Northamptonshire Business Awards 2018 Apprentice of the Year

Evie receives her award from Dan Harding of Starting Off Winner: Evie Underwood Sponsored by

The title of Apprentice of the Year went to Evie Underwood of NRG Illumination Ltd. The ambitious, young professional stood to rapturous applause as she collected her trophy, which was sponsored by Starting Off. She admitted: “I think my heart stopped for a

little bit!” at the announcement. Although a relatively new company, the


management of NRG has been involved in lighting for a long time and has a combined experience in the market stretching over 50 years. From humble beginnings in the 110V market they have expanded into bespoke manufacturing for a number of prestigious clients, predominantly in London, to complement its range of standard 240V LED fittings.

Andrew Glenn, Sales & Operations Executive, ID Card Centre Ltd ID Card Centre Ltd is a leading reseller and distributor of all mainstream identity and access control products and solutions, including badge printers, consumables, software and accessories such as personalised lanyards. Its customers receive unrivalled product support, technical knowledge and services. From its Moulton Park premises it provides design and printing services for customers requiring innovative, high-tech ID cards and badges. It has recently launched a secure shredding service to help customers dispose of unwanted plastic cards and printer ribbons in a way that complies with data protection regulations and is environmentally friendly.

Eleni Neophitou, Quantity Surveyor, CS2 Chartered Surveyors CS2 are building surveying and cost consultancy experts, delivering a vast range of services across all sectors of industry. With over 20 years’ expertise and offices based in Northampton, Milton Keynes, London, Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester, CS2 are proud to offer the most flexible and efficient service possible. CS2 are extremely proud of their client base which ranges from local agents, landlords, tenants, retailers, fund managers, investors and major financial institutions. CS2’s team of 80-plus commercial property experts are committed to saving their client’s time and money, ultimately ensuring they receive consistent and reliable advice, every time.

What the judges said

“Evie is already having a substantial influence on her organisation. She has successfully taken on large

projects that would not normally be expected of someone, so early in their career, to handle.”

Evie believes it is her dedication and ambition

that helped her take the Apprentice of the Year title. She said: “I think I won because of what I’ve done for the business, as opposed to myself. A lot of it is very male orientated so being female, very young and pregnant makes it very hard to shine, but I’ve really tried. I’ve done things over and above normal apprenticeships, going through level 3, 4 and 5.” The Apprentice of the Year award recognises

a rising star who will become a business leader of tomorrow. Open to all current or past apprentices aged 16–25 years old who demonstrate they have made an exceptional contribution to their workplace. The award was sponsored by Starting Off.


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