Sheffield TV star Julia Bradbury, who hosts The Star backed Sheffield Business Awards on December 5, has been talking about her “fantastical“ return visit to get a honorary doctorate.
The BBC’s Countryfile presenter was recognised by Sheffield Hallam University for her work in promoting the appreciation and preservation of the natural landscape.
Julia, who has also presented Watchdog, Planet Earth Live, Kill It Cook It Eat It and Wainwright’s Walks, received her honorary doctorate in front of hundreds of architecture and planning students at their graduation ceremony at Sheffield City Hall.
“It feels quite fantastical to be here,” said Julia.
“I can’t believe it’s happened. It’s a tremendous privilege and I am in awe of everybody here.
“All of the graduates have done such an amazing job. I’m not naturally an academic person and I am very inspired by those that are - so it is a tremendous honour to be sharing this room with them.”
Julia added: “I have fantastic memories of Sheffield and my family has strong bonds with the city having spent a lot of time here and invested a lot of family commitment. Sheffield means a great deal to me and it’s fantastic to be back here, especially in these circumstances. I’m chuffed to bits!”
Educated at Sheffield’s King Edward VII School, Julia has become the national face for championing the preservation of the British countryside and, thanks to her passion for the great outdoors, is president of the Friends of the Peak District, the South Yorkshire branch of the Council for the Preservation of Rural England (CPRE) and, more recently Julia became the first female President of the Camping and Caravanning Club – the first woman in the role in the club’s 111 year history.
* It’s your last chance to book for the Sheffield Business Awards, which Julia will present at Ponds Forge, Thursday, December 5, 7pm to 2am.
Organised by Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and The Star, the awards are designed to recognise and reward Sheffield business success with the awards categories being refreshed each year to reflect the regions expertise and skills.
Celebrating its 12th year, the event - which regularly attract over 1000 guests - is firmly established as Sheffield’s premier showcase of business and enterprise.
It promises the ultimate in glitz and glamour, with the chance to win a real diamond worth £1,500
Any business based within an ‘S’ postcode and all members of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce are eligible to enter the 14 categories, with the shortlist for each category then being automatically submitted for a chance to win the prestigious Outstanding Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Sheffield Business School.
Winners will automatically be entered into the Sheffield City Region Awards, to be held in early 2014, at which the competition heats up as winners from each category of the Sheffield, Barnsley & Rotherham, Derbyshire and Doncaster Awards go head to head to be crowned the winner of winners.
The Sheffield Business Awards are part of The Star’s and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce’s ongoing commitment to supporting businesses, whatever their size. The evening consists of a Champagne reception (separate area for award sponsors and other VIPs), a five course meal, entertainment and of course, the award ceremony itself.
Spaces are now limited for the event - for more details and to book visit www.scci.org.uk/event/10530.