Portsmouth business is founded on its excellent apprentices

Rae Bryden, manager at Joules in Gunwharf Quays, who was the Manager of the Year winner and was runner-up in the Fashion Store of the Year category at The News's Retail and Leisure Awards in 2016.  Picture: Sarah Standing (170883-5016)

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A BUSINESS built on apprenticeships has found the key to success as its business goes from strength to strength.

FCC Paragon, which is a North Harbour company that checks on the suitability of tenants for landlords and lettings agents, is recruiting three apprentices through the Peta training agency.

It has almost 100 employees, but in the 28 years it has been operating it has had 14 apprentices through its doors, six of whom are now permanent members of staff.

The firm has also just won a huge contract with British Gas to offer its Home Care services to its clients.

Janie Gaston, operations director for FCC Paragon, said: ‘The apprentices who come to us from Peta are fantastic, keen to learn and to join the FCC Paragon family.

‘Both our organisations really try to nurture our apprentices’ talents and help them to develop new skills and expertise.

‘I sometimes discover I was at school with some of their parents. It makes me feel old but adds to the family atmosphere.’