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Lord Sugar’s apprentice to compere Cotswold Life EMI Awards

PUBLISHED: 13:37 22 July 2015 | UPDATED: 12:57 17 September 2015

Lee McQueen

Lee McQueen


Lee McQueen, who gained national attention after winning the BBC’s 2008 Apprentice series, will compere the 2015 Cotswold Life Engineering, Manufacturing & Innovation (EMI) Awards.

He joins the already announced honoured keynote speaker Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, chairman and founder of WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group), at the black tie awards dinner, being held at Cheltenham Town Hall on September 17.


Since winning The Apprentice, Lee has established himself as a respected entrepreneur with his Oxfordshire based sales recruitment business, Raw Talent Academy. The company that creates sales academies for organisations looking for entry level sales talent - who will go on to become future sales leaders - is now a multi-million pound turnover business with local and international clients. The company was recently named as Small Business of the Year in Oxfordshire with Lee being named Young Business Person of the Year as well.


Prior to founding Raw Talent Academy and following him winning The Apprentice, Lee worked closely with Lord Sugar. Along with Lord Sugar’s son Simon, he built a business from scratch, learning to understand manufacturing and tooling, and doing a £5 million deal with BP in the first seven months. Amscreen is now Europe’s fastest growing digital outdoor advertising network.


The inaugural Cotswold Life Engineering, Manufacturing and Innovation (EMI) awards, celebrate and support a thriving industry across Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire.


Nicky Godding, Cotswold Life’s Business Editor, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that not only one of the country’s foremost authorities on manufacturing, Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, has agreed to speak at our awards, but a former Apprentice star who has built successful businesses in technology and recruitment has agreed to compere the evening.


“There is overwhelming support for these awards from across the region. Thousands of local people work in the industry and just as importantly in the supply chain too, and we are celebrating the huge contribution they make to the region, and to the UK economy.”


The Cotswolds Life EMI Awards are being supported by Innovate UK, The EEF, Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), The IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology), Business West, UKTI, Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) The Institute of Directors (IoD), MAS (South West Manufacturing Advisory Service) and WMG Centre High Value Manufacturing Catapult.


The Cotswolds is particularly rich in aerospace, automotive, pharmaceutical and renewable energy companies, but many other sectors are also represented.


For more information visit: emiawards.cotswoldlife.co.uk

Twitter @cotsbuiness #CotswoldEMI


Nicky Godding

Business Editor

Cotswold Life Business & Professional Magazine

Tel: 01285 653006

Mob: 07966 510401

Email: nicky@nickygodding.co.uk


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