We are beyond thrilled to announce that MD, Simon Pringle has won Business Person of the Year at the 2016 Gatwick Diamond Business Awards.
Kerry McKeown, Director with KPMG, who sponsored this coveted category said: “Simon’s proactive attitude has led to development not only of the business, but also a wealth of activity in the local community.
It is clear this year that our winner has been laying the foundations for a prosperous few years ahead. Equipping the team and setting them up to be agile, thus increasing the ease to which they can respond to larger projects.
The judges were also very impressed by the way in which the team are nurtured, giving them responsibility and also incentivising them. Overall Simon is an impressive individual, running a business we expect great things from.”
Over the last 12 months, in addition to it being the most commercially successful year for the business to date, Simon has been spearheading initiatives in the region to promote SME growth, recruit and retain talent; inspire young people by aligning traditional education with contemporary technology career opportunities and creating mentor-led digital and tech programmes and apprenticeships.
Over the last 12 months, in addition to it being the most commercially successful year of the business to date, Simon has been spearheading initiatives in the Gatwick Diamond region to promote SME growth, attract and retain talent, inspire young people by aligning traditional education with contemporary technology career opportunities and developing mentor-led digital and tech programmes and apprenticeships.
Simon was offered and accepted a place on the committee of the Gatwick Diamond Initiative in 2015 and has also taken on the role of lead for TeenTech in the Gatwick Diamond region – the award-winning national events programme co-founded by Maggie Philbin.
Simon said: “Winning Business Person of the Year, while obviously a fantastic recognition for me as an individual, marks the continued hard work of everyone at Red River and all that we have achieved, particularly, in the last year.
A great deal of time and energy, enthusiasm and innovation has gone into sustaining and building the business, democratically restructuring our teams and developing new initiatives that don’t always have a commercial impact, but help to keep the digital tech economy thriving in this region.
A successful business needs a thriving economic environment, a wealth of talent, a motivated team and something good to sell. I have made that our focus, more so in 2015/16 and am grateful for the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards team for recognising that.“
The prestigious awards ceremony took place on 17th March 2016 and marks another great year for the Gatwick Diamond region. You can see more here.