21 April 2012

The Queen's Awards for Wales Enterprise Promotion 2012

The Queen's Awards for Enterprise has recognised Carmel Gahan with an award for a lifetime achievement.

Ms Carmel Gahan is a Welsh speaking Irishwoman from Cork which moved to Wales in 1975, and now has become the first Irish citizen to win such a prestigious award. Many people have described her as an inspiration to entrepreneurs across South Wales for more than 30 years.

Following the announcement she stated: “I am really thrilled and honoured to have been recognised for this award, news of which came as a huge surprise to me. This award is thanks to all the wonderful people and businesses that I have worked with in Wales over the years. I love helping people to achieve their dreams and making a difference to their lives. My work is geared to helping people to start and sustain businesses and to become better business leaders to create and safeguard jobs. The work is a reward in itself, as it is satisfying to know that I have helped to create businesses and sustain hundreds of jobs over the years, which are vital to families and communities. “

Currently, as an advisor for the Welsh Government’s flagship Workforce Development Programme, An Advisor on the Investors in People Body, furthermore also a mentor on the High Potential Start Programme in Wales.

She was nominated for the Queen’s Award by her former project manager at g2e, Jacqui Niven, who is now a director of Fix Training in Cardiff.

Jacqui Niven a director of Fix Training in Cardiff commented Ms Gahan recognition as: “Carmel was at the forefront of entrepreneurship education in Wales long before policy was implemented. Since 1980, she has kept at the coalface of enterprise in Wales, working directly with around 1,800 clients, always encouraging them to think big and grow, impacting the Welsh and UK economy.  She is undoubtedly an unsung hero of business support in Wales.

In over 30 years of pioneering work, fostering a culture of entrepreneurship in Wales, she has inspired and nurtured hundreds of entrepreneurs and has only ever secured the spotlight on their behalf. She has genuinely devoted a lifetime to promoting enterprise in Wales and thoroughly deserves recognition for her achievement.”

Original Source: WalesOnline