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New award for schools that make a difference


By Features Reporter


Being part of the community is something that’s important to Inverness solicitors and estate agents Innes & Mackay – that’s why the firm wants to help find a champion.

Readers of five SPP Media newspapers across the north of Scotland are being encouraged to nominate their local heroes across 14 categories in this year’s Highland Heroes awards, which are now in their third year.

Sarah Lilley, director at Innes & Mackay, said: “The community champion of the year award celebrates an individual who has made a significant contribution to their community.

“This award really resonated with us, as it goes hand in hand with the ethos here at Innes & Mackay – to give back to the local area in any additional way we can.

“We have been established as a firm for 145 years this year, and as a recognised name we have a great platform to work from and feel it is our responsibility to support the local area, to give something back and show our appreciation to our wonderful clients.”

Sarah Lilley, director at Innes & Mackay, which is sponsoring the community champion category at the Highland Heroes 2019. Photo: John Paul Photography
Sarah Lilley, director at Innes & Mackay, which is sponsoring the community champion category at the Highland Heroes 2019. Photo: John Paul Photography

Giving time is what the community champion category is all about. We are looking for somebody who has made a real difference by making a significant contribution to their community.

There is also a new category at this year’s Highland Heroes for schools in recognition that it is not only individuals but teams of people who make a difference in our communities.

Schools often go above and beyond to support young people and give them the opportunity to learn and develop, which is something Aldi knows all about. That is why the supermarket is pleased to be sponsoring the award.

Richard Holloway, regional director for Aldi’s Bathgate region, said: “It’s an honour to be able to sponsor the school of the year category at the 2019 Highland Heroes awards.

“At Aldi, we provide amazing careers for everyone, no matter your age, qualifications or previous experience – as long as you’re friendly, hard-working and dedicated, then you’re perfect for Aldi.

“We also pride ourselves in being able to offer ample opportunities for those wishing to continue with their education and develop essential skills while working.

“For example, during the Career Starter Aldi Store Apprenticeship, candidates can work towards gaining their literacy and numeracy qualifications, while also achieving a Grade 2 retailer qualification and simultaneously launching a career with the UK’s fifth largest supermarket.”

Aldi regional director Richard Halloway said the supermarket is proud to sponsor school of the year.
Aldi regional director Richard Halloway said the supermarket is proud to sponsor school of the year.

To nominate somebody you feel deserves recognition in these or any category, fill in and return the form below or email it to heroes@spp-group.com

You can also nominate online at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HighlandHeroes2019

The deadline for nominations is midnight on Saturday, August 31.

A judging panel will draw up a shortlist in each category before readers are given the opportunity to vote for their favourites.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness on Thursday, November 7.



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