The Spirit of Sodexo Awards and Long Service Awards for 2023 shone a well-deserved spotlight on the company’s employees on the island of Ireland with accolades in several categories. These award ceremonies are the highlight of the company calendar and took place over two days in Liverpool, with a combined total of 700 people in attendance from all over Ireland and the UK.

At the Spirit of Sodexo Awards, guest hosted by well-known broadcaster Vernon Kay, employees of the corporate services division in Ireland won the Spirit of Sodexo: Positive Impact Award. It was presented for their work in supporting local community projects and the company’s charity partners, including A Lust for Life, Open Doors and Focus Ireland, with the division having greatly surpassed their fundraising and volunteering targets for the year.

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Above:(left to right): David Fox managing director; Sodexo Ireland; Susan Creedon, brand and comms manager, Deirdre Saunders, divisional director; Catherine O’Brien, human resources director  and Billy Perkins, divisional director, accepting the Spirit of Sodexo: Positive Impact Award on behalf of the corporate services division in Ireland.

Employee Alexandra McDougall, based in Northern Ireland, scooped the Spirit of Progress: Living our Values Award. Alexandra was recognised as a shining example in respect of her work ethic, her support to co-workers and her drive for excellence in health and safety.

The Long Service Awards recognises employees with more than two decades of service and with 40 years to her name, Pamela Porter, who is a Service Excellence Manager for Sodexo in Northern Ireland, topped the list of 19 long-serving employees on the island of Ireland in 2023. They joined other colleagues from across the region for a celebration that included sightseeing and a gala dinner with Sean Haley, CEO of Sodexo UK and Ireland. 

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Above: Long Service recipient Pamela Porter, service excellence manager for Sodexo in Northern Ireland with Sean Haley, CEO, Sodexo UK and Ireland


David Fox, managing director, Sodexo Ireland said:

People are at the heart of Sodexo and our business relies upon the talented individuals who provide our customers and clients with exceptional service every day.

The Long Service and Spirit of Sodexo Awards are a fantastic opportunity to show our appreciation to our people by recognising how much we value their hard work, dedication and contribution towards the growth and success of our business over the years.

At Sodexo we are committed to ensuring our colleagues feel like they belong and are valued, where they can act with purpose and thrive in their career with us.

Sodexo in Ireland is part of the global Sodexo Group, a world leader in delivering services that improve the quality of life to clients in business and industry, education, financial, pharma and healthcare. These include food services, infrastructure build, facilities and estate management, optimising the workplace experience, wellness experiences, personal and homecare services. It employs around 2,100 people on the island of Ireland.


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