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SFEDI Executive Chair awarded MBE

  • General News
  • 28th August 2017

IoSCM would like to congratulate SFEDI’s Executive Chair, Ruth Lowbridge for receiving her MBE earlier this month.

Ruth was presented with her MBE for her services to Entrepreneurs and UK business. This is a fantastic achievement and well deserved recognition for a woman who strives to help entrepreneurs reach their dreams.

She said: “I feel very honoured to receive this award in recognition of my work, which I couldn’t possibly have done or continued to do without the support of my wonderful family and the whole of the SFEDI team. Inspired by my mother, I have always strived to encourage new and existing small and micro business owners to make the most of themselves by developing their enterprising skills.”

Her early career began within some of the UK’s most deprived communities to promote and improve skills training amongst young people. She’s also worked with prisoners before their release to increase their potential for success when re-entry society through training and employment.

Ruth

It’s clear to see that Ruth has followed in her mother’s footsteps. Ruth’s mother, Mary Pattie ran a successful boarding school for ten years and established her own baby linen and wool shop. Surrounded by such business minded and strong role models whilst growing up, it’s no wonder Ruth took the Executive Chair position at SFEDI more than a decade ago.

But as someone from a modest background, growing up in Hartlepool Ruth is clearly very humbled and honoured to receive her much deserved MBE. She said: “I’m extremely proud and humbled in this way. When I received the offer letter, I actually thought they must have mistaken me for someone much more important! However, it does prove that with the right support and determination anything is possible-who could have guessed that the girl with the school report that always said ‘could do better’ actually would!”

IoSCM is a member of the SFEDI Awards approved partner network and operates under SFEDI’s Awards delivery and quality assurance requirements. This partnership allows us to present our students with certificates featuring the SFEDI awards logo along with being officially titled in the Ofqual Register under SFEDI Awards.

Congratulations once again Ruth!

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