Paul Bence, the new managing director of independent builders merchant George Bence & Sons has been awarded Young Business Person of the Year.
The award was made at the Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo Business Awards at a ceremony at Cheltenham Racecourse. The category was open to young (under 35 years old) entrepreneurs enjoying success in building their own business, and to young employees that have had an outstanding impact in contributing to the successes of a larger organisation.
The finalists needed to demonstrate ambition, energy, skill and vision, as well as tangible business success.
Within the space of two weeks, bence wi0n the award, was promoted to the role of managing director of the family-run firm and his wife Anna gave birth to their first child, Ellie.
Bence said: “It has been an unbelievable few weeks for me on a personal note, and I couldn’t have done it without the hard work and support of my staff and close family. This is the beginning of a new chapter for me and I very much look forward to exciting times, both at home and in the workplace.”