Celebrating business professionals, schools, education providers and work-related learning projects across the county, the Somerset Education Business Partnership (EBP) Awards 2019 is a chance to showcase those who have inspired, raised aspirations and developed a future local workforce.

Congratulations to the Somerset Education Business Partnership Awards 2019 Winners!

Many congratulations to the winners and the finalists of our first Somerset Education Business Partnership awards which was celebrated on Wednesday 24th April at The Canalside, Bridgwater.
We were delighted to welcome all our guests and sponsors to the awards ceremony to celebrate the hard work and success of all our finalists and we hope that the event encourages all those present to continue to inspire and raise the aspirations of young people in Somerset. 

Somerset Education Business Partnership would like to thank - 
All our winners, finalists, guests and everyone who sent entries and nominations for our first awards
Our headline sponsor Milstead Langdon and team and all our sponsors without which the awards would not have been possible
Our venue hosts, The Canalside
The Design Hive for the awards branding
Our host, Helen Lacey and the Red Berry Team
Tessa Chapman Photography
The students and Creative Arts department at Bridgwater and Taunton College for producing the awards finalists montage
Ben and Will for their support with A/V
The Somerset Chamber of Commerce team for their support
...and to everyone else who helped us bring the evening together!

We look forward to sharing photographs of the evening next week. Please find details of the finalists and winners of each of our awards listed below.

Read more:
Award Winners   |   Award Category Sponsors   |   Awards Ceremony Sponsors 


Award Winners

Individual Awards

PERSONAL CONTRIBUTION – BUSINESS           Sponsored by Weston College

Do you employ a business mentor, enterprise ambassador, governor or similar volunteer? Our judges are looking for a business professional who is committed to providing invaluable knowledge and skills to local young people.

WINNER - Emma Kelly, Butlins


  • Jacquie Dean, Yeovil College
  • Naomi Griffith, Onion Collective


PERSONAL CONTRIBUTION – EDUCATION           Sponsored by Train4All

This individual’s award recognises the most innovative and enthusiastic school or college employee. They may be a school careers lead, teacher, lecturer or support staff member who is committed to providing outstanding work-related learning opportunities and education.

WINNER - Deborah Eele, West Somerset College


  • Kelly Cave, Strode College
  • Jackie Surrey, Westfield Academy


PERSONAL CONTRIBUTION – CAREERS INSPIRATION           Sponsored by Somerset West and Taunton Council

This award recognises the Work-Related Learning provider employee who has shown an outstanding commitment and passion for careers inspiration in Somerset.

WINNER - Maggie Whale, Somerset Work Experience Service


  • James Wilmot, The Priory Learning Trust
  • Kirsty Woods, Strode College


PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT – LEARNER           Sponsored by EDF Energy HPC Project

Celebrating individual learners who engaged with careers provision and demonstrated outstanding potential.

WINNER - Oliver Weston-Mann, Yeovil College


  • Thomas Johnson, Yeovil College
  • Ploykamol White, Yeovil College



Celebrating individual vulnerable and/or SEND learners who engaged with careers provision and demonstrated outstanding potential.

WINNER - Cameron


  • Chloe
  • Holly


Team Awards

EMPLOYER CAREERS INSPIRATION           Sponsored by The Design Hive

This award recognises businesses who have engaged and inspired students in Somerset, and have shown a commitment to developing a local workforce for the future.

WINNERS - Eloquent Technologies & NatWest Somerset Commercial Bank


Small Employer

  • Evosite
  • Wainwright Quarries

Large Employer

  • EDF Energy - HPC Inspire Programme
  • UK Hydrographic Office


CAREERS INSPIRATION IN EDUCATION           Sponsored by TMB Patterns Ltd

Recognising schools or colleges with outstanding careers strategies and programmes, offering a diverse range of opportunities for their students.

WINNER - The Castle School


  • Sen:se
  • Westfield Academy


CAREERS INSPIRATION PROVIDER           Sponsored by Willmott Dixon

Open to all work-related learning providers, this award sets out to recognise and showcase the programmes, projects and opportunities available to Somerset’s young people.

WINNER - Young Somerset


  • Bridgwater & Taunton College
  • Somerset Skills and Learning


PATHWAYS TO EMPLOYMENT           Sponsored by Bridgwater & Taunton College

This award is for those helping disadvantaged individuals into employment. ‘Disadvantaged or vulnerable people’ may include leaving care, SEND, disability, NEET, long-term unemployed, returners to work, homeless, ex-offenders.

WINNER - Inspired to Achieve


  • Elmwood & Penrose Federation
  • HPC Project and Somerset Skills & Learning


Special Award

OUTSTANDING IMPACT           Sponsored by Red Berry Recruitment

Open to all - The winner of the “EBP Outstanding Impact Award” will have demonstrated how, either as a school, college, business, or opportunity provider, they have stood out from the crowd and demonstrated outstanding careers education, engagement opportunities, skills development and achieved ‘success through collaboration’. 

WINNER - Julie Young


  • Jo Tucker
  • West Coast 360


Main Sponsor - Milsted Langdon

Milsted Langdon is one of the South West’s leading independent accountancy practices. Over the last 30 years the firm has grown to approximately 230 employees spread over five offices in Bath, Bristol, London, Taunton and Yeovil, where clients benefit from clear, specialist advice.

Milsted Langdon successfully grows the skills it needs by providing high quality work-placements to school and college students as well as graduates, enabling progression into trainee and fully qualified accountancy roles.

This proactive approach to supporting the next generation was recognised recently as the firm was awarded ‘Best Employer’ at the Taunton Deane Business Awards, and it underpins Milsted Langdon’s commitment to supporting the Somerset Education Business Partnership Awards 2019.

Jonathan Langdon, Co-founder and Chairman of Milsted Langdon comments:

"Milsted Langdon realises the benefits of providing high quality placement opportunities to young people. We are proud to support the next generation - there are many examples of colleagues who have been promoted through the ranks that have successfully developed through our placement and traineeship programmes.

Through sponsoring the Somerset Education Business Partnership awards we aim to inspire other Somerset businesses to provide similar opportunities and demonstrate to young people that the South West is an excellent place to start and grow a career."


Award Sponsors


Rated Outstanding by Ofsted, Weston College delivers higher education courses, as well as 70 different apprenticeships from intermediate to degree-level, to nearly 30,000 learners country wide.



Train4All is a specialist Work Based Learning provider of training and development for the Construction and Engineering Industry in the South West.  The centre offers City & Guilds qualifications from entry level to level 6, including HND, apprenticeships, traineeships, full time study programmes, diplomas and NVQs  in Bricklaying, Carpentry, Plumbing and Heating, Wall & Floor Tiling, Plastering, Painting & Decorating and Property Maintenance.   The centre also delivers trade, supervisory and management courses in Health & Safety, Electrical short courses,  bespoke industry CPD programmes, DIY skill sessions, key stage 4 courses for local schools and also an Armed Forces Resettlement Programme for those leaving the military and looking to retrain or gain new skills with an extensive local network of apprenticeship employers.


PERSONAL CONTRIBUTION - CAREERS INSPIRATION Sponsored by Somerset West and Taunton Council

Somerset West and Taunton Council is the new district council, committed to serving the residents, businesses and communities of Taunton Deane and West Somerset.

www.westsomersetonline.gov.uk | www.tauntondeane.gov.uk


HPC project are building two new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point C in Somerset, the first in a new generation of nuclear power stations in the UK providing low-carbon electricity for around six million homes. And it’s not just about power. Local benefits are at the heart of Hinkley Point C, aiming to deliver as many of the long-term benefits it will stimulate to Somerset and the South West.

Hinkley Point C will: Create over 25,000 new employment opportunities, provide huge opportunities for local, national and international businesses and bring lasting benefits to communities throughout the South West.



CSW is a not-for-profit social enterprise. We deliver a range of services nationally. We provide contracts that support businesses, young people and adults through key transition points. We deliver services that build aspiration and turn it into achievement, unlocking potential and developing individuals and organisations.



The Design Hive, creator of Somerset EBP branding, builds strong brands through a comprehensive range of design, digital and print services to suit each client.



TMB Patterns Limited, are a Precision Engineering company based in Bridgwater. The business was founded in 1977 by a local Bridgwater Businessman, Martin Baker, he has developed and expanded his family business into a multi-national business. The core business manufacture tooling for the Food Sector Business in the UK and Worldwide.

TMB are an important employer within Somerset, employing 65 local people. The business contribution to the local community is providing sustained business growth, not only in our core engineering business, but that of new sector work covering, Nuclear, Scientific and Composites. Manufacturing tooling for CERN in Switzerland, shows the technical and specialist work TMB can provide.  



Willmott Dixon is a privately-owned contracting and interior fit-out group. Founded in 1852, we are family run and dedicated to leaving a positive legacy in our communities and environment. We value innovation, partnership, sustainability and people with the aim to build on our history and reputation by undertaking our activities in a sustainable and responsible manner that contributes to society as a whole.  We have been recognised for outstanding investment in communities with a CommunityMark from Business in the Community, and are the only carbon neutral construction and support services company as well as the only one with a dedicated in-house sustainability consultancy.


PATHWAYS TO EMPLOYMENT Sponsored by Bridgwater & Taunton College

Bridgwater & Taunton College offer a broad range of qualifications and training across a range of subjects. Courses combine real-world experience with academic rigour and employability.


EBP OUTSTANDING IMPACT Sponsored by Red Berry Recruitment

Award-winning Red Berry Recruitment works with some of the South West’s leading organisations - providing temporary and permanent staff to a diverse range of sectors.



Sponsoring the Awards

Broomhead and Saul - Awards Ceremony Drinks Reception Sponsors

At Broomhead & Saul LLP we have been providing expert legal advice since 1895.

Broomhead & Saul LLP is based in two offices in Taunton and Ilminster. As a traditional firm, we offer a full range of easily accessible legal services including advice in Family law, Residential Property, Wills, Powers of Attorneys, Probate and Commercial law.


Sponsoring the Somerset EBP Awards provides a great opportunity to raise your company profile, show your commitment to improving careers education and could also provide you with a platform for promoting a new product or service. Contact us for more information.

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