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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


Written by Michelle Mook on . Posted in Sunflower Diaries, Uncategorized

TJ awards 2014_Finalist

Everyone who knows us, understand that what makes Pro-Development different is our innovative and creative approach to all we do.

Our approach has now been recognised nationally and we have been shortlisted for a prestigious award in the Training Journal Awards 2014. Michelle was nominated by Escalla who we worked with on the project with the Cabinet Office earlier this year that saw us travelling the length and breadth of the country.

We are over the moon to get this far and are up against 5 other big contenders for the Learning & Development Professional of the Year 2014 category – see here for details of all the finalists. It just goes to show that we may be small compared to some of the other nominees that have been chosen for this amazing award but it proves that you do not have to be big to catch the eye of the judges. We are delighted to be a finalist and this is recognition of our commitment to growing and developing people and is a tremendous achievement”.

Lou Mooney from Escalla described the approach we took as a truly “game changing” learning experience. His full testimonial is available here.

The Awards ceremony will be held at the TJ Awards Gala Dinner on Wednesday 26th November at The Brewery in London and is tipped to be a sell-out. We’re already picking out our posh frocks and are getting ready for a night of champagne and glamour – we’ll keep you all posted.