New award will recognise young achievers

The award committee and Nexus members are pictured at their weekly meeting on Friday.
The award committee and Nexus members are pictured at their weekly meeting on Friday.

A LOCAL business group has launched its bid to recognise the area’s young people for their services to their employers, communities or individuals.

BNI (Business Network International) Nexus launched the award, which carries a £1,000 prize, three years ago. Formerly the Young Employee of the Year Award, this year it has returned in a slightly different form with nominations being sought from a wider group.

Now the Nexus Young Achiever Award, the competition is still open to young people in Angus and the Mearns aged 16 to 25 but it aims to recognise those who have demonstrated excellence in any way.

BNI Nexus consists of 30 local members, all of them are professionals in different business categories, who work closely together to promote trustworthy business referrals through word-of-mouth. The group meets every Friday morning in the Park Hotel.

Spokeswoman Kirsten Tomlinson said nominations can be made according to several criteria including volunteer, employee, carer, hero and courage. Family, friends and members of the public, as well as employers, are now being invited to submit nominations.

She said: “So many young people deserve to be recognised for many different reasons. For example, perhaps they have gone the extra mile in their workplace, given up their time to volunteer, cared for a relative, shown courage in the face of adversity, or have demonstrated an act of heroism.

“In fact, whatever these young people have done, or are doing, if they deserve to be recognised for their achievements, they deserve to be nominated for this £1,000 award.”

Further information and nomination forms are available by e-mailing Kirsten at or by calling 01674 677270/07749 827812. The closing date for nominations is October 31.