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Young Enterprise volunteer wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Ian Smith with students from Surbiton High School

Young Enterprise volunteer and Richmond and Kingston Board member Ian Smith has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion.

The Award is presented to individuals who have played an important role in promoting enterprise skills and supporting entrepreneurs.

This could be by giving up their time to help potential entrepreneurs in education or in starting a business, or by working in education, training or youth work to help provide others with enterprise skills.

Ian, who is Vice Principal at Surbiton High School, sits on the Young Enterprise Board and is very involved in the Free the Children charity, was nominated by Young Enterprise link teacher Kate Sharp.

The judging panel made a recommendation to the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee, who made a final recommendation to HM The Queen, who decided the winners.

Ian has been invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace to receive his award. He said of the news: “I am humbled and thrilled to receive the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion. It is a lovely acknowledgement for essentially having the opportunity to promote my passion for enterprise and social entrepreneurship in the context of teaching.

“I have worked as a volunteer for Young Enterprise alongside thousands of other willing link teachers and advisors to provide pupils with an insight into business and an awareness of purpose and how to develop their talents and skills through learning by doing.

“I hope to continue to promote enterprise and social entrepreneurship with Young Enterprise and contribute to making the next fifty years as successful as its first!”