Last week was a busy one for the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Bursary Officer Annette Gee.
First of all Annette was at the Principality Stadium to pick up the award for Welsh Entrepreneurs’ Champion of the Year, as judged by a panel of previous winners including Just Eat CEO David Buttress, Hayley Parsons CBE, and author TV presenter Lyndon Wood.
Then it was onto the Palace of Westminster with colleague Natasha Davies to be commended by the Minister for Small Business, Margot James MP, for their work in promoting entrepreneurial spirit as part of the Enterprising Britain Awards. The Enterprising Britain Awards are part of the Government’s drive to increase entrepreneurial activity in the UK.
Annette has worked tirelessly for youth entrepreneurship in the Vale and across South Wales, dividing her time between her business, Taskforce Paintball in Cowbridge, her role as Bursary Officer at the Council, and also her work as a Big Ideas Wales Mentor.
Along with her predecessor in the Bursary Officer role Natasha, Annette runs the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Inspiring the Vale Bursary Scheme with the support of the Waterloo Foundation. The scheme has seen 50 young people across the Vale supported with business start-up grants of up to £3,000.
Cllr Lis Burnett, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Education, said: “Apart from access to finance we know that support and role models are essential to the success of would-be entrepreneurs. I am delighted that Annette’s expertise and that of Natasha before her has been recognised nationally. Both are entrepreneurs themselves which gives them a specific insight into the challenges facing young entrepreneurs.
“Although the bursary scheme is now fully committed, Annette will continue in her role supporting the young bursary recipients along with developing a project in 2017 which will see businesses and residents support each other, tapping into the wealth of entrepreneurial knowledge we know exists within the Vale.”