The Best of Bolton and Bury Honoured at Awards
Friday, 21 June 2013
The best of local businesses took top honours at the eighth Bolton and Bury Business Awards, and Bolton School were proud to be a sponsor of the for the fourth year running.
The School once again sponsored the Young Person/Apprentice of the Year category which was presented to 17 year old Dean Todd from A1 Mirrors at the ceremony. The awards were held at the De Vere Whites Hotel at the Reebok Stadium and were attended by 500 guests who were entertained by Bolton School Jazz Band along with female singers the Sirens. Host for the evening was Norman Prince who introduced the joint-headline sponsors, Bolton Council and The University of Bolton. Two apprentices from MBDA Missiles spoke about the importance of apprenticeships before the main event of the night.
The event recognises and rewards the achievements of companies in both towns, looking for businesses or individuals who make a vital contribution to the local economy. There are 11 award categories covering every facet of business achievement and enterprise. Dean was given his award in recognition of the significant progress he has achieved in bolstering his motivation and responsibility since joining the company over 18 months ago, turning his life around to become a model and very focused employee. Specific training, along with Dean’s determination to change his life, has seen him fulfil all the challenges set to him on a work and personal level. After starting as a packer, he learned other vital elements of the business and has recently been appointed factory supervisor. Four months ago he was also named Apprentice of the Year at Bury College, where he studied while training and has been entered for the National Apprentice Awards.
Praising Dean’s contribution to the company, sales director Richard Adams said the teenager brought “a calm atmosphere to a high pressured environment” and considers him to be the backbone of the company’s operations. After accepting his award, Dean said: “I didn’t expect to win this. It’s come as a real shock to me. I want to thank Richard Adams who has helped me so much since I joined the company. Before then, I just didn’t know what to do with my life.”
Headmistress of Bolton School Girls' Division, Miss Sue Hincks, said: "Once again Bolton School is proud to sponsor this award. We feel it is important that successful young people in the workplace are recognised and rewarded for their endeavours. As we know from the career paths of many of our former students, young people can offer incredible dedication and innovation when they enter the business world. They also serve as excellent role models to their peers and people within the company. In many ways the category reflects our own mission of educating and sending out people into the world who have talent and self-belief and who will make a difference for good.”