Samuel-James Wilson has been picked out of hundreds of small businesses for the shortlist of the national Nectar Business Small Business Awards 2013.
You may recognise his name as being the founder of The Apprentice-Ship who we interviewed for our blog earlier this year.
Samuel-James is biting his nails as he waits to hear if he will win the Tradesperson of the Year award. As well as the accolade, the winner will receive £2,000 cash, and 50,000 Nectar points. No doubt he is also keen to meet the star of BBC1’s The Apprentice, Karren Brady, who is one of the expert panel judging the candidates. She will be giving advice to the winner at the Nectar Business Round Table event, which will take place in September 2013.
Other judges include James Frost who is Nectar’s Marketing Director, David Hughes Marketing Director of Brakes, and Chris Li, who is the founder of Luxury For Less and was the winner of the Nectar Business Small Business of the Year Award in 2012.
Samuel-James commented: “I entered the Nectar Business Small Business Award in the hope that I might gain some professional recognition for my work from a respected and trusted organisation and I am delighted to have been shortlisted. I have a real desire to convey to young people that failing to achieve academic success at school does not always mean it’s the end, if you have the passion and drive then you can still achieve great things through other avenues of education and training. Attending the round table and being able to get first hand advice from the likes of Karren Brady about my business is priceless and I have a very strong need to share this for the greater good. The £2,000 prize money and 50,000 Nectar points will go towards expanding my company and website, including more outlets for young people to find a career within the construction industry.”
Those that read our earlier blog will know that Samuel left school with no qualifications, but when he successfully completed a bricklaying apprenticeship he realised he had found his vocation. In June last year he gained a place on the Prince’s Foundation Heritage NVQ and the experience gave him the confidence to fulfil his dream to set up on his own, which he did earlier this year.
Samuel has bold objectives for his company, he explains “The company Apprentice-Ship, has been created to look after the past for the future and it strives for perfection using only correct and traditional techniques”. He shares DIY Doctors passion for helping to improve the standards within the building industry and to help customers avoid cowboy builders. Find out more about avoiding cowboy builders in DIY Doctors Home Improvers Protection section.
Samuel-James’ way of getting rid of ‘cowboy builders’ is to improve the industry one apprentice at a time. He hopes that by passing on his knowledge and passion to his apprentices that they will in turn become as enthusiastic as he is about improving standards within the building industry. His blog has attracted huge interest and he is now please to be regarded by many young people as a role model. You can read more about the Apprentice-Ship on Samuel’s site.