South West’s Faces of a Vibrant Economy revealed by Grant Thornton

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Grant Thornton UK LLP today announced the launch of the third annual Faces of a Vibrant Economy initiative, which identifies 100 progressive leaders across private, public and third sectors that demonstrate excellence through growth, innovation and purpose.

The four individuals from the South West are Peaches Golding OBE, Lord-Lieutenant at City of Bristol; Christine Owen, Chief Operating Officer and Co-founder at Plimsoll Productions, Bristol; Steve Plumridge, General Manager at Gulfstream, Bristol; and Neill Ricketts, Chief Executive at Versarien, Cheltenham.

The campaign aims to highlight leaders who inspire by example and show how better business can be done. The Faces of a Vibrant Economy list has been curated to showcase and celebrate UK businesses, public and third sector organisations that are clearly demonstrating the value of purpose in action.

Individuals are selected from across the UK and represent diverse sectors and industries. Among them are business leaders, entrepreneurs, local government innovators and third sector trailblazers – recognised for their commitment to developing an economy that enables people, organisations and communities to flourish.

Striving to promote skills growth in the South West, Grant Thornton has encouraged collaboration between the Faces community and its Schools Enterprise Programme, which aims to help develop financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills in support of the Key Stage 3 curriculum. Grant Thornton also recently piloted an event for year 12 students that worked with the Faces campaign and its own employees to challenge the way young people see their role in the community. This project intends to provide inspiration to young people, showing them how they can start building a career that contributes to shaping an economy where everyone benefits.

Tim Lincoln, practice leader at Grant Thornton in Bristol, said: “Now in its third year, Faces of a Vibrant Economy is building and shaping a community of inspirational leaders of some of the most exciting and dynamic organisations operating in the UK – and it’s great to see such strong representation for the South West. From the creative industries to aerospace, engineering and driving change in our local community; our South West Faces share the same commitment to make a positive impact.

“Those selected are individuals who prove themselves to be exceptional leaders, driving positive results against a clearly defined purpose. Their commitment and passion for their industry makes us want to be like them, to work with them and to learn from them. Each of our leaders drive forward the values which contribute to making an economy truly ‘vibrant’ and are playing valuable role in helping our region to thrive, as we saw in our Vibrant Economy report released earlier this year.

“These leaders set an excellent example and show how business can be a positive influence on society. The list offers examples of how creative approaches to public services can drive superior results and how passion, coupled with purpose can change the world for the better. By celebrating these fantastic people, we recognise their role in developing a more purposeful and innovative business environment, to set an example for the next generation.

“For our part, we are committed to continually building and connecting this network of inspirational leaders and their organisations, in the South West and across the UK. We’re hoping that by connecting like-minded people we can encourage a space to learn, share ideas, teach others and ultimately continue to grow and develop, for the benefit of our economy and society.”

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