GIG’s global operations director, Bonnie May has been shortlisted in the Lockdown Leader category of the prestigious National Business Women’s Awards 2020 for the impressive leadership skills she has shown throughout the pandemic. As a member of GIG’s senior management, Bonnie has been integral to ensuring that the business has been able to respond accordingly to the challenges it has faced.

From securing contracts with GIG’s local NHS trust, supporting them in their fight against the pandemic and the Dragon’s Heart temporary hospital in Cardiff, to slowly returning TV production, sports and performances, the safety of her team and clients was the priority. This meant quickly and strategically planning the delivery of contracts.

GIG was ready with an adapted catering service to ensure that it could still deliver for its clients. Bonnie and her team now regularly deliver grazing boxes, hot and cold meal boxes to clients, these are prepared in their kitchen and then delivered without contact.

In addition, the busines relocated to purpose-built premises to Aston Clinton, a plan set in motion long before the Covid-19 outbreak. These have recently been awarded with a COVID-SAFER UK quality mark by Safer Assured, following the compliance process managed by Bonnie.

Bonnie has also tirelessly supported the local community, from rewarding the incredible work of NHS staff and keyworkers, 250 slices of cake were delivered to them following a Clap for our Carers; 100 veterans received a cream tea on VE Day 75, including 97 year old Jimmy James, who flew a Spitfire during the Second World War and food has regularly been donated to a local charity night initiative, Big Friday Night Takeaway.

Professionally, Bonnie has been a regular supporter of the #WEMAKEEVENTS initiative which seeks to highlight the impact on the pandemic on events and lack of government support; participated in industry podcasts and webinars and a personal highlight was being shortlisted as Foodservice Caterer of the Year at the prestigious Catey Awards.

The National Business Women’s Awards are made up of 20 categories and strive to raise the profile of industrious, hardworking and enterprising business women throughout the UK. At the 2019 awards Bonnie won both the Veuve Cliquot International Women’s Award and Overall Winner on the night.


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