Business stars of the future

Hundreds of West-based students who have excelled in a business environment have been recognised for their achievements.

UWE Bristol last week hosted its annual “Celebrating Talent” event at the Marriott Hotel in central Bristol.

The occasion honoured the outstanding achievements of hundreds of talented students, who’ve represented the university through work-based learning opportunities including placements, internships and volunteering in local, national and international businesses. The awards were hosted by the University’s Employability and Enterprise team and presented by deputy vice–chancellor, Jane Harrington.

The ceremony was compered by Western Daily Press editor Ian Mean and the 37 winners and runners-up received cash prizes in front of a packed audience of industry partners, including Avon & Somerset Constabulary, FriendsLife and Rathbone Greenbank Investments, many of whom had sponsored an award.

Interest in this year’s competition was incredibly high, students were nominated by their employer or a staff member with over 200 submissions received for the 11 individual awards.

Entries were shortlisted down to five winners for each category with sponsors then invited to choose their top three winners. Sponsors for each category presented the award to winners on the night.

UWE Bristol honorary graduate, entrepreneur and businessman Dr Stephen Fear gave a guest lecture at the event on the value of work-based learning.

He said: “Young people are the lifeblood of society, these winners exemplify early success and dedication. I was honoured to be invited to attend and speak at the Celebrating UWE Talent awards ceremony which is an important part of the UWE calendar.”

Brunel Industries were the sponsors of the Green Intern of the Year Award. Alan Bailey, director, said, “Supporting this award is very important to Brunel Industries as we need to support the next generation of environmental professionals, innovators and entrepreneurs to help deliver a sustainable future.”

UWE Bristol was placed eighth by The Daily Telegraph in its list of top universities for getting a job.

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