Sheffield entrepreneurs recognised for work

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Two Sheffield entrepreneurs have received prestigious awards recognising outstanding achievement in young people.

Liz Yoxall, founder of Giraffe Learning and Glee Bah Gum, and Sophie Maxwell, founder of the Really NEET College, have won two of the UK’s Ten Outstanding Young Persons awards, organised by Junior Chamber International.

Liz, aged 35, from Malin Bridge, was recognised for her work to encourage entrepreneurship in schoolchildren and raising their aspirations. She also founded the Glee Bah Gum community choir.

Sophie, aged 25, from Halfway, was nominated for her successful launch of the Really NEET College, which aims to create a safe learning environment for disadvantaged and disengaged young people.

Ilona Alcock, award founder and president of JCI Sheffield, said: “Both honourees are an absolute inspiration and embody everything JCI is about.”