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Rising star Sean clinches top business awards

Rising star Sean clinches top business award
Awards for apprentice Sean Gallagher are like buses – just when you thought only one was going to come, two come along at once!

Not only has Sean been named as the Young Manufacturer of the Year 2012 by The Manufacturer magazine, he has also joined an elite group of top business performers who are regional winners in the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards 2012.

Both Awards reflect a busy year of top achievement for Sean, project lead managing fellow apprentices delivering inspiring innovation and also doing the day job as a Quality Engineer.

Last week Sean was one of 600 manufacturers who attended The Manufacturer magazine’s annual awards ceremony compered by Lord Digby Jones of Birmingham.

Lord Jones said: “What a pleasure it is to be among real people focusing on making money to help UK plc get on, while the media and so many organisations are obsessed with spending the stuff.” Lord Jones is widely known for his six year stint as director-general of the CBI and his passion for British industry.

On receiving the Young Manufacturer of the Year Award Sean said: “I think it is of the utmost importance to recognise young people in the business. It is the people who breed the ideas in a business, not the hierarchy, and people at all levels can breed a lot of life into a business.”

Sean’s second award is from EEF, the organisation which represents manufacturing, engineering and technology based businesses in the UK. These awards recognise excellence in enterprise, innovation, environmental performance and skills development among UK manufacturers.

He has been named winner of the EEF North West Region Outstanding Achievement by a Final Year Apprentice Award. The Award is sponsored by Semta – the Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies.

Judges recognised that throughout his apprenticeship, Sean showed great commitment with perfect attendance and punctuality and has become known for delivering work of exceptional quality and reliability with minimal supervision. It’s an approach that led to him taking on the role of Project Manager for the BedFleX entry to the Apprentice Innovation Challenge, a national BAE Systems competition.

David Ost, EEF North West Regional Director, said: “We received some extremely high quality entries for this award, but Sean’s commitment, drive and determination stood out to make him our winner. He is an inspiration to young people everywhere and has an exciting future ahead of him. I wish him continued success and best of luck in the national final.”

Now working as part of our air business Core Quality team, Sean is continuing to work as an ambassador and mentor for the apprenticeship scheme and will go forward to compete against other regional winners from across the UK in EEF’s National Awards final on 31 January 2013 in London.