Suffolk Business Awards: Business Education Questions and Answers

08:30 4 May 2022

The Corporate Education Award at Suffolk Business Awards 2022 is open to organizations that are committed to equipping people with the skills of today and tomorrow. Judge Claire Casbolt, head of business development at New Suffolk Collegetells us why she thinks education and training are essential to growth.

Why did you want to get involved in the Business Awards?

I want to promote corporate education and encourage ambitious people to achieve their goals while building a team with the required knowledge and skills.

I enjoy seeing the journey and success of those around me and would like to support them by getting involved in the awards.

What do you bring to the judging process?

An understanding of education but also a commercial sensitivity that will allow companies to evaluate projects and identify key talents when selecting the winner.

What were your previous experiences as a judge?

I really enjoyed judging the Young Business Person Award at the Suffolk Business Awards 2020 and was inspired and impressed by all the nominees.

I also helped judge the Education in Business award in 2021, which again brought inspiring educational planning to the fore.

What inspires you in business?

See the diversity of businesses in the region and how they approach their business models.

Claire Casbolt, Business Development Manager at Suffolk New College
– Credit: Suffolk New College

Do you have any anecdotes about moments that changed your business strategy?

In my previous role, I wrote a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) offer to become an Approved Apprenticeship Training Provider. Although my roles have been employer-focused for most of my career, this experience has given me insight into the financial impact of training and the quality required to deal with financial audit and Ofsted inspections.

Why should companies take the time to participate in this award?

It’s a way to share best practices and get recognition and praise for your hard work. You can also inspire others to pause, review, and expand educational opportunities within their own organization.

What advice would you give to a company considering entering?

Review your background and envision your five-year plan, incorporating any training you may need to achieve your goals so judges have a clear view of your mission.

Award criteria

This award is open to companies of all shapes and sizes that are committed to developing the skills of their employees or potential employees.

Judges will be looking for an organization that goes beyond its business needs to equip people with the skills of the future. The winner of this award will put practices or procedures in place to enable the next generation to succeed.

To enter the Education in Business Award category at the Suffolk Business Awards 2022, visit the website at

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