Global entrepreneur inspires students at annual awards

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Top achievers at East Berkshire College were honoured by global entrepreneur Fraser Doherty MBE at the College's annual Stand Out Awards Ceremony on Thursday (11th June).

Owner of the multimillion pound brand SuperJam and the youngest ever supplier to a supermarket chain, Fraser was guest speaker at the prestigious event, which was held at the College's Langley College in Station Road.

The awards acknowledged the outstanding achievements of over 140 students, across both the Langley and Windsor colleges. Prizes were awarded for excellence, endeavour, achievement, service to the community and most promising student for each of the College's curriculum areas.

A delighted Heena Asghar (from Langley), received an award for most promising student for Travel & Tourism.

"It is amazing to be recognised with an award," said Heena. "Returning to college to study travel and tourism has been a great experience. This is not just a college, it's a community. The teachers are so supportive and they provide you with lots of great opportunities."

She continues: "Studying at college has been a positive step for me and I am hoping to stay on to do the foundation degree in hospitality and tourism management next. My ultimate goal is to work in the airline industry."

Another winner was journalist and former student Tim Cole, who won the coveted Alumni of the Year Award for his outstanding achievements since graduating in 1980 as well as his continued support for the College's Hospitality & Catering Academy. Since studying A Levels at the College, Tim has carved out a successful career in journalism and is currently editor of both the Slough Observer and Royal Borough Observer.

This year's special Team of the Year Award went to students and staff from the College's Construction Department for their outstanding contribution in helping to fit out their brand new learning facilities, which are part of the College's new STEM Project and Research centre for construction and engineering skills.

Fraser Doherty also gave an inspiring speech, talking about the unwavering determination that helped him start his own business at the age of 14 and develop a ground-breaking sugar-free jam recipe. A recipe for success that led to him selling his first products to Waitrose at 18 and now selling over a million jars each year across the world, from Russia to Australia. No stranger to awards himself, having received dozens of accolades from Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year to the John Logie Baird Innovation Award, Fraser has also established a charity to help elderly people living alone or in care called SuperJam Tea Parties.

The special evening event was attended by students, parents, teachers and local dignatries including Councillor Eileen Quick, Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, and Arvind Dhaliwal, Deputy Mayor of Slough. Hospitality and catering students served up a delicious range of canapés at the event, while performing arts students entertained guests.

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