Ayrshire College wins at Bridge 2 Business Enterprise Awards

Ayrshire College wins at Bridge 2 Business Enterprise Awards

Ayrshire College has been named Enterprising FE College of the Year at the Bridge 2 Business Educator Awards, while two of its students earned special recognition at the ceremony.

Sport & Fitness graduate Lucy Thomson, known in the Ayrshire community as Coach Lucy, won the Local Hero of the Year Award. Complementary Therapies student Fi Thorburn was Highly Commended in the Enterprising Student of the Year Award category, where fellow Ayrshire College student Kirsty Campbell was also shortlisted.

Two other Ayrshire College representatives were nominated at the awards - student Anya Rae in the Bridge 2 Business Innovation Award category and fashion lecturer Elaine Watson for the FE College Enterprise Educator of the Year Award.

The awards ceremony took place online on Tuesday 2 June during Young Enterprise Scotland’s virtual Festival Of Youth Enterprise.

Bridge 2 Business is a Young Enterprise Scotland programme designed to inspire, connect and support college students into business. The Bridge 2 Business awards celebrates the hard-working and enterprising efforts of students, lecturers, and colleges in Scotland.

Ayrshire College won the Enterprising FE College of the Year for demonstrating it is leading the way in enterprise within further education in Scotland, particularly through its innovative partnership between the Ayrshire College Foundation and Bridge 2 Business.

Ayrshire College offers all of its students the opportunity to learn enterprise and business skills no matter what course they are on. Students have the opportunity to apply for up to £5,000 worth of grants for a business start-up or development of an existing business through the Enterprising Students Fund.

Stuart Millar, Head of Apprenticeships and Work-Based Learning at Ayrshire College, said: "We are delighted that Ayrshire College has been awarded the Enterprising FE College of the Year award. We're particularly proud to see a number of our students recognised by Bridge 2 Business for their enterprising efforts and we hope that those students who have set up a new business with support from the Enterprising Students Fund have continued success in the future."

Lucy Thomson, who won the Local Hero of the Year award for her wellbeing business Coach Lucy's success, said: "It’s a privilege to be receiving an award like this and to be recognised for the work we do within our community. Our ethos is about showing how important fitness is for more than just your body and aesthetics, but for your mental health too. I am extremely grateful to have been considered for this award never mind to be receiving it."

10 June 2020

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