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Michelle’s a winner at the York Press Awards

Written by Michelle Mook on . Posted in Sunflower Diaries

The Press Business Awards 2018. Picture by David Harrison. What a night! We are so proud that our Michelle scooped a key award last week at the Press Awards winning “Business Personality of the Year”.

The award was in recognition of the journey Michelle has been on since setting up the business in 2011.

And what a journey it has been too. In early 2011, Michelle was working in a large corporate and after some soul searching, realised that two of her core values, “Making a Difference” and “Having Fun” were not being realised and she needed to do something quite different to achieve this. So, in the summer of 2011, after spending a leadership day with horses (there’s another story!) she created a vision and took her passion and set up Pro-Development. From working in the back of her garage in Wilberfoss, Michelle is now running a successful business with a team of 5 supporting the growth of over 60 SMEs in Yorkshire and the Humber.

The judges said “It was a really tough category this year as all the finalists had different personalities and all inspiring in their own right. They said awarding the title to Michelle is a testament to the true grit and determination she has shown to start a business from scratch and her passion has been a driving force”.

The presenter of the award shared “The judges felt Michelle has an infection personality and we can all clearly see that and the award is also in recognition for the work she does more widely outside of the business to support the local community including recently becoming the new Chair of York Professionals.

Collecting the award, Michelle had a standing ovation and the presenter said “We’ve had some responses in this room over the years but never one quite like that”! He then went onto to ask Michelle about why she felt she was such a popular choice. She said: “Well it has certainly been a journey but one of the things I have loved about setting up and building the business is all the amazing people I have met along the way. My team are incredible and a lot of the people in the room today have supported me on the journey, clients who are in the room who have also won awards and many people who have become good friends. I am very lucky”.

Congratulations Michelle

The Great Giant Sunflower grow-off 2015

Written by Michelle Mook on . Posted in Sunflower Diaries

My goodness me – what a bumper crop we have had this year! Thanks to everyone for sending in your pictures of your whoppers!

The competition has been tough; over 30 people have been competing for this esteemed title, and once again we saw the return of the scoundrel squirrel. But none of this affected the steely determination of our growers.

So we are proud to announce the winner of “The Great Giant Sunflower grow-off 2015”as OWEN TURNER from United by Design (www.unitedbydesign.co) with his amazing 9ft 8 sunflower.

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Here’s what Owen had to say ….

“What a fun and insightful thing to do over the summer! Not only was it great to be a little green fingered and be inspired by such a wonderfully vibrant plant but doing the Grow Off allowed me to take time out, reflect and focus. Although competitive by nature doing the Grow Off became more about nurturing growth literally and metaphorically in life and at work! I shared the experience with friends and colleagues but more importantly enjoy the enriching experience at home with my wife and 2 young children. This, I think was the best part of the whole experience in all honesty. We shared, giggled, measured and discussed together from the initial planting to seeing the plants reach the heady heights they achieved. Fun, educational and of course satisfying – I recommend anyone to grow not just a sunflower but other plants too!’

Owen, we congratulate you on this life changing achievement and we look forward to you defending your title next year!

Think you’re up for the challenge?

Do you have what it takes?

Are you green fingered enough?

If so email us at info@pro-development.co.uk with the message “Bring on the seed” and we will send you your seed in the spring. In the meantime, get mulching!