The Third Youth and Business Awards 2017


The Third Youth and Business Awards 2017 was held on 28th Nov at Kingsbridge Community College 6th form building to a packed house of finalists, Kingsbridge and Salcombe Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Small Businesses, Sponsors of Work Club/ YABAA’s and Spiritulized Charity

(Work Club is part of Spiritulized overall Project).

The Awards were the brainchild of The 16 – 24 Work Club Kingsbridge with the idea to Recognise, Celebrate , Inspire and Motivate Local 16 – 24 year olds and Local Employers, Businesses and Professionals to continue to build on and making a Positive Community to live and work in. 


Please check out 16 – 24 Work Club Kingsbridge Facebook page for great YABAA 2017 photos.


Award Judges and Joint MC's for the Awards event were Simon Gotch - Chairman of Skills Training UK & Rob Holmes – Entrepreneur, Author & Founder of the Gro Company stated “that all the judging panel were very impressed by the high level of achievement by the nominated 16 – 24 year olds and the Businesses supporting them. We want to encourage more types of businesses to enter YABAA's 2018”

Eight categories of Entries and Finalists – including the new category '16 – 24 Employer Excellence'. Overall YABAA's 2017 sponsor Sabre Finance


1. Apprentice of the Year Sponsored by Pebbles of Salcombe

Apprentice who has demonstrated commitment to learning and has added value to the business.

Winner: Chrissie Morgan. Joint Runners up: Naomi Musegula & Lucy Stallard

2. Apprentice Employer of the Year Sponsored by Bibby’s Accountants

Employer who has enabled the Apprentice to flourish through ongoing commitment. Examples of best practice which enables the organisations Apprenticeship programme to be successful. 

Winner: Selworthy Vets. Runner up:  Start Point Finance 

3. Jack Tanner Legacy Award sponsored by PHAS

Exceptionally Inspiring 16 – 24 year old, who can motivate others to reach their potential

Winner: Andrew Keeler.  Runner up: Jak O'Connell- Swindin

4.  Employer of the Year sponsored by Handbuilt

Local Business who has inspired, motivated and supported 16 – 24 year olds to reach their potential.

Winner: Aune Valley Meats/Valley View Café. Joint Runners up: Bayleaf Gardening & Selworthy Vets

5. Learner of the Year sponsored by 16 – 24 Work Club Kingsbridge

A 16 – 24 year old who has been involved with any internal or external training, distance learning or further education, who may have overcome obstacles and who stands out as a shining example to motivate and inspire others.

Winner: Toby Yeoman. Runner up: Rory Shillabeer. Highly Commended: Lucy Stallard    

6. Volunteer/Peer Mentor/Enabler – Sponsored by Hair Advice Centre

A 16-24 year old who is a Volunteer/Mentor/Enabler to others in a work/business environment OR a Work Colleague who has helped 16 – 24 through being a Mentor/Volunteer/Enabler.

Winner: Jak O'Connell Swindin. Runner Up: Dan Lynn. Highly Commended: Connor Walker

7. 16 – 24 Entrepreneur 2016 – Sponsored by Federation of Small Businesses

A 16 – 24 Entrepreneur who has started and/or is growing a locally based successful business, and in doing so is an inspiration to other local 16 – 24 year olds.

Winners: Luke Adams Lighting. Runner Up: Max Styles Photography


Special Thanks goes to our Sponsors and Supporters of the Event include Salcombe and Kingsbridge Chamber of Commerce who have been arranging events through year to raise funds for YABAA's 2017. Also they are holding a Ball at Soar Mill Cove Hotel in 2018 in aid of YABAA's 2018.

The Jack Tanner Award Fund  who provided the funding for the brilliant trophy for the 16 -24 year olds Entrepreneur 2016 Award and Certificates for all the 16 – 24 year olds.

Special thanks also to LA Lighting, Max Styles Photography, Spiritulized Trustees, Nick Walker Printing. 

The Judges in alphabetical order  Simon Gotch - Chairman of Skills Training UK, Sha Hard - 16-24 Work Club, Rob Holmes - Entrepeneur, Author and Founder Gro Company and  Johnny Richmond - Centre Director of Spiritualized

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 Winners of YABAAs 2017


Sha Hard 16 –24 Work Club co-ordinator requested “YABAA 2018 needs more nominations from wide demographic of local businesses – 16 – 24 year olds and the businesses employing to receive the recognition they deserve are needed. We know there are a lot of worthy winners out there in our local community. Nomination is a straight forward and free process which we can give guidance with.”



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