Sparsholt Principal recognised for local economic contribution

Press Release: 25/06/2013

Millenium Egg 2013 presented by Simon Eden to Tim Jackson

The prestigious Millennium Egg has this year been awarded to Tim Jackson, principal of Sparsholt College. The egg was given at the start of the Winchester Business Excellence Awards 2012 held on Friday 14 June at Guildhall, Winchester.

The Egg is Winchester’s equivalent to the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ Oscar for the local economy. It is awarded in celebration of local people and organisations that have made a significant and sustained contribution to the economy of the District.

Cllr Robert Humby, the Council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, commented:

We are delighted this year to be making the award to Tim Jackson, principal of a college which offers more than just land-based courses, but is constantly exploring ways to meet the skills needs of local businesses.

Tim has led the college’s work in having a central role in apprenticeships across Hampshire. Winchester City Council is keen to recognise the vital role skills and learning play in sustaining and growing our economy.

Tim was delighted to receive the accolade. He said:

I am very proud of what the college has achieved over its lifetime, and especially the last few years with our expanding range of training offers to businesses in Winchester and more widely in Hampshire. We have an excellent team who are passionate about developing the career ambitions of young people through varied apprenticeship routes in addition to the extensive full- and part-time further and higher education offer to young people and adults. The future of the college is to continue to evolve to meet local need, and I look forward to many more exciting years ahead.

The ornate egg was crafted by Jeremy France Jewellers in 2000, who then donated it to Winchester City Council for use as an annual award. Previous award winners have included the late Graham Jamieson of the Wykeham Arms pub, Barbara Bryant who headed the North Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry for many years, Hampshire Farmers’ Market, Winchester Hat Fair, Winchester Cathedral, Mohamed Bakhaty, Chris Turner of the Winchester Business Improvement District, Jim Sawyer of London and Clancy and last year Richard Steele of Richard Steele and Partners. It is displayed throughout the year with a collection of civic silver outside the Conference Chamber at Guildhall Winchester.