The News Business Excellence Awards: Apprentice of the Year

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SHE is an up-and-coming star in law firm Coffin Mew.

Now Emily Bell’s hard work has paid off after she was named apprentice of the year at The News Business Excellence Awards.

BRIGHT FUTURE Emily Bell of Coffin Mew, the Apprentice of the Year, and right, highly commended Alice Appleford, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, presented by Douglas Stafford MD Ben Sargeant'''Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150405-9)

BRIGHT FUTURE Emily Bell of Coffin Mew, the Apprentice of the Year, and right, highly commended Alice Appleford, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, presented by Douglas Stafford MD Ben Sargeant'''Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150405-9)

The 20-year-old, who lives in Rowlands Castle, is a marketing assistant for the firm at its offices in 1000 Lakeside North Harbour, Portsmouth.

Emily was taken on in January 2013 as the company’s first apprentice.

She did an apprenticeship in business administration while working in marketing, and was taken on full-time after finishing her course last summer. Speaking of her time so far in the business, Emily said: ‘It’s been amazing really.

‘The experience has been fantastic and no two days are the same in marketing.

‘I have been involved in the marketing team and helped out with HR.

‘I have been given lots of different opportunities not just in marketing, but in the business world in general.’

She added: ‘This has given me the opportunity to build myself a career.’

Award judges said Emily was ‘the strongest’ in a very strong set of candidates, was passionate about her work and helping the business grow. Emily is also an apprentice ambassador for South Downs College where she promotes opportunities for young people.

Amir Hussain, head of marketing at Coffin Mew, praised Emily for her dedication.

‘Emily has so much enthusiasm,’ he said.

‘What she has demonstrated is if you have got the right attitude and set your heart on a goal, you can achieve it.

‘Here at Coffin Mew, we encourage young people to get into the work place, and for businesses locally that is the number one issue.’

The company has now taken on a second apprentice in its finance team.