Business Leaders Celebrate ‘Amazing People’ Created on 09/11/2011 10:06:00
An exceptional variety of representatives from across Portsmouth’s business community gathered at The Langstone Hotel to celebrate the Education Business Partnership’s annual ‘Amazing People Awards’.
Photo : (left to right)
Seated Infront: Year 11 students from Purbrook Park School who won the EBP’s ‘Ultimate Challenge Winners 2011’: Joseph Borsley, Sarah Crowder-Johnson, Lilia Gibbons, Zahrah Goolam-Mahomed, Matty Norris and Michael Whiting.
Middle Row: Louise Soloman (Year 11 from Springfield School who won the EBP’s ‘Ultimate Work Experience Student’) Vicky George & Elaine Burnet (Little Learners Daycare), Laura Ruck & Rachael Baker (Pfizer), Lady Carol Musgrave (Barn Farm) Heidi Southwell (Warings) and Clint Marsh (Langstone Hotel)
Back Row: Sharyn Kent (Solent Hotel) Richard Solly (Verisona Solicitors) Ian Limb (Portsmouth Water Company) Gary Medlow (Fasset) Jeremy Thomas (Portsmouth Grammar School) and Nicola Beausseron (Warings).
Over 140 leaders of local businesses, schools and colleges were present to celebrate their collaborative achievements in working with the Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Education Business Partnership to help prepare young people for the world of work.
The gala dinner, hosted by The Langstone Hotel and sponsored by companies including IBM and 1000 Lakeside, was held to recognise the opportunities that the local business community had provided young people in the area with.
Chief Executive, Cath Longhurst, opened the event by announcing that, despite the recent cuts in funding and present economic climate, the EBP had maintained a strong position to continue its work and thanked all those present for their support and commitment to the organisation.
Awards for ‘Outstanding Contributions to the EBP’ by small, medium and large businesses were won by outdoor educational centre Barn Farm, property management company Fasset for its work with Havant Academy’s LEAP project and pharmaceutical company Pfizer, which has supported numerous activities to promote both studies and career aspirations in science.
‘It is a great feeling to get recognition for the work we have done pioneering the Learn, Excel, Aspire Programme,’ said Gary Medlow, Managing Director of Fasset. ‘Despite being busy people in demanding jobs, our team has found the time to work with the children at Havant Academy and have very much enjoyed the experience.’
Portsmouth Water Company was recognised for its provision of apprenticeships and presented its award by the Mayor of Havant, Councillor Ken Smith who is using his year in office to promote the importance and value of such valuable work placements.
Little Learners Daycare was awarded for its commitment to offering work experience opportunities and Warings collected an accolade for its contribution to the promotion of Modern Foreign Languages.
‘An event such as this highlights the importance of businesses getting involved and engaging with the next generation,’ said Nicolas Beausseron of Warings. ‘We sponsor EBP challenges and get involved in projects because these children are the future workforce which we will come to rely on.’
Individual awards went to Richard Solly from Verisona Solicitors for ‘Best Business Ambassador’, Sharyn Kent, Personnel & Training Manager at The Solent Hotel for promoting Enterprise and Jeremy Thomas, Deputy Head of Physics from Portsmouth Grammar School for the organisation of two visits from astronauts and space shuttle crew to the city.
‘I was immensely proud to pick up this award on behalf of the team at PGS,’ said Jeremy. ‘The school is committed to its work for the Portsmouth community and has greatly enjoyed sharing this experience with school children across the area.’
Year 11s from Pubrook Park School were present to collect an award for being ‘Ultimate Challenge Winners’ after a spectacular performance won them the EBP’s ‘A Place in the World’ trophy and Louise Soloman from Springfield School won ‘Ultimate Work Experience Student’ after she received great praise from Sunsail in Portsolent and was offered a job by the company after she finishes her education.
‘We were delighted and felt very privileged to host the event,’ said Clint Marsh, General Manager of the Langstone Hotel and winner of the ‘Sustainable Business Partnership with a School’ category. ‘We are living in difficult times and we all remember the person who gave us our break with an opportunity or helping hand. It feels great to now be doing that for others.’