Entrepreneurial students from The College Merthyr Tydfil have had their achievements recognised at the annual Merthyr Tydfil Business Awards held on Friday 19th September. Lee Williams, a Foundation Degree student scooped the ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award’ in recognition of his enthusiasm and hard work to drive forward his new business ‘Maid in Wales’ whilst at the same time studying hard at college and working part-time at EE.
Lee, who was overwhelmed to win the award, started ‘Maid in Wales’ early in 2014. Lee commented “My vision for Maid in Wales is to be a refreshingly different cleaning company offering a fresh modern take on the age old chore of cleaning. I am really grateful to the college who have provided so much support and inspired me to take forward my ambitions by giving me the opportunity to engage in real life enterprise and business activities throughout my studies”
Also scooping double awards at the ceremony were the college’s winning ‘Global Enterprise Team’ (GEC). The team of seven students were successful in beating off competition from 43 other teams across 15 different countries around the world to claim the title of best in Europe, Middle East and Africa. The team were also presented with the ‘Exceptional Achievement Award 2014’. Aimed at rewarding outstanding success, this award recognises the fantastic achievement of the team who have not only done themselves proud but also put the college and town of Merthyr Tydfil on the World map.
Speaking at the Awards Ceremony, College Principal - John O’Shea stated “I am immensely proud of the students and their achievements. Not only did they overcome a gruelling 12 hour business challenge, but they came up with a fantastic business and marketing idea that outshone those ideas put forward from teams from across the world. They are testimony to the level of talent we have in Merthyr Tydfil and have helped to showcase this to the rest of the world”.
Wendy Locke, organiser of the Awards ceremony and Board member of the Merthyr Tydfil Business Club commented “The Awards aim to inspire and support local businesses by recognising and celebrating achievements across a wide range of areas, including innovation, enterprise, sales, green business, tourism, creativity and marketing. The students truly deserved their recognition. They are a credit to their families and the college”.
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