Some of the biggest names in business in Bedfordshire are sponsoring Bedford College’s annual awards ceremony on Tuesday 28th November.
Riverside, the multi-million pound hotel, cinema and restaurant development which sits on the North of the Great Ouse opposite Bedford College, is among them, plus the Harpur Centre which houses national retail brands and the BedfordBID which represents 500+ businesses in the town centre which benefit from the custom of campus staff and students.
In addition, Bluegreen Design Consultants are enhanced sponsors. They have worked with The Bedford College Group for multiple branding projects including the Bedford College Academies Trust and its two new schools at Wixams, The Bedford Sixth Form and Tresham College in Northants.
These add to scores of other companies who sponsor awards across all categories presented at the Bedford Corn Exchange by Principal and CEO Ian Pryce CBE and his team.
Each year 750 students and their families pack into the venue to celebrate their many successes. These are only a percentage of the 20,000 students working with The Bedford College Group to improve their life chances through education and training. These range from 16+ students swapping school for career-orientated courses, to those taking A Levels and heading for first choice universities, there is an enormous range of employment-related courses and Higher Education for those wanting to obtain a degree.
Ian Pryce CBE said: “We are tremendously grateful for the support of our local community in joining us in celebrating our biggest and best awards ever. Since the merger with Tresham in the summer, The Bedford College Group is now No 1 in the region and the 12th largest college in the UK. We are helping to put Bedford on the UK map.”
“We are delighted to have been sponsoring these awards for over a decade. It is great to be involved with the annual celebration and achievements of the students. Bedford College should be proud of their on-going successes!”
“We have first-hand experience of the high calibre of the students from Bedford College, having worked with them as part of the Riverside Bedford launch event. Riverside Bedford is delighted to be a sponsor of the awards and joins the College in celebrating and applauding the dedication, determination and hard work of these students.”
BedfordBID Director Christina Rowe said:
“Bedford College is a huge supporter of businesses, both as a payer of the BID levy and big buyer of our Love Bedford gift vouchers, which have put £1 MILLION back into town centre tills. Their staff and students are a weekday boon for businesses as they flood in to spend.”
Sam Laycock Harpur Centre Manager:
“We are all thrilled at the Harpur Centre to sponsor the Bedford College awards for the first time this year. This is our 40th Anniversary year of being the heart of Bedford’s shopping offer so have witnessed thousands of students pass through our doors as both visitors and employees. We are proud to celebrate and support the students’ achievements.”