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CHSA 2021 Undergraduate Bursary winners announced

After completing almost their entire A Level courses under the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, three talented young people have good reason to celebrate.

Chloe Dunn, Phoebe Stevenson, and Molly Black have been selected as the winning recipients of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association’s (CHSA) Undergraduate Bursaries for 2021.

The CHSA rejuvenated its Undergraduate Bursary Scheme in 2016. Since then, 11 young people have benefited from the Bursary while at university. It is worth £4500 to each successful applicant, £1500 being paid at the start of each academic year or the first three years if the degree is longer.

Applicants were assessed by a Judging Panel, led by CHSA Vice President and Treasurer David Garcia, according to need, worthiness, endeavour, and overall performance.

David Garcia, the driving force behind the CHSA Bursary, said: “Young people have had a tough time during the pandemic. We are delighted to offer something positive, awarding bursaries to Chloe, Phoebe and Molly. In some small part we are helping to set these three young people on their way to meaningful careers.

“All the applicants exhibited hard work and a determination to achieve. We were also impressed by their contribution to their wider communities. With 11 applicants for three bursaries, it was inevitable some would be disappointed. The margins were very small so making the final decision was incredibly challenging. Those who were not selected should feel proud of all they have achieved to date and the way in which they presented themselves to the panel.

“We wish the final three, and all the applicants, every success at university and in their future careers.”

Chloe Dunn, whose father works at Cleenol Group, is heading to university to study midwifery. She currently works part time in domiciliary care, with people of different ages and abilities. She has a track record of raising money for charity, which has included taking part in the Catherine House Hospice Walk. She has volunteered at a local primary school, helped to lead and train young netball players at her secondary school and organised play-led learning activities for five- and six-year-olds on camp.

Phoebe Stevenson’s parents work for The Merton Group. Having been a young leader at Guides for many years, Phoebe is going to university to study to become a primary school teacher. Part of her college charity group, Phoebe has raised money for charities including Cancer Research and Save the Children. She is fiercely independent and intends to continue working throughout her degree.

Molly Black is a determined and independent young woman who is going to Sheffield Hallam University to study Business and Management. Molly has worked part time in the hospitality industry for two years, achieving Best New Starter in her first six months. Molly intends to use the Bursary to support her financial independence. She has many inspiring female role models, including her mother, who works for SC Johnson Professional.

Double win for Bio-D

Green cleaning company Bio-D is celebrating after claiming award wins in two different parts of the business.

In addition to being awarded the title of ‘Manufacturer of the Year (under £25m)’ at this year’s Insider Made in Yorkshire Awards, Bio-D has also been announced as one of the UK’s ‘Best Small Workplaces for Women’ in this year’s Best Workplaces list, published by Great Place to Work UK.

The Made in Yorkshire Awards celebrates all that’s great about the manufacturing industry. Bio-D also secured 9th on this year’s Best Workplaces for Women’s small businesses list, with the recognition following an employee survey and culture audit of the organisation’s programmes

and practices. With a current workforce of 41, 49% of staff at Bio-D are female, with 66% of the higher management team identifying as female.

Lloyd Atkin, Bio-D’s Managing Director, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been recognised both for our manufacturing excellence, and for creating a great workplace for women.

“The Made in Yorkshire Award win was well deserved by the Bio-D team, especially after the past year when production pressures increased in line with demand. I am extremely proud of the team for going above and beyond in their roles, which I believe is reflected perfectly with the award win.”

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