Key figures from the small business, enterprise and skills sector in the UK gathered at the House of Lords on Thursday 23rd October to celebrate the very best in enterprise learning and skills.
The annual awards, hosted by the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE) and the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI), brings together representatives from small businesses, further and higher educational establishments, business organisations, corporates and government to celebrate those individuals that are making a difference to the small business landscape through enterprise skills development, mentoring and championing.
There were 12 award winners at the event. The Lifetime Achievement Award went to JOHN TIMPSON CBE, Chairman of Timpson. John has a reputation for being a paternalistic employer has remained true to his vision to ensure the business remains wholly family owned and not answerable to shareholders.
Ruth Lowbridge, Executive Chair of SFEDI said:
“It is an honour to bestow John Timpson CBE with this award. His business ethos and commitment to both his employees, and in sharing his knowledge with the next generation of entrepreneurs should be a source of inspiration to businesses everywhere. His life’s work is a shining example of how you can grow a successful and profitable business that delivers for you, your staff, and your customers.”
The International Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to TAN SRI DATO’ SRI PADUKA DR LIM KOK WING. Dr Lim Kok Wing is the Founder and President of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology. He has received many accolades from around the world in acknowledgement of his contribution to innovation and education, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2005, and the title of ‘Malaysia’s Father of Creativity and Innovation’ in 2012 from the Malaysian Government.
Other high profile awards went to Jason Holt, CEO of the Holts Group and the Government appointed Small Business Ambassador for Apprenticeships who will be presented the Enterprise Policy Influencer Award, and Professor Andy Penaluna, Professor of Creative Entrepreneurship at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, who is receiving the Enterprise Educators award for his contribution to enterprise education in his own university and across the UK.
Three awards will be announced on the day with the shortlisted nominees attending the event to find out if they have won. These are; the Get Started Award for a new start business that has achieved great things during its start up phase; The Enterprise Mentoring Champion Award for a business person that is supporting small businesses through volunteer mentoring; and the Enterprising Learner Award, for an individual that has demonstrated commitment and excellence when studying enterprise skills and has gone on to success as a result.
Ruth Lowbridge, commented of all award winners on the day:
“Everyone being recognised today is contributing to the growth and sustainability of the small and micro business sector. We aim to inspire and support people to ensure that all small and micro businesses have the right enterprising skills to start, survive and thrive”.