Sodexo has recognised the achievement of around 100 of its most outstanding customer-facing employees in its seventh annual Service Excellence Awards.

Cleaners, fitness instructors, helpdesk operators, gardeners, security officers, engineers, kitchen porters and customer service assistants from across Sodexo’s integrated facilities management business in the UK and Ireland were recognised for their dedication and hard work.

More than 200 employees attended the Service Excellence Awards, held on Wednesday (26 September) at Ascot Racecourse, where Sodexo holds the hospitality contract.

Regional chair Sean Haley and Sodexo ambassador Matt Dawson were accompanied on stage by Sodexo’s regional leadership committee members to recognise employees across 27 categories.

Sam Stacey, food service assistant at North Devon Hospital, won the Food Service Assistant of the Year award along with the coveted Kathy Ridgard Award, the overall winner on the day.

The award is presented in honour of Kathy Ridgard, formerly director of Sodexo’s Centre of Excellence before sadly losing her battle with cancer in February 2013.

Sean Haley, regional chairman of Sodexo UK and Ireland, said: “Over the years the Service Excellence Awards has grown significantly and highlights how our dedicated employees are delivering an ever more diverse range of services as our business grows. I’m always very humbled when I come to this event, seeing the commitment and loyalty of our teams across Sodexo. Our employees are central to delivering benefits to our clients and to our continued growth.”

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