Ken McArthur, Owner of Polly Annas Nursery and an active childcare campaigner for more than ten
years, was voted by his colleagues as the most influential person in childcare in 2016.
The Top Business Index winner chosen by a panel of independent judges was The Co-operative Childcare. The judges were particularly impressed by the huge EBITDA increases over the last two years. When collecting the Award, CEO Mike Abbott attributed their success to teamwork and a focus on quality. He said that, for Co-operative, a Good Ofsted rating was almost a disappointment because an Outstanding rating was their constant objective.
Five inspirational finalists were also recognised for the outstanding contribution they made to their local nurseries and communities.
The NMT Top 20 (2016) awards were presented at a glittering Awards Night held on the panoramic 31st floor of the Barclays HQ in Canary Wharf and were organised by NMT magazine , sponsored by Barclays and partnered by Connect Childcare, The Consortium Early Years, eylog and dot2dot.
The purpose of the annual NMT Top 20 is to discover, recognise and reward the people and businesses who are most influential within the whole sector. Dr Richard Hawkins, Editor-in-Chief, NMT said the event was a huge success. ’ We are very proud of the nursery sector and the many outstanding people who work within it offering superb care to such important members of our communities. NMT Nursery Top 20 recognises the people and businesses that are really driving the sector forward and offers them an opportunity to share and spread their positive influence to a wider audience.
‘We look forward to recognising many more brilliant people and businesses in the childcare sector within NMT Nursery Top 20 next year’.
NMT Nursery Top 20 Winners:
Nursery Top 10 Most Influential Winner:
Ken McArthur, Owner of Polly Annas Nursery
Runners up were:
Linda Baston Pitt, Managing Director of The Old School House Nursery
Catriona Nason, CEO of NEyTCO
Nursery Top 5 Business Index Winner:
NMT Nursery Top 20 Finalists:
NMT Nursery Top 10 Most Influential 2016
Some people are making a huge difference to the Under 5s childcare/early years sector. Every year NMT magazine, supported by Barclays, wish to discover, recognise and reward the 10 people who are most influential within the whole sector, including all aspects of childcare provision, training and development, education, business and finance, and organisational support.
Mike Abbott, The Co-operative Childcare
Linda Baston-Pitt, The Old School House Nursery
Samantha Britton, Mon Ami Nurseries
Katie Landreth, The Natural Childcare Company Limited
Ken McArthur, Polly Annas Nursery
Susan McGhee, BNG Training Ltd
Catriona Nason, NEyTCO
Kate Peach, Each Peach Childcare
Sarah Steel, The Old Station Nursery
John Warren, Fennies Day Nurseries Ltd
NMT Nursery Top 5 Most Inspirational 2016
Some people are making a huge difference to the Under 5s childcare/early years sector at a local level. NMT magazine, supported by Barclays, wish to discover, recognise and reward 5 people who are inspirational within their own organisation and/or community. We are searching for exceptional local people who are making a significant difference to the children within their care and their parents, and are an inspiration to the people who work round them.
Carolynn Fletcher, Swineshead Pre School Centre
Jean Hudson, Queensborough community Nursery (London Early Years Foundation – LEYF)
Rachael Lyons, Elmscot Group
Sarah Mackenzie, Childbase Partnership
Diane Wycherley, Tops Day Nurseries
NMT Nursery Top 5 Business Index 2016
Some Nursery Businesses are enjoying exceptional financial and business success. We would like to recognise the top 5 most successful businesses. Only businesses with 5 or more settings are eligible for this Award.
Asquith Day Nurseries and Pre-school
Fennies Day Nurseries Ltd
Hungry Caterpillar Day Nurseries Ltd
Portico Nursery Group
The Co-operative Childcare
The panel of three independent judges included Ian Murchie, Relationship Director of Barclays Healthcare and Education Team, Purnima Tanuku, Chief Executive of National Day Nurseries Association and Inez Murray, Previous Owner of Four Seasons Nurseries in Glasgow.
Note: Ian Murchie was not part of the panel for the Top 5 Business Index category
The four commercial partners were Connect Childcare, The Consortium Early Years, dot2dot, and eylog