Shrewsbury Business Woman Praises Talented Youngsters

A Shrewsbury
businesswoman has praised the entrepreneurial talent of Shropshire’s young people and is urging businesses to do
more to retain local skills. Katy Jones,
managing director of IT firm Network Support Solutions, said businesses needed
to capitalise on the talent of young people by creating more jobs to keep them
in Shropshire. Her comments
follow the 2016 Shropshire Young Enterprise Awards ceremony held at the Park
Inn Hotel in Telford on May 5th 2016.

She said:
“Young people from across the county were rewarded for their achievements and
it was a wonderful evening. It was
fantastic to be part of such an inspirational evening and I was extremely
impressed with the professionalism of Shropshire’s young people. Their
business ideas are original and innovative and we are very fortunate to have
such a talented generation of youngsters. Businesses
across the county should be doing what they can to retain this kind of talent
in Shropshire by creating job opportunities and apprenticeships for school
leavers. It would be
such a shame to lose such passionate individuals to other areas of the country
because of a shortage of suitable jobs.”

Ms Jones,
who has been successfully running NSS, located at Shrewsbury Business Park, for
the past 18 years with business partner Paul Coulthard-Jones, sponsored the
award for Best Use of ICT.

The accolade
was won by Young Enterprise company Global Gourmet, which published a book of
recipes called ‘Around the World in Eighty Desserts’.

applied their ICT skills in the production of the book, producing 155 pages of
illustrated recipes. A range of software was used in the running of the company
and a website was constructed to help market the book as well as various social
media platforms.

The team
from Holy Trinity Academy and Sixth Form in Priorslee, Telford, also scooped
awards for Best Presentation and Best Presentation on the night and went onto
be named Shropshire Company of the Year.

Ms Jones
said: “It was a real honour to present this award to such a talented team of
youngsters. They have demonstrated real hard work and dedication and I wish
them every success in the West Midlands final.”