The company published a statement on its website yesterday (13 February), stating: "Those UBM award events which are closely aligned with communities served by UBM businesses – such as the Building, Food Ingredients and Chemist & Druggist Awards – continue to be operated by the relevant UBM division and will now be run by the local divisional team.
"The National Business Awards will now operate as part of the UBM Live portfolio while awards events which are unrelated to the communities served by other UBM businesses, such as National Sales Awards and the National Cake Awards, will be discontinued."
A spokesperson confirmed that managing director of UBM Awards, Caroline Jackson Levy, has left the company. She joined UBM in 2005 and has held the MD position since 2009.
Jackson Levy was unavailable for comment at the time of going to press, however, a blog post published on 9 February on her self-titled blog read: "Last week, after nine years I left my comfortable job in a comfortable corporate and here I sit with my red raffia box and another badge, metaphorical but no less potent, now redundant, to be put aside along with so many others."
UBM said: "Following completion of a formal employee consultation process, a number of the UBM Awards & Partnerships team are taking up roles within UBM but regrettably a number of others have now left the business. We thank them for their efforts and wish them all success for the future."
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