Worshipful Company awards exceptional success

Published:  04 April, 2014

Student successes were highlighted at the recent Worshipful Company of Builders' Merchants City & Awards luncheon, with The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of London Fiona Woolf CBE in attendance.

The third annual City & Awards luncheon, held by the Worshipful Company of Builders' Merchants (WCoBM), took place at London's prestigious Cutlers Hall last month.

The event is an opportunity for the Company to show its support for training and education, celebrating the successes of its students. Attendees were given a tour of Cutlers Hall, then gathered for the luncheon and prizegiving ceremony.

The event was hosted by John Poore BEM, this year's Master of the Company. The day was made even more memorable due to the presence of The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of London Fiona Woolf CBE, who presented the prizes.

"The Awards let me do something I'm uniquely placed to do – shine a light on the good things that other people have done," she said. "It's a huge honour to be asked to present these awards. The great thing about builders' merchants is they cater for every conceivable need and sell a bit of everything. I want to congratulate everyone who has won and thank the Worshipful Company for giving us the chance to do so."

The WCoBM also presented the Lord Mayor with a cheque for £15,000 for the four charities she is supporting during her tenure as Mayor.

Three prizes were given out to students who have done exceptionally well in the Builders' Merchants Federation (BMF) Diploma in Merchanting. First prize went to Andrew Howard of Simpson & Allison. Mr Howard joined the company seven years ago with no merchant experience and now, with the help of the Diploma, has responsibility for the day-to-day running of his branch. His ambition is to one day become branch manager. Mr Howard received a tankard and a cheque for £1,000.

The second prize was given to Paul Pennick of MKM Building Supplies. Mr Pennick has used the BMF Diploma's modules to help him maximise his team's potential, as well as giving him the confidence to develop his own skills further. He received a tankard and a cheque for £500. Third prize went to Neil Graves of the Builders Merchant Company who, like the other prize winners, has done extremely well in the training. Mr Graves received a tankard and a cheque for £300.

The WCoBM is a long supporter of the Third Battalion, The Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment, making annual awards for the Best Soldier and Best Recruit, as well as contributing to the Battalion's expenses for outdoor equipment. This year's winners were Private Payne of D Company, and Private Burgess of B Company, respectively. Both received a silver figurine and a tankard.

Caitlin Subit, a senior Cadet at Beckenham & Penge Sea Cadet Corps of which the Rt Hon The Lord Mayor is Patron, also attended the luncheon to receive a specially inscribed plaque.

A special certificate and £250 cheque was given to Sub-Lieutenant George Tolley who commands the cadet unit and has also received the nationally recognised Captain Roddie Casement sword. Awards were also given to Takako Jin, a woodcarving graduate of the City & Guilds of London Art School; as well as the WCoBM’s resident pianist Jinah Shim, who is a piano student at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

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