Bristol-based timber company celebrates business award with an extra-special appointment
Bristol-based timber and panel supply specialist Clarks Wood has celebrated winning a major business award – with the appointment of an extra-special new member of staff.
The company, which has been supplying timber to the city of Bristol and beyond for more than 200 years, was the Contribution to the Community category winner at the recent Bristol Post Business Awards.
Clarks Wood won the award for its policy in providing employment and training opportunitites for local people with a learning disability.
It was also the first business in the city to work with Bristol Mencap in helping people with a learning disability to develop life-changing work-based skills as part of the charity’s national APT Awards qualification organisation.
Thirty-year-old Aaron Smith, who lives near the historic Clarks Wood timber yard in Silverthorne Lane, was the first candidate on the city’s APT programme. And to help mark the winning of the Bristol Post Business Award, Aaron has now been given a permanent job at the yard following his three-month course in work preparation.
Clarks Wood depot manager, Phill Steadman, made the announcement of Aaron’s first ever paid permanent job after picking up his company’s Contribution to the Community award at a special ceremony in the Passenger Shed in the city.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have won such a prestigious award,” said Phill. “But we are also delighted to be able to celebrate the achievement by providing Aaron with his first ever permanent job, a position he thoroughly deserves.
“Aaron not only proved to be a very capable and conscientious member of our yard team, but I can honestly say he has made – and will now continue to make – a real contribution to our business.”