Air-IT Service Delivery Manager, Josh Turner was delighted to represent the East Midlands as a finalist for the Young Person in Business award category at the British Chamber of Commerce's (BCC) annual awards ceremony on Thursday 26th November.

Air-IT Chamber Awards

Held at The Brewery in London, these prestigious awards brought together businesses from across the UK to recognise excellence in British business.

Over 500 people attended the glittering ceremony which was hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter, Steph McGovern.

Host of the BCC Awards 2015

The Chamber Awards 2015 & host Steph McGovern on stage

Now in its 12th year, the awards ceremony is one of the showpiece events in the British business calendar.

Nora Senior, President of the BCC, commented:

These awards are the perfect opportunity to thank British businesses, of different size and sector, for their contribution to the UK’s economy. I am constantly impressed by the determination, innovation, and the contribution businesses make to their local communities.

I look forward to seeing the winners and finalists of our awards continue to prosper, creating more jobs and opportunities for our nation.

BCC President 2015

Nora Senior, BCC President speaking at the ceremony

Josh was among five other winners from the East Midlands region who were also celebrating as national finalists following regional success in six of the eight BCC category awards – testament to the strength of our local business community.

The Young Person in Business Award

Josh was put forward for the national finals after winning the Young Person in Business Award at the East Midlands Chamber Nottinghamshire Awards ceremony in September 2015, closely followed by a regional award in the same category with the BCC.Nottinghamshire Chamber Young Person in Business Award Winner


Josh celebrating his award at the East Midlands Chamber Nottinghamshire awards ceremony with Caroline Watson of category sponsor The Money Shop

The accolades recognise the significant contribution that a person under the age of 30 can make to the success of a business.

Since joining Air-IT in 2011, Josh has quickly risen through the ranks after starting out as a Technical Apprentice.

His potential was recognised at an early stage in 2012 when he was nominated as a finalist for two highly prestigious local and national awards – the Nottingham Post Business Awards Apprentice of the Year and the Microsoft Apprentice of the Year Award.

Since then, he has gone on to progress to the position of Service Delivery Manager overseeing a growing team of IT Support staff to deliver Air-IT’s world-class service standards.

BCC Finalists Awards Ceremony

As one of seven finalists in the Young Person in Business category at the national finals, Josh was up against some tough competition and eventually came runner-up.

The winner was Katie Waddell, Owner and Co-founder of Spoon Street, for demonstrating clear growth potential for her self-serve frozen yoghurt business in Northern Ireland.

BCC Awards 2015

BCC Award Trophies 2015

Josh says:

I’m extremely proud to have represented the East Midlands at the national finals and extend my congratulations to all the category winners and runners-up. It’s a real honour to have been involved as the levels of competition were incredibly high.

I’d like to thank everyone at Air-IT for their continued support and look forward to our continued success as a team.

About the British Chamber of Commerce

The British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) oversee a network of 52 accredited Chambers across the UK, representing thousands of businesses of all sizes and within all sectors.

Air-IT comes under the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce which supports Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire based businesses.

In 2014, Air-IT enjoyed success at the East Midlands Chamber business awards as winners of Small Business of the Year and Best Use of Technology to Improve Business Performance.

Our Managing Director, Todd McQuilkin was also named 2014 winner of the prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the BCC’s regional awards.

Congratulations Josh!

Todd says:

Josh has come a long way since joining Air-IT as an apprentice 4 years ago and has quickly progressed to become an integral and well respected member of our management team.

The recognition he’s received is extremely well deserved. Knowing how high the standards are, we’re extremley proud of his achievements despite coming away empty handed at the nationals.

Everyone at Air-IT would like to echo Todd’s comments and offer Josh our most sincere congratulations of his achievements and nomination as a finalist of such a prestigious national award. Well done, Josh!