Awards that value training and community action

Bury Free Press Business Awards 2014 Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Lewis Cocksedge with- Jane Vincent of WS Training and TV presenter  Penny Smith ANL-141013-080816009
Bury Free Press Business Awards 2014 Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Lewis Cocksedge with- Jane Vincent of WS Training and TV presenter Penny Smith ANL-141013-080816009
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The Bury Free Press Business Awards are not just about praise for big business, but to highlight individuals deserving recognition for the part they play in their company or community.

Two such awards are the Apprentice/Trainee of the Year and Contribution to the Community.

The Gatehouse community charity's annual activities include Christmas hampers and dinners for those in need ANL-141217-195726009

The Gatehouse community charity's annual activities include Christmas hampers and dinners for those in need ANL-141217-195726009

Apprentice/Trainee of the Year was last year won by Lewis Cocksedge, an apprentice at Stowmarket’s Muntons maltsters.

Having sponsored the BFP awards since the beginning, WS Training is once again supporting this award.

As the region’s premier training provider with its head office in Great Barton, WS Training offers a vast array of Apprenticeship/ traineeship and employer focused training opportunities.

Marketing director Steve Favell said: “Working with in excess of 5000 employers and with over 1000 local apprentices, access to government funding and employer grant support, WS Training sees first hand the huge value companies gain from employing Apprentices and getting involved in the trainees programs.”

Jane Vincent, W S Training’s chief executive said: “This region has some of the best most progressive employers in the country, many now supporting and gaining from investing in their staff development through apprenticeship programs and reaping the profit benefits of taking on committed, loyal, target driven staff in this way.

“It is with pride that we again sponsor these awards.”

The Contribution to the Community Award was one last year by the Bury St Edmunds based community support charity Gatehouse.

Again, the award retains last year’s sponsor, though the company name has changed from New Media Business Group to Portcullis Market Access.

Portcullis’ managing director Rachael Gordon said: “Portcullis Market Access is proud to sponsor the Contribution to Community Award in the Bury Free Press Business Awards because we particularly value and appreciate the business people in our community who give back to others.

“Our Directors often get involved in the local community by providing apprenticeships and skills training for young people and others looking to get back into the workplace.

“Some of us also support specific charities or voluntary mentor new business owners via StartUp Suffolk, a not-for-profit organisation.”

Portcullis Market Access guides companies through the process of developing and implementing clear marketing strategies, showing them the optimum mix of traditional and digital marketing tools that will have the best impact on target audiences.

So, if you know an apprentice or someone who gives back to the community who deserves recognition, why not nominate them for one of these awards.