The inaugural event was organised by multimedia publishing company ERP Today so that the ERP community could unite to show its support and appreciation for those who have been on the frontline during the pandemic, to recognise excellence across the industry, and raise money to support the NHS, with the £100,000 raised from ticket sales and donations.
As the event’s local hospital, staff of Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust – which provides NHS hospital services for people across Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey and South Buckinghamshire – were given the chance to enter a ballot for 100 complimentary VIP tickets to the ERP event.
The 100 lucky winners included both clinical and non-clinical staff from the Trust, who joined senior NHS officials and invited VIP guests at the Awards Lunch, when editor and founder of ERP Today, Paul Esherwood, presented the £100,000 cheque to Ellie Orton OBE, the CEO of NHS Charities Together.
The Awards ceremony formed part of the one-day outdoor ERP Today event, which had more than 1000 guests from business and the NHS, who took part in competitive events.
Accepting the cheque, Ellie Orton OBE of NHS Charities Together, said: "I want to say a huge thank you to ERP Today, the companies that have attended the ERP Awards event today, and to everyone who has helped raise so much money for our appeal. NHS staff, volunteers and patients have been through so much since the Covid crisis started, and it makes such a difference knowing there are so many generous people out there doing what they can to support them."
Matt Joint, Director of People at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, said:
Esherwood said: "It is a great privilege that we have been able to bring the ERP community together to support the NHS and I am very grateful to all our sponsors and partners. This event marks the start of a multi-year partnership between ERP Today and NHS Charities Together and we look forward to supporting the NHS and the charity for many years to come with this unique awards event format.
The ERP Awards and Fundraiser was supported by 20 of the world’s leading technology companies: Accenture, Acumatica, Advanced, Automation Anywhere, Capgemini, Deloitte, Embridge Consulting, Epicor, EY, IFS, Infor, Oracle, QAD, Sage, Salesforce, SAP, SUSE, Syniti, Unit4, and Workday.