STEVE Evans is certainly an example of how, through hard work, you can make a success of your life and he has also proven that, with the right dedication and investment, you can also help others to achieve.
The work done at Clarkson Evans to train up hundreds of apprentices is a credit to Steve and his team. But it is a far cry from starting out doing odd jobs as a teenager.
Today we have printed the school performance tables for the GCSE results and A-levels. Every student who opened their envelopes last year had a decision to make about what their next move would be.
Is it college, sixth form, university apprenticeships or straight into work?
Steve and so many other businessmen and women have proven that the school of life can be just as vital as the classroom when it comes to forging a career.
For some, university is the right move and for others there could be a great on the job training scheme they had not yet considered which could be the path to a fab future.
Centre support vital
WHEN a relationship breaks down, children can sadly be caught in the middle.
The Contact Centre in Gloucester offers families the chance to have neutral space to meet up. It may not be that well known to everyone as a charity but for all those it helps, it makes a difference.
And, like so many other charities, there is a funding shortage and in this case it is £11,000, which is no small figure. Without this money, the centre could fold.
This would mean many families would lose vital support. Last year, the centre has helped 44 parents to maintain contact with 55 children, the majority under five.
Cheers to villagers
THEY say the pub is the hub and a good village local truly can be the centre of life in rural areas.
In Horsley, the residents have put their money where their mouth is pledging more than £150,000 to purchase shares in the company aiming to buy and run the pub.
We wish this scheme every success.