Two employees at Ageas in Eastleigh have won an Ageas Employee ‘Star Award’ after being nominated and selected out of 6,000 nationwide colleagues for their outstanding contribution to the Personal, Commercial and Protection insurance company. 

Elizabeth Barnes, who works in the Household Insurance Claims department, was chosen as the ‘Customer Hero’ Award winner for selflessly going above and beyond for an elderly customer, using her own personal time to ensure the customer’s insurance claim was progressed without any disturbance and settling it efficiently.

Sara Sullivan, an in-house lawyer at Ageas UK, won the ‘Greatest Contribution to Charity’ Award for the excellent and tireless work she contributes each year in supporting colleagues who create bottle hats as part of innocent's ‘the big knit’ campaign for key Ageas insurance partner Age UK. For every knitted hat sold on an innocent drink bottle, 25p is donated to Age UK to help keep thousands of older people across the UK warm and healthy during winter months. 
In its inaugural year, the internal annual employee awards programme was launched by Ageas’s Chief Executive Officer, Andy Watson, to honour the hard work and dedication displayed by individuals throughout the company. Elizabeth and Sara were selected from a total of 385 nominations received across the eleven UK sites, and were two of 17 ‘Star Award’ winners. 

Elizabeth and Sara were each awarded with a prize value of £5,000 and five extra days of annual leave.

Chris Yate, Jason Loftus and Carol Harris, also based in the Templars Way office, were recognised, too, as ‘Star Award’ employees, achieving ‘Highly Commended’ Awards in their respective ‘Most Outstanding Newcomer’ and ‘Most Can Do Attitude’ categories. Chris demonstrated exceptional added value and promise as a newcomer to the company, whilst Jason and Carol both displayed outstanding can-do attitudes in their roles. They were all awarded with a Red Letter Day voucher and an extra day of annual leave.

Andy Watson, Chief Executive Officer at Ageas UK said: ‘I had great pleasure announcing our Ageas ‘Star Award’ winners – it’s incredibly important to me to recognise and publicly appreciate those individuals who go the extra mile for our business and their colleagues. Each award winner should be extremely proud of their fantastic achievement. The amount of award nominations received was a true indication of how many of our employees are going above and beyond their role, each individually championing and making Ageas a great place to work.” 

Elizabeth Barnes further added: “The feeling of being recognised for something I do on a daily basis is amazing but winning £5000 and extra annual leave has been absolutely life changing for me and my family. I can not thank my colleagues enough for nominating me and to those who created the chance to be able to win such an award - thank you so much."

Commenting on her award win, Sara Sullivan, said: “I was quite overwhelmed by receiving this award, and our Big Knit contribution really reflects the great team spirit here, so many people give their time and skill each year producing thousands of hats.”

Winners from across the UK offices received their awards from Andy at a special lunch to mark the occasion.