Multi-disciplinary design practice, rg+p, which has offices in Leicester and London, has been named the 2019 Leicester Mercury Business Awards Company of the Year.
Announced in front of more than 650 of the city’s professionals at a ceremony last week (11th April), rg+p’s team was presented with the award by sponsor and judge, Janine Edwards of Janine Edwards Wealth Management. Measuring financial information and sales growth, new opportunities, quality improvements, international activity, corporate social responsibility and contribution to industry, Company of the Year is considered the top prize of the evening.
Janine said: “As you might expect, this category was hotly contested, and we had some great companies make submissions. rg+p’s entry immediately drew our attention; they were working on some interesting projects within Leicester and also had a number of initiatives in place to help employees, trainees and the wider community. After meeting them, I felt they had a fresh and innovative approach to everything they do and they were worthy winners. Congratulations to all the team.”
Now in their 7th year, the Leicester Mercury Business Awards highlight the top performing businesses within the city and county, especially those that are making a positive contribution. rg+p, which is based at Waterloo House in the city, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and the influence of its architects can be seen on the city’s skyline, at Abbey Park, London Road, New Walk, Western Road and more recently, at the £85m Ashton Green sustainable urban extension scheme and the restoration of the former Fenwick department store.
Speaking on the night, director Rob Woolston said: “This is a complete surprise but we are absolutely thrilled. It’s a testament to our hard-working team that we’re the winners of this award and we’re exceptionally proud of our contribution to Leicester and Leicestershire.”
Director, James Badley added: “We’re involved in a number of high-profile developments in and around the city and county at the moment and feel that the best way to invest in your home city is to use the people and businesses around you. Winning this award, especially in our 40th year, is a significant endorsement of our commitment to Leicester and we’re confident it will act as a catalyst for our business expansion.”
In addition to its architectural services, rg+p’s expertise also encompasses place making & urban design, project management & cost consultancy, planning consultancy, health & safety consultancy and land and property.
“We’re anticipating an exciting year in terms of growth, as we look to relocate our London office to larger premises adjacent Kings Cross St Pancras and open a Birmingham office in the summer,” added director, Mitch Dale. “Being recognised as Company of the Year will undoubtedly help this and attract new professionals to join the team; we’re very much looking forward to the future for rg+p.”