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Spalding accountants Duncan & Toplis are once again headline sponsor of our Education Awards

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The headline sponsor of our 2022 Education Awards has stressed the importance of education in our area.

Chartered accountants Duncan & Toplis has been our main event partners since the awards first started in 2014, and its staff members have plenty of first-hand experience when it comes to schooling in South Holland.

Alistair Main, director and head of assurance at the accountancy’s Spalding office, went to primary school in Weston before moving on to Spalding Grammar School.

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)

Various members of the team followed similar paths, with some moving away for university before coming back to join the company.

“We are very active members of the community here in Spalding, and are keen supporters of the schools from a work experience point of view,” said Mr Main.

“We see some of the people in these schools as our team members of the future, and here in the business we are keen to support and celebrate what all of the wonderful schools around here do.”

Duncan & Toplis hosts a number of work experience opportunities throughout the year.

Students looking to complete mandatory week-long stints are welcomed, while there are always spaces during school holidays.

When it comes to taking on full-time workers and people on apprenticeships, students are accepted after they have completed their A-Levels. College and university graduates frequently join the team.

The firm has been supporting Lincolnshire businesses since 1925, and has 11 offices across the county.

“We see education as incredibly key to this area. If it wasn’t for the education going on around here, both ourselves, our clients and the economy would really be struggling,” said Mr Main.

“In order to push this area and provide the skilled workforce we need, education is really key.”

In addition to their main sponsorship duties, Duncan & Toplis will also be in charge of crowning the Secondary School Student of the Year.

This will reward a student who has strived to improve their academic performance and who has exhibited the most noticeable growth in their progress, attitude and discipline.

Spalding Academy’s Libby Mayne took the accolade last year. She had a near-perfect attendance record over five years, and her attitude towards learning was described as ‘outstanding’.

Joshua Cook from The Deepings School and Millie MacNally, who had moved onto Durham University, were named runners-up.

It is one of 11 awards to be handed out.

Mr Main, who was shortlisted for Young Director of the Year at the IoD East Midlands Director of the Year Awards 2019, is looking forward to attending the Education Awards ceremony again this year.

“Picking the winners is the hard part.

“There are usually a lot of applications, and it can be difficult to choose,” he said.

“It’s a really enjoyable evening, and we can celebrate what our schools are doing. I love doing that.”

He believes that providing support for South Holland’s schools is of vital importance – especially as the sector continues to recover from coronavirus restrictions.

This year’s ceremony will take place at Springfields Events Centre in Spalding on Thursday, July 7.

To nominate, click here.

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