BABC Houston honored leading companies for their impressive contributions to growing and enhancing trade, commerce, civic, philanthropic, and/or cultural relations between the United Kingdom and the United States.
Companies participating in the small to midsized business and large corporate categories were judged on revenue growth, job creation and annual capital expenditure in the UK and the US. The Consul General's award was based on philanthropic, cultural or charitable accomplishments aiding or developing the British-American community.
The 2012 winners in each of three categories is listed below along with a recap of their accomplishments:
Small to Mid-Sized Business Award - Xodus Group
Xodus Group employs more than 400 people globally and established its Houston operation in 2011, with plans for ambitious growth in the region. The independent consultancy plans to expand to 1,000 people by 2015 and is also actively seeking acquisition opportunities. Xodus has secured more than $2 million of contracts in Houston since last year and is delivering a range of projects showcasing its integrated expertise in asset integrity and subsea engineering.
Established in 2011, the Houston office has already secured over $2 million in contracts in the Gulf of Mexico, and more recently, secured a two-year preferred supplier agreement for pipeline services.
The company’s recruitment drive continues and it has invested $2 million in a move to new larger premises in Richmond Avenue in the city’s energy corridor. The firm now has 20 people in place and aims to have 40 by the end of 2012 and increase this to 80 within the first three years.
Large Corporate - Rackspace
Established in 1998, Rackspace is a San Antonio-headquartered managed data centre hosting company. They are known for their "fanatical support" and are regularly in the Times 100 top employers list. They recently launched their cloud offering in the UK and have over 10,000 customers already.
Rackspace has had a presence in the UK since 2007 providing 500 skilled jobs. In 2010 they decided to expand their presence by 100 in a brand new, 101,000 sq ft EMEA HQ in Hayes, UK.
Today, Rackspace expects considerable growth over the next 18 months and will require space for an extra 285 employees by 2013.
Consul General's Award for Corporate Social Responsibility - Apache Corp.
Apache Corporation, a Houston based independent oil and gas exploration and production company is involved in a variety of community activities and charities in the UK.
VSA is a charity based in Aberdeen. One of the projects they run is the Lin Moor Residential School which caters primarily for autistc children. VSA identified a need for a respite centre close to the school to house the children occasionally so the carers can have a break. Adjacent to the school was a derelict cottage, which the charity committee agreed to renovate. Mark Richardson, Apache Project Manager, volunteered to lead the project. Over two days the Apache volunteer “wrecking crew” got the job done, week ahead of schedule. VSA duly acknowledged Apache's contribution by awarding them the “James Logan Award for Outstanding Achievement”
Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres are a charity that is about empowering people to live with, through and beyond cancer by bringing together professional help, communities of support and building design to create exceptional centres for cancer care. The Monty’s Maggie’s Appeal was launched in June 2010 to raise £3million pounds to build a centre in Aberdeen (on the grounds of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary). In April 2011, Apache’s Bill Logan and Ed Smith came up with an industry initiative offshore and from the tobacco fund an amount of £120k was raised for local cancer charities. £60k was donated to a charity chosen by the offshore workers, CRANES (Cancer Research Aberdeen & North East Scotland) and another £60k was donated to Monty’s Appeal. Apache’s charity committee matched the 60k donation to Maggie’s making the total donated £120k in April 2011.
By day Apache’s Bob Watson is a completions engineer in the drilling department, by night he plays drums in the Portlethen and District Pipe band. The band is a charity which promotes pipe music at festivals and events across Scotland. In 2011 Apache continued their support of the band by providing funds for tuition for new and existing members.
Trellis is the national Scottish charity that supports, promotes, and develops the use of horticulture to improve health, well-being and life opportunities for all. In 2011 they approached Apache for funds to build a showcase garden at the Gardening Scotland. The Apache Garden won the bronze prize at the event, and as part of the agreement was re-located to The Ruthrieston House Old Peoples home in Aberdeen, where it was re-erected for their benefit.
The British-American Business Council Houston is a 501(c) 6 not for profit, membership driven organization promoting trade and investment between the UK and the US. It is a member of the larger British-American Business Council, Inc. with over 2,500 member companies in 23 business centers in the UK and US. For more information contact Becci Himes at 832-351-3940 or click here for website
The 2012 awards programme Presenting Sponsor was United Airlines. Platinum Sponsors were Wood Group PSN and Blue Atlas Marketing. Media Partner was the Houston Business Journal. Silver Sponsors were Dunbar Harder Immigration Solutions and Wood Mackenzie. In kind Sponsors included The Westin Houston Memorial City, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Hotel Granduca, U.S. Global Mail, Trademark Insurance, Trevor Eade, Kwik Kopy Memorial and HomeCorp Relocation.