LEADERS of Portsmouth’s business community have been celebrated at the lavish Amazing People Awards.
More than 140 representatives from the area’s businesses, schools and colleges gathered at the Langstone Hotel for the Education Business Partnership’s annual ceremony and gala dinner.
The event celebrated businesses’ achievements in working with the Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Business Partnership to help prepare young people for the world of work.
Outdoor educational centre Barn Farm was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to the EBP by small, medium and large businesses.
Property management firm Fasset also received the award thanks to its work with Havant Academy’s Learn, Excel, Aspire Programme project.
Pharmaceutical company Pfizer was another recipient.
Gary Medlow, managing director of Fasset, said: ‘It is a great feeling to get recognition for the work we have done pioneering the Learn, Exel, Aspire, Programme.
‘Despite being busy people in demanding jobs, our team has found the time to work with the children at Havant Academy and have very much enjoyed the experience.’
Mayor of Havant Cllr Ken Smith was presented Portsmouth Water Company with an award recognising its apprenticeships.
Little Learners Day Care in Clarkes Road, Portsmouth, was awarded for its commitment to offering work experience opportunities, and Hilsea-based Warings collected an accolade for its contribution to the promotion of modern foreign languages.
Nicolas Beausseron of Warings said: ‘We sponsor EBP challenges and get involved in projects because these children are the future workforce which we will come to rely on.’
Individual awards went to Richard Solly from Verisona Solicitors, Sharyn Kent, personnel and training manager at The Solent Hotel, and Jeremy Thomas, deputy head of physics at Portsmouth Grammar School.
Year 11 students from Purbrook Park School collected an Ultimate Challenge Winners award after a spectacular performance won them the EBP’s A Place in the World trophy.
Louise Soloman, from Springfield School, won ultimate work experience student after receiving high praise from Sunsail in Port Solent.
The Langstone Hotel was named winner of the sustainable business partnership with a school category.