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Duncan & Toplis once again headline sponsor for our Spalding Guardian and Lincolnshire Free Press Education Awards




The importance of an abundance of excellent education in South Holland has been highlighted by the main sponsor of the Education Awards 2021.

Chartered accountants Duncan & Toplis has been headline sponsor of the awards since its conception in 2014, recognising the importance of the work our schools do and proudly celebrating everyone involved.

Alistair Main, director and head of assurance at Duncan & Toplis’ Spalding office, says that the firm has first hand experience of our area’s schools and their success stories.

David Gratton (right) and Alistair Main, of Duncan and Toplis Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers, Pinchbeck. Photo supplied. (9328946)
David Gratton (right) and Alistair Main, of Duncan and Toplis Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers, Pinchbeck. Photo supplied. (9328946)

The company is passionate about education and recognises the vital role schools have in influencing the neighbourhoods around them.

He said: “As a Lincolnshire based firm and a large employer in the area we have strong links with the schools, whether that’s through our clients or through offering work experience to students.

“Schools and education are really important to us as they are great for the economy – they link into how successful the area is as we certainly reap what we sow.

Duncan and Toplis are the main event sponsor and Primary Student of the Year category sponsor
Duncan and Toplis are the main event sponsor and Primary Student of the Year category sponsor

“We have fantastic schools in this area and they make the place attractive to incomers and they help to bring people in which is great for our area and its growth.”

The firm, which has been supporting businesses in Lincolnshire since 1925 and has 11 offices across the county, takes on several school leavers and graduates every year, watching them grow within the company as time goes on.

Alistair said: “We always want to be part of the community we work within – we are in the heart of the community

“I went to primary school in Weston before moving on to Spalding Grammar School for high school and sixth form – so we have seen first hand the standard of education here.

“A lot of the team are similar in that they are from the local area and attended local schools before joining Duncan & Toplis.

“Across our 11 offices we take on one or two work experiences students a year, we take on work placements from universities too, and we also take on ten school leavers and a further ten graduates each year across the business too.

“I left university and came here and I’m still here now.”

Nominations are now open for the 2021 Education Awards (46653648)
Nominations are now open for the 2021 Education Awards (46653648)

Alistair, who was also shortlisted for Young Director of the Year at the IoD East Midlands Director of the Year Awards 2019, has seen how well school leavers and graduates can flourish as they move forward with their careers at Duncan & Toplis.

He said: “I would say that over the last few years of the people we’ve taken on, we’ve seen a lot of school leavers who have not gone to university but have chosen an apprenticeship instead.

“For people who are certain about where they want to go with careers it’s a really good route and they can get as far along in their careers through an apprenticeship, instead of by going to university, in a similar time frame.”

Alistair is looking forward to attending the ceremony, which is set to be held at Spalding’s South Holland Centre on July 8.

The firm has also sponsored the Secondary Student of the Year category which will be given to a student who has strived to improve their academic performance and who has exhibited the most noticeable growth in their progress, attitude and discipline.

He said: “We are really looking forward to the ceremony!

“We always enjoy the evening and love celebrating the schools, teachers and students.

“It’s hugely important to us that we support all of our wonderful schools and the area’s educations really needs to be celebrated, especially after this year which has been incredibly challenging.

“I love seeing how excited the pupils get, particularly the primary schools when there is a group of them there. It’s great to see it!”



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