Businesses committed to apprenticeship development recognised at business awards

Submitted by fcorby on Tue, 02/26/2019 - 11:30

On Wednesday 22 May, Nottinghamshire’s business community will welcome the return of the annual Nottingham Post Business Awards.

Descending on the East Midlands Conference Centre will be representatives from some of the region’s most prominent businesses.

Among these businesses will be those that have been shortlisted within the 15 award categories.  

One category that will be praised on the night is the Apprentice Employer of the Year award. This category was brought in last year, and after proving a huge hit, it is back again and has already seen a number of fantastic entrants.

Recruitment company Futures for Business have confirmed their support of this particular category.

The award itself is once which celebrates businesses that, through apprenticeship schemes and development, continually seek to bridge the gap between young people and career opportunities.

Futures for Business work closely with businesses up and down the country helping them to grow, adapt, thrive and succeed through training, apprenticeships and recruitment solutions.

Sandra Cowley works as the Commercial Director at Futures for Business and explained their relationship with the awards, and this particular category.

“Nottingham is home to many thriving businesses, celebrating the role apprenticeships play in the success and ambition of so many is something we are passionate about. We want to give recognition to those employers locally who are providing the very best environments for their teams to develop.

“We are especially delighted to be celebrating the role apprenticeships play in the success and ambition of so many Nottingham businesses and are looking forward to meeting with employers and their teams to celebrate the best of business in Nottingham.”

Futures for Business are experts in delivering tailored programmes to nurture talent in existing teams as well as introducing new, ambitious, bright and capable people to a workforce.

Understanding that creating a skilled, engaged and motivated workforce is fundamental in driving a business forward, Sandra explained just some of the positive ways in which Futures for Business contributes to the local business community.

“Holding contracts that span across the East Midlands we have supported employers to recruit apprentices, and trained businesses existing teams. 100 % of the employers who have used our bespoke recruitment training programmes would consider using it again in the future to support staff recruitment.

“And 97% of employers we have worked with would recommend Futures apprenticeships to another employer. Delivering on what we say we can do is part of our culture, honesty is key, it’s who we are.”

Futures is one of the many fantastic names to have been confirmed as category sponsors at this year’s awards. Butler & Willow, The WBS Group, Western Power Distribution, HSBC and Midlands Connect are just some of the others that will be in attendance on the night.  

For more information about the Nottingham Post Business Awards visit the dedicated website

Alternatively, contact Francesca Corby at Champions (UK) plc on 01509 85 29 27 or email