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John Grose Group’s Ian Twinley extols importance of young people ahead of Suffolk Coast Business Event

PUBLISHED: 07:02 19 June 2017

Enterprise Explorers visit John Grose to learn about the world of work. Picture: JL WILMORE

Enterprise Explorers visit John Grose to learn about the world of work. Picture: JL WILMORE

J L Willmore

An award-winning Suffolk businessman is hoping to share his experiences of mentoring young people in the county with the wider business community at a major conference event later this month.

Ian Twinley, chairman of John Grose Group, will be key note speaker at the Suffolk Coast Business Event. Picture: JOHN GROSEIan Twinley, chairman of John Grose Group, will be key note speaker at the Suffolk Coast Business Event. Picture: JOHN GROSE

Ian Twinley, chairman of the John Grose Group, recently welcomed a group of young “Enterprise Explorers” at the dealership in Framlingham.

The project, led by Fresh Aspirations, aims to give young people hands on experience in the world of work, gaining new skills and a greater understanding of the opportunities available in the county.

Mr Twinley, an 18-time winner of the Ford Chairman’s award for customer satisfaction, was able to inspire the young visitors with his own success story, having started his own career as an engineering trainee on an apprenticeship at Ford in 1970.

“From humble beginnings as a trainee, learning valuable skills and building great career foundations, followed by a number of appointments with Ford in the UK, Europe and the USA, my journey took dedication and plenty of effort, and of course was both exciting and very rewarding,” he said.

“But when I reflect on that journey, it was all about being given the opportunities to shine and discover how much I really was capable of.

“It was about people embracing my ideas and energy to not only benefit the business, but to develop me as a person and employee.

“To create opportunities for young people along with that all important element of inspiration is very important to me and to John Grose Group as a whole.”

He said he was keen to help other young people start their own career journey and open their eyes to the options available.

As key note speaker at the Suffolk Coast Business Event later this month, Mr Twinley is hoping to share his views on how to include and value fresh ideas from younger minds with the conference delegates.

The next series of Enterprise Explorer Days takes place from Monday, August 7, when young people will be able to spend days at the East Anglian Daily Times, Suffolk County Council and MyGO.

The Suffolk Coast Business Event is on Wednesday, June 28, at Ufford Park Hotel an Spa. Visit here to book a place.

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