Regional Business Talent selected to compete for National Award

Left to right:  Dean Bennett, Mark Woolford, Andrew Robinson, Mark Crutchley, Ann Lee, Brady George and Louise Coles (also Almeda) , James Piper and John Ford

Left to right:
Dean Bennett, Mark Woolford, Andrew Robinson, Mark Crutchley, Ann Lee, Brady George and Louise Coles (also Almeda) , James Piper and John Ford

Business leaders from across the city and the region have been selected to compete at national level in the Institute of Directors 2016 Director of the Year Awards.

All of this year’s South West winners have been shortlisted for the national awards in October when they will compete against other regional winners in their category.

They are: Simon Barbato, founder and CEO of Bath-based brand digital and marketing agency Mr B & Friends, Director of the Year; Mark Crutchley, Chief Executve of Circadian Trust, which manages leisure centres across South Gloucestershire on behalf of the local authority, Third Sector/Not for Profit.

Also selected are Brady George, Managing Director of Keynsham-based facilities management company Almeda, Corporate Responsibility, Young Director James Piper Commercial Director of Ecosurety, in Bristol who enable clients to meet waste obligations under UK and EU regulations and Andrew Robinson, Managing Director of Arc Energy Resources, near Gloucester, Family Business Director of the Year.

This year’s awards were closely contested with two shortlisted candidates being Highly Commended.

The IoD Director Awards seek to highlight and celebrate outstanding business people across the country, bringing the enterprise community together and focusing UK-wide attention on the regions.

IoD South West chairman Nick Sturge comments: “In these times of political and economic upheaval – locally and globally – strong, entrepreneurial, resilient and informed leadership is essential to any organisation and the calibre of our awards winners demonstrates the strength of the region and should give us optimism for a positive future.

“Once again we had an extremely high standard of entries demonstrating the breadth and depth of talent, enterprise and leadership across the South West.

“The fact that all our regional winners have been shortlisted is testament to the quality of those entries and although it is always a highly fought contest, we hope we see a national award being brought back here.”

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