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Apprentice Champions and Big Heart Regional Family Business Winners

Bagnalls | 17 July

During an evening of celebrating at Wembley stadium for the National Family Business awards, Bagnalls were over the moon to be named Regional Winner: North East & Yorkshire for Apprentice Champion and also Regional Winner: North East & Yorkshire for Big Heart. Both very prestigious accolades that reflect the company’s positive commitment to developing apprentices and giving back to the community. A panel of twenty-four judges worked through hundreds of entries and two months of interviews until they made their final decisions.

Joanne Gualda, Group Marketing Director, said “We are so proud to be recognised for our commitment to apprentices and for the community work we do through our Community Paintbrush scheme. Both these awards speak volumes about the people who work for us. We recruit apprentices every year and many remain with the company for the whole of their careers, progressing to foreman, supervisor, management and Director level positions. Recruiting young people for our future is just one way that we give back to the communities in which we work, another is by having a “Big Heart” and commitment to our corporate responsibility. In the past five years, since our Community Paintbrush scheme was launched, we have helped over sixty organisations, ranging from painting a children’s hospice in Liverpool to donating paint bound for a school in Malawi.”

The evening, organised by Family Business Place, was attended by over three hundred and fifty family businesses from all over the UK and Ireland, demonstrating the importance that this sector delivers to the economy and people’s lives.

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