Driscolls Antiques Ltd is proud to announce we are the 2015 winners of the EDF Energy Award for Newcomer SME of the Year, North West – Liverpool, Cumbria and Lancashire at the prestigious apprenticeship awards held at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool.

The National Apprenticeship Awards, now in their 12th year, celebrate the success of the country’s most exceptional apprentices and apprenticeship employers. The awards challenge top apprenticeship employers and apprentices across England to come forward and show how apprenticeships have made a real difference to their organisation and careers.

North West – Liverpool, Cumbria and Lancashire’s winners and highly commended entries were announced at a high profile awards ceremony on October 12th organised by the National Apprenticeship Service, which was held at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool.

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James and Rebecca Driscoll (company directors) receiving the award

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daniel, rebecca, james

(Pictured Above – Daniel Gower, Rebecca Driscoll and James Driscoll)

We were so proud to have won, as we are only a small business up against so many larger companies.

We first took on our apprentice Daniel Gower over three years ago and he has completed level 2 and 3 qualifications. We taught him very skilled traditional methods of restorations that are fast becoming a dying trade. He took to the job so well and is now a fully trained antique furniture restorer. We have now taken on our second apprentice James Gower and Daniel is going to pass on this skilful trade by helping to teach him. This way we are keeping traditional skill sets alive and growing our business with a keen highly skilled workforce.

We have now been nominated for the national awards, so we are keeping our fingers crossed!