The award was made at a recent Club meeting during which the three finalists made presentations to members describing how they have built up their businesses to ensure sustainability. This is the fifth time the event has been run and all three of this year’s finalists demonstrated successful businesses, making judging very difficult.

Simon Bethel of Perfect Pave, a company specialising in driveways, patios, and block paving was voted the Cheddar Valley Young Businessperson of the Year by the Rotary Club of Mendip. . Starting his business at 19 he now employs 12 staff.

Sharon Lewis of Essence Hairdressing in Wedmore was another of the finalists who, since taking over the business in 2012, has developed it particularly in the field of wedding and bridal styling, self-funded the refurbishment of her premises, and increased the turnover.

Daniel Eade, was also a finalist. He is Managing Director of The Isle of Wedmore Golf Club, and has a passion for catering which started when he was at school at Kings of Wessex. Since working at the golf club, he has supervised the complete refurbishment of the club house and is responsible for all 20 staff who work there.

Young Businessperson 1a                    Young Businessperson 2b


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