Beaverbrooks’ chairman Mark Adlestone has been presented with a ‘Legends of Industry Award’ by children’s charity, Variety, for his outstanding contribution to the jewellery retail industry.
Mr Adlestone, whose firm runs 90 stores around the UK, was praised for his values of corporate philanthropy and for his exemplary leadership skills as he received his award.
The charity-figurehead Mark was also applauded for donating 20% of Beaverbrooks’ retained profits annually, donating in excess of £12m to over 700 charities since the year 2000.
He is known to actively encourage and empower 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 Mr Adlestone’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.
Mr Adlestone, who also dedicates one day a week to his charity and communal work, said it was a “great honour” to receive such an accolade from a charity that works 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,” he said.
Lyn Staunton, development director northwest at Variety, said: “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.”
Mr Adlestone was one of 10 ‘legends’ to receive the award at The Hilton Manchester alongside Dame Kelly Holmes, Professor Phil Redmond, Jimmy Tarbuck, Wayne Sleep, Bryan Robson, Christopher Biggins, Andrew Geddes, Kate Adie and The First Response Team – BTP Manchester Arena Bombing.