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Bagnalls Triumph At Family Business Apprentice Awards

9th June 2015 Paul Andrews

Troy Sanderson from Bagnalls wins Family Business Apprentice 2015

Family Business United launched a new campaign this year to look for an individual who could be crowned ‘Family Business Apprentice of the Year 2015’ sponsored by Close Brothers Asset Management.  The search was on for individuals that have already made a difference in the role that they perform, have stood out and been recognised by their family business employers.  

Six finalists were chosen, all of whom are great ambassadors for apprentices across the UK and the family businesses with whom they work.

With over 3 million family firms in the UK today there are some truly inspirational family firms around, some have been around for generations and others are just starting out with the intention of being around for generations to come and with many investing in apprentice schemes, they are investing in the skills of the next generation.  

The finalists were invited to London where they received a tour and personal insight into Pimlico Plumbers, founded by Charlie Mullins OBE who began his career as an apprentice plumber, and is a strong supporter of apprenticeships today.  They were then hosted for lunch at Close Brothers Asset Management where the awards were presented.

As Penny Lovell, Head of Private Clients at Close Brothers Asset Management explains, “For a number of years now we have run a Future Leaders Programme to help develop the skills of the entrepreneurial next generation of our clients, many of whom are family businesses, and this campaign was an obvious extension to these activities.  We were delighted to be part of the search for the Family Business Apprentice of the Year and meeting the finalists.  All of the finalists were a credit to the businesses they represent and reflected the growing diversity of apprenticeships available across the UK."

The Full Result:

Winner - Troy Sanderson, Alfred Bagnall & Sons (North West) Ltd

Runners Up - James Smy, CUB (UK) Ltd and Jamie Uphill, Deaf Alerter plc

Finalists - Joel Mortlock, Bagnall & Sons (East Midlands) Ltd, Georgia Morris, Elliott Brothers Limited, and Connor Smith, Alfred Bagnall & Sons (North West) Limited

As Paul Andrews explains, “Troy was a worthy winner who impressed right from the start of his apprenticeship with the persistence with which he strove to gain the role.  He contacted them numerous times, sending in images of the work that he had already completed.  His endeavours did not go unnoticed and he was awarded the role.  Since then, he has continued to impress those people he comes into contact with.  Troy has never had a day off work and has gone above and beyond the role expected of an apprentice.  He is respected by his colleagues and a pleasure to work with and undoubtedly has a bright future ahead of him.”

Troy works as a Painting and Decorating Apprentice at Bagnalls.  Established in 1875, Bagnalls continues to be one of the country’s leading painting, decorating and specialist coatings contractors.

From modest beginnings over 140 years ago in Shipley, West Yorkshire, the Bagnall Group of Companies has become renowned for its ability to undertake contracts successfully in any location, of any size, nature or duration with the personal service that one expects from a firm now in its fifth generation.

On winning the award Troy added, “I am delighted to have won the first Family Business United Apprentice of the Year Award.  I would like to thank my employer Bagnalls for giving me an opportunity to pursue a career in painting & decorating and for encouraging me to enter the competition.”

As Paul, concludes: “An apprenticeship is a great way to gain a skill for life and many great entrepreneurs began life in this way.   Charlie Mullins OBE from Pimlico Plumbers is the classic apprentice turned entrepreneur now running a very successful £25 million turnover family business in London.  All of the finalists represent great ambassadors for the family firms for whom they work and their employers should be congratulated for the time and commitment invested in these youngsters too.  The finalists demonstrated great commitment, desire to achieve and willingness to go the extra mile, above what is normally expected of someone in their role.”

“As always, there can be only one winner and Troy stood out above the rest.  Troy is a worthy winner of the inaugural Family Business Apprentice of the Year and we wish him and all the other apprentices the best of luck for their forthcoming careers.”

We will be open for nominations shortly for the 2106 Family Business Apprentice of the Year.  Full details will be published on in due course.



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