Carly says YES as she wins national award

Dinton's Carly Ward
Dinton's Carly Ward

A businesswoman from Dinton has been honoured at the National Diversity Awards.

Carly Ward, 24, was successful in the Entrepreneur of Excellence Award for Age category.

The event is Britain’s largest annual diversity awards ceremony and was held in Leeds.

Miss Ward won the award, beating off competition from an original list of 4,500 nominees.

She started her business, Young Entrepreneurs Success Ltd (YES) aged just 19, where she wrote training programmes for young people to learn self-starter and life skills.

The programmes are now Government funded and also a nationally recognised qualification. Miss Ward received the award for her work in launching the YES Network, which began in April 2011.

It is the first membership- based network for young entrepreneurs under 35. She said: “I have accepted the award on behalf of the next generation of entrepreneurs.

“The award recognises my continued hard work and challenge in helping our education system to implement entrepreneurial learning and create more employers.”

Miss Ward set up the network so that young entrepreneurs had a place to meet up, make connections and be inspired by each other’s work.

She said: “I am delighted at how the YES Network is progressing and I am looking forward to launching it in Stoke, Birmingham and Liverpool over the next six months.”

Miss Ward is also working with some budding entrepreneurs closer to home.

She added: “I am mentoring a young girl from Mandeville School who is looking to exploit a gap in the market by opening a shop selling Asian products and clothes.

“I am also working with former Stoke Mandeville School student Josh Sharp who I am taking on as an apprentice, so that is also very exciting for us.”