A COMPANY boss has won an award for providing expert business advice.
Colin Townsley, managing director of Leyburn Fencing at Liversedge, took the title of Young Enterprise Business Adviser of the Year for the north-west region in the competition, backed by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
It recognises his work helping students at Hollingworth Business and Enterprise College in Milnrow, Rochdale, in a project to set up and run a business.
The students established Red Dragon to design and produce a board game to introduce basic business concepts to other young people at schools and colleges taking part in the Young Enterprise programme.
Mr Townsley was presented with his award by Mark Hale, the institute’s north-west director, at a presentation at Aintree racecourse, Liverpool.
Said Mr Hale: “Colin a really deserves this regional award.
“He has obviously inspired great confidence in the Red Dragon team. Support from business figures like Colin is vital in encouraging entrepreneurs among the young people in our region.”
Mr Townsley, who has been involved in the college’s Young Enterprise programme since it was introduced three years ago, said: “I get great satisfaction from working with the students and a real sense of pride from their achievement.
“This year we introduced lots of new ideas, including team-building exercises, interviewing techniques and filling in an application form, which are all important skills for young people leaving school to find employment.”
Mr Townsley will now go forward with the nine other regional winners for the national Young Enterprise Business Adviser award on July 15 at London’s Park Lane Hotel.