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Beaverbrooks Chairman hailed a ‘Legend at Variety Awards’

02 Oct 2018

Beaverbrooks’ Chairman has been presented with a ‘Legends of Industry Award’ by children’s charity, Variety, for his outstanding contribution to the jewellery retail industry.

Respected and admired across both the industry and the business world for his commercial and strategic acumen, Mark Adlestone, OBE DL FGA, was praised for his values of corporate philanthropy and for his exemplary leadership skills as he received his award.

Charity-figurehead Mark, who was awarded an OBE for his services to business and charity in the North of England in 2015, was also applauded for donating 20 per cent of Beaverbrooks’ retained profits annually, donating in excess of £12m to over 700 charities since the year 2000.

Recently presented with the award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Jewellery Industry’ and appointed Deputy Lieutenant for Greater Manchester in 2017, Mark actively encourages and empowers all 940+ Beaverbrooks employees to support charities either by fundraising or volunteering their time.

Recognised as ‘UK’s Best Leader’ by The Sunday Times no fewer than five times, under Mark’s leadership, Beaverbrooks has featured in The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For list for 15 consecutive years, and has been recognised as the most consistently exceptional three-star accredited employer in the UK.

Mark, who also dedicates one day a week to his charity and communal work, said: “What a great honour to receive such an accolade from the team at Variety, who work tirelessly to support disadvantaged, sick and disabled children in the North West.

“At Beaverbrooks we support hundreds of charities each year and charitable giving is very much a part of our company’s DNA. Our people are what make us so special and together we have achieved remarkable things over the past 12 months, and so I would like to dedicate this award to my Beaverbrooks Family.”

Lyn Staunton, Development Director Northwest - Variety, the Children’s Charity, said: “We are very proud to bestow upon Mark our prestigious Legend of Industry Award.

“Mark is being recognised for his outstanding achievements and his success as a great leader in the jewellery retail business. Variety has long identified Mark as a true Legend in his Industry and we are honoured that he agreed to accept the award.”

Mark was one of 10 ‘legends’ to receive the award on Thursday 20th September at The Hilton Manchester alongside Dame Kelly Holmes, Professor Phil Redmond CBE, Jimmy Tarbuck OBE, Wayne Sleep OBE, Bryan Robson OBE, Christopher Biggins, Andrew Geddes, Kate Adie CBE and The First Response Team - BTP Manchester Arena Bombing.

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