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Autumn scoops Young Person in Business Award

The granddaughter of A1 founder Colin Moir has been named the best Young Person in Business after helping our business establish a new subsidiary company.

Autumn Moir received the award at the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC) annual business awards for the pivotal role she has played in the success of the offshoot firm, Commercial Flue Cleaning and Maintenance Services Ltd (CFCM).

The Lincoln College student has juggled her studies with working at the family business in Ollerton, near Newark, and has been the catalyst for the growth of CFCM – which offers ongoing cleaning and maintenance contracts for industrial chimney systems.

Autumn – who was on the shortlist for the award with two other budding businesspeople – is delighted to have been crowned the winner.

“It was a real surprise when my name was read out because I was up against some very good young business people,” said Autumn.

“Winning the award has really inspired me and I know I have the ability to achieve more and more – which will benefit my professional development and also our family business.”

Autumn is the third generation of the Moir family to work in the business that her grandfather and former Nottingham Forest player Colin founded more than 40 years ago.

The judges were impressed because Autumn is applying much of what she is learning on her Business and Finance course at A1 – which is why she has been able to implement processes that have enabled CFCM to secure a raft of new contracts.

Autumn’s knowledge of Sage has also enabled her to deliver refresher training to A1’s Accounts Department. Her flourishing knowledge of business law and business finance is being fed through to the management team.

Her mother, TJ, who runs the company with fellow director John Hamnett, said that working for a family-run firm is tough and family members have to work twice as hard and be twice as good as every other employee.

“Our company is built on a strong work ethic, and Autumn exemplifies everything we hold dear in being the best at what we do. We are all very proud of her achievement,” said TJ.

“Winning the award will give Autumn a massive confidence boost to continue striving for bigger and better things for both A1 and CFCM.”