WINNER: Paul Winter and Ipswich Building Society
Ipswich Building Society has worked alongside local authorities in Suffolk and other partners to raise aspirations and better the prospects of young people across the county. The Society played a leading role in negotiating and securing the Greater Ipswich City Deal, which has focused on tackling youth unemployment and increasing skills levels. It has been instrumental in initiatives such as the MyGo centre, youth guarantee, work inspiration, local apprenticeship service, and much more. Ipswich Building Society also works with Suffolk schools and has delivered more than 2,500 hours of financial education in classrooms. The commitment of Ipswich Building Society’s work has had a significant impact on young people across Suffolk.
PHOTO: Ian Brighton and Joanne Palfrey representing Paul Winter from Ipswich Building Society winner of Business Partner of the Year, with Ashleigh Seymour-Rutherford from Suffolk Chamber of Commerce Young Chamber.
- Dayle Bayliss, Dayle Bayliss Associates
Dayle works tirelessly to fit in her voluntary work alongside running an architectural design consultancy, and as a female voice in a construction support industry, she is passionate about encouraging girls to consider roles in this sector. As vice-chair of the Suffolk Skills Show, she supported the creation and delivery of the hands-on ‘Construction Zone’, and has backed innovative approaches to get young people into training and employment. Although she runs a small business, she is promoting opportunities for young people and ensuring that they know the breadth of opportunities the industry can offer them.
- Julie Campbell, Best Western Brome Grange Hotel
Julie provides work experience opportunities at Best Western Brome Grange Hotel for students from Hartismere School. Many of the young people she provides opportunities to have emotional or behavioural difficulties, including low self-confidence and aspirations, leading to low attendance at school. Work experience at the hotel can be of huge benefit to these pupils, giving them a boost to their self-esteem and social skills, and helping to equip them for college, employment and the challenges ahead. Julie is endlessly patient, giving opportunities to young people with severe difficulties for whom the school would struggle to find placements. She never gives up on a young person no matter how troublesome they are, and has had a life-changing impact on students who have worked with her.