A local Blackpool pub manager has made an away day trip to Parliament – to receive a training award recognising his achievement from Gordon.

Sean Bowd, who runs the Dutton Arms on the prom on South Shore, was receiving his Training Award at a reception on the Parliamentary Terrace to celebrate Stonegate Pub Company’s fast track Accelerator skills and training programme, which has enabled hundreds of their young employees to progress from being bar staff to senior career and management positions.

After meeting Sean and presenting him with the certificate celebrating his Training achievement, Gordon said: “I’m delighted to be able to talk to Sean here today and celebrate his training and Skills achievements with Stonegate. They operate seven pubs in my Blackpool constituency, including the Dutton Arms, and they therefore make a significant contribution to the visitor economy and the local community across the town.

“Sean is a Blackpool lad who started off as bar staff and has worked his way up, including with a stint at the Manchester Bar on the Promenade before taking over as manager at the Dutton Arms., where they cater both for visitors and local residents. These awards, including Sean’s, emphasises how important training, skills and Apprenticeships in the service and tourism sectors, are to seaside local economies like that in Blackpool.

“I am continually pressing Government Ministers, both as a Blackpool MP and Shadow Skills Minister, to recognise that importance to local outcomes and to give more focus and resources to it. Sean’s personal success story – he tells me is enjoying managing the Dutton Arms and they ve had a good summer with a great atmosphere – emphasises what a contribution employers like Stonegate can make by bringing on home- grown talent to progress to manager positions.”

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