2014 Enterprise Policy Influencer Award presented at House of Lords.

National apprenticeship ambassador and jeweller Jason Holt has been presented with the inaugural Enterprise Policy Influencer Award at the 2014 Celebrating Enterprise Awards, held at the House of Lords.

Recognised for his passion and commitment to supporting the nation’s small businesses, Holt was presented with the prestigious accolade during a ceremony on October 23.


He was also praised for his role as chief executive officer of the Holts Group of companies, which employs 100 staff, and for founding jewellery apprenticeship provider, Holts Academy.

Holt was appointed a Small Business Apprenticeship Ambassador in 2013 by the Government, which led to him authoring the Holt Review, which recommended ways to make apprenticeships for accessible to SMEs.

Earlier this year, he was also appointed the chair of the Government’s Craft Trailblazer initiative, working to create a recognisable framework for apprenticeships across the UK’s diverse craft industries.

Ruth Lowbridge, executive chair of Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI) and the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE), said: "We feel very honoured to bestow Jason Holt with this award. Jason’s commitment to championing apprenticeships for young people and small businesses is a real inspiration to business owners everywhere. His tireless work in this area, which is provided on an entirely voluntary basis, is driven by his belief that Apprenticeships hold the key in creating the future nation with a skilled and successful workforce".

Holt commented: “I am delighted to receive this award. Apprenticeships provide a fantastic opportunity for small businesses and young people, and it is wonderful to be able to highlight that message by receiving this award today".

Other winners at the event included chief executive of the Timpson Group, John Timpson CBE and Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Paduka Dr Lim Kok Wing, founder and president of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology.