25th October, 2016
James Cox was the 2016 recipient of the Young Employee of the Year Award that he collected at the prestigious Somerset Business Awards ceremony in Taunton on 21st October.
Supported by family and friends at the event, James (20) was rewarded for two years of exceptional progress and development at the Society, including contributing to a 20% increase in sponsorship income for the Royal Bath & West Show and developing a Next Generation programme where he is working with over 100 young people; who it is hoped will be the future of the South West’s premier agricultural show.
James joined the Bath & West in January 2015 as part of his “gap year” but the first six months went so well he remained and is now studying for an HND in Business & Management at Yeovil College on a day-release basis while covering a maternity leave in the marketing department to further his experience and education.
Chief Executive, Rupert Cox, who nominated James said:
“This is just reward for James who has made a major contribution to the Society since he joined us. It is also a feather in the cap of the Society as it is our first Somerset Business Award. We are working hard to develop our committed workforce and to bring more young people into the business so we hope this award for James is the start of many for the organisation”
On receiving his award, James said:
“I really enjoy working for the Royal Bath & West Show as it is the best in England as far as I am concerned. I would like to thank Rupert for nominating me for the award and to my manager, Alan Lyons, for supporting me during my first two years with the Society. I hope my studies will give me the skills I need to work for the Society for many years to come”