COLLEGE PRINCIPAL WINS YEOVIL CHAMBER BUSINESS AWARDS
Yeovil College CEO & Principal, Mark Bolton, has been announced as the Yeovil Chamber Business Awards winner in their first ever virtual awards ceremony. Mr Bolton was formally recognised as the winner of the ‘Outstanding Contribution by an Individual’ on Friday 8th October.
With the virtual ceremony taking place at Yeovil Town Football Club, the celebration recognised and acknowledged the successes of some of the most innovative, long-serving, new and entrepreneurial businesses within the community of Yeovil and surrounding areas, acknowledging what an extraordinary year it has been.
David Woan, President of the Yeovil Chamber of Commerce, opened the ceremony, saying: “2020 has been an unprecedented and challenging year in the extreme and these awards will give you a flavour of the extraordinary resilience demonstrated by the Yeovil business sector. Business people don’t have the luxury of being told what to do, business and commerce by its very nature must lead and keep the ball rolling and the Yeovil business sector has shown exceptional resilience due in no small part to the high degree of joined up thinking which exists across Yeovil and its area of influence.”
Following a nervous wait, the winner of the ‘Outstanding Contribution by an Individual’ was formally announced as Chief Exec and Principal of Yeovil College. Mr Bolton, who firstly thanked category sponsors Old Mill, said: “I consider this acknowledgement as recognition for all of the colleagues I work with; all the brilliant people, students, staff and stakeholders who have contributed to the great work of the College in recent years and its success.
I met David (Woan) within a few days of arriving in Yeovil at the end of 2015 and could see immediately that with David, the wider exec and members this group of people were worth investing everything I had in, so I did. I believe passionately in the work of the chamber in supporting our business community. I believe that the role of our college is to support our people in our community and our businesses in our community we are driven to do all we can to support our businesses to grow and prosper believing that if they grow and prosper so will our wider community and we are part of that.
I feel hugely privileged to be acknowledged for the work of the college more privileged to have been welcomed into the chamber and a new community with open arms and warmth.
Our mutual support of one another makes a difference, please let’s keep doing this.”
Mark further acknowledged that it is the people around him at work who drive him to become the best he can be: “I suppose the thing that drives me to do more and be better is the idea that people make the difference, good people working together, pulling in the same direction, make amazing things happen; and we have got some great people in South Somerset, North and West Dorset.
I think the best is yet to come. Let’s keep working together – I can see it’s making a difference; we are making a difference.”
Yeovil College were also sponsoring the ‘Young Business Award’ category, a category they feel passionately about. Mr Bolton commented: “Providing individuals and businesses with the skills and knowledge to open build and succeed is what we do. When we talk about new or young we’re pleased about that, it’s inclusive and helps to communicate that education and training but new starts offer everyone regardless of age or circumstance.
Seeing such great talent in the shortlisted candidates demonstrates that there is a strong heart of entrepreneurism, hope and energy, live and well in our community.
To all new businesses please do give yourself the time to work on your business as well as in your business invest in it and in yourself to ensure that you continue to succeed. Remember all those days and nights of thinking and planning that went into the start of your business that ensured its good start, keep doing that to ensure its longevity and continued success.
Do keep going, your innovation and energy in the years ahead will help our local prosperity- you are the catalyst for a more successful South Somerset.”
Yeovil College is sits firmly behind the Yeovil Chamber and continues to be an active patron within this great network of businesses.