BRITWEEK INNOVATION AWARDS
CELEBRATES THE VERY BEST OF BRITISH AND AMERICAN CREATIVITY AND ENTREPRENEURIAL TALENT.
BritWeek Innovation Awards that took place Friday, May 4 at the Fairmont Hotel in Santa Monica.
The evening demonstrated the best of Britain, opening with a cocktail reception, featuring British food and drink vendors as well as a technology showcase. Following this reception, the awards will feature tribute videos and globally recognized leaders in the creative industries. This year's recipients include: Multi-Michelin Star Chef and Star of the FOX series "MasterChef Junior," "Hell's Kitchen" and "24 Hours To Hell And Back," Gordon Ramsay, Founder of the Huffington Post and Founder and CEO of Thrive Global, Arianna Huffington, Co-Founder of the meditation App Headspace, Andy Puddicombe, and Founder of Red Nose Day, Richard Curtis. On this special evening, the recipients of the Innovation Award will tell the story of innovation and excellence to illustrate what happens when the best and brightest from both sides of the Atlantic unite.
"I've been incredibly fortunate to build my business and raise a family in the UK, and also call the US our home, so really honored to be included in BritWeek celebrating the innovative and dynamic relationship between our two countries," stated Ramsay.
Gordon and Tana Ramsay at The BritWeek Innovation Awards
"Thrive Global's mission is to end the global epidemic of stress and burnout, and a global crisis demands a global solution. Being recognized by BritWeek is a sign that everything we're doing is having a real impact," said Huffington. "And it's particularly special to me given that the U.K. and California have both played such special roles in my life."
"I'm thrilled that the work we do at Headspace is being recognised in this special way. As a company founded in Britain and now thriving in California, I can't think of a more fitting occasion to celebrate our Anglo-American story than at Britweek," said Puddicombe. "It's also very heartening to see the conversation about mental health and wellbeing elevated in this way, an acknowledgement that we are happier and healthier when we take the time to look after our mind, not only for ourselves, but also for those around us."
"It is a huge honour for Red Nose Day to be recognized in this way. After 30 years of Red Nose Day in the UK, we're now in our fourth year in the US and have raised over $100 million and — what matters most — been able to get help and support to over 8 million children across America and around the world," said Richard Curtis, award-winning writer-director and founder of Red Nose Day. "We've got great charity partners and we're doing everything we can to keep kids healthy, educated and safe. It's been genuinely amazing to see how Americans have taken to Red Nose Day and, with luck and hard work, it'd be wonderful if we can achieve what we've tried to do in the UK: show people how hard other people's lives can be, but also convince them that there's something all of us can do about that — and that making changes in the world can be fun. It's a weird, worrying but also still a wonderful world."
Image featured: Maria Menounos and Nigel Lythgoe at The BritWeek Innovation Awards