our fifteenth anniversary, which is celebrating the people and community that make Bluewater so successful.”

“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.”

Gareth Johnson MP for Dartford added: “Firstly I would like to congratulate everyone who has won an award, from the individuals, to Bluewater’s retailers and restaurants.  Their commitment, hard work and success are an example to us all and I am proud to be part of this ceremony.

“Thank you to all the partners involved too; your combined efforts make a real difference to the community, which is why The Bluewater Learning Shop is used as an example by the government on a national level.”