Award Winning at Bees Knees

Earlier this year, Enchanted Forest were announced as finalists in the Greenock Chamber Bee’s Knees Awards and on Friday 10th June, we were delighted to win two highly contested categories. The awards were open to businesses operating in Inverclyde. Winners were awarded a crystal trophy and a certificate.

To our delight, our Inverkip nursery manager won the ‘Emerging Young Talent’ Award – sponsored by Inverclyde Council.  Sarah Lowe started her career with Enchanted Forest in 2007 as an Early Years Educator and has paved a very successful journey to Nursery Manager of Enchanted Forest Inverkip. She has been instrumental in the success of the Inverkip nursery and continually sets high standards, proving herself as a very positive role model. Very driven, it is important to Sarah that her team deliver the best outcomes Bee's Knees IC - Sarah Lowefor children. She works relentlessly with local families, ensuring they have the necessary confidence in Enchanted Forest, allowing them to collaboratively nurture and develop their children. Enchanted Forest Inverkip has been recognised as the Top 10 Recommended Day Nurseries in Scotland, a direct result of her vision and leadership.

Sarah is a worthy winner who commented “I feel very honoured to win this award particularly when I was aware of the huge talent in this category, well done to all the finalists. I would like to thank Bernie, Mariessa and Enchanted Forest for their ongoing support in developing my career, as well as my team. I love my job and improving outcomes for the children in our nursery every day.”

Best Performing Large Business – sponsored by Riverside Inverclyde.  Enchanted Forest faced stiff competition in this category originally shortlisted alongside Ferguson’s Marine, Calmac, Peelports, Quarriers and Enterprise Childcare, making it into the final top three with Enterprise Childcare and Ferguson’s Marine.  The team were genuinely surprised to hear their name announced on the evening but were delighted to have been recognised as a positive employer who is leaving a local legacy.

Bee's Knees ri - EFNMariessa Devlin, Managing Director commented ‘This was a huge accolade for our teamand one we are incredibly proud of, as it directly recognises the efforts of our full staff team.  We still feel we are a small business but have been commended for the extensive employment opportunities and ongoing focus on training for the local people of Inverclyde. Our staff have a passion for working with children and our children make our jobs all that easier.  We would like to thank our parents and the local business community for their ongoing support.

Other Bee’s Knees 2016 category winners:

Emerging Young Talent – sponsored by premier partner Inverclyde Council
Winner – Sarah Lowe of Enchanted Forest Early Learning

Best Performing Large Business – sponsored by premier partner Riverside Inverclyde
Winner – Enchanted Forest Early Learning

Best Performing Medium Business – sponsored by Caledonian MacBrayne
Winner – Holiday Inn Express

Best Performing Small Business – sponsored by Business GatewayBee's Knees Group
Winner – Scotcrest

Manufacturer or Producer of the Year – sponsored by Kip Marina
Winner – Ferguson Marine Engineering Ltd

Excellence in Customer Focus – sponsored by University of the West of Scotland
Winner – Ardgowan Hospice

Excellence in Marketing & Communications – sponsored by Oak Mall Shopping Centre
Winner – Quarriers

Excellence in Skills and Learning – sponsored by West College Scotland
Winner – Ferguson Marine Engineering Ltd

Best Use of New Technology or Innovation – sponsored by Auto-Tec Scotland Ltd
Winner – RIG Arts

Inverclyde Goes Global – sponsored by Texas Instruments (UK) Ltd
Peel Ports – Clydeport