Riviera Tuition Wins Business of the Year!

Nearly 300 guests, finalists and sponsors from across the South West, attended the Inspirational Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner of the Devon & Cornwall 2019 Venus Awards, held at the St Mellion International Resort, Plymouth on 29th March.

The Venus Awards – dubbed by Channel 4 as “The Working Women’s Oscars” – celebrate the vital contribution that women in business make to the local, regional, and national economy.

Emma Walton, Director of local Torquay company Riviera Tuition, scooped the prestigious award for Business of the Year 2019 beating hundreds of other nominees to the top spot.

Clare Ambrose, Business Manager for Bishop Fleming and all-important deciding judge in the Business of the Year category said, “Emma’s passion for teaching is second to none and her staff are inspired by her creative approach. Riviera Tuition takes on some of the most challenging children in Torbay and offers them an education when other provisions can’t.”

Riviera Tuition provides private tuition across Torbay, Teignbridge and the South Hams with over 200 pupils receiving tuition from their tutors every week. The prize commended Riviera Tuition’s high academic success and ethos but particularly focused on their unsung work with SEN children, children with mental health issues, children in care and children who have been excluded from mainstream schools. Working closely with many schools and local authority services in Torbay, Emma has managed to create an alternative education provision in Torquay Harbour which was highlighted by the judges as inspirational. Riviera Tuition’s centre allows children to access specialised education on a one-to-one basis to suit each child’s individualised needs. One of their SEN pupils studying for his GCSEs with Riviera Tuition said, “I like coming here. It is quiet and I like the way that they explain things to me.”

Seeking to be as inclusive as possible, they offer home tuition for those pupils who are unable to make it to their learning hub on The Terrace in Torquay. It is this inclusive attitude towards education that caught the judge’s attention.

Director, Emma Walton was interviewed after the ceremony and said, “I was totally overwhelmed to receive the award. Our team of tutors work tirelessly to provide quality tuition to our pupils, and I am thrilled that everyone’s hard work has been recognised with this accolade.”

Staff members attended the event on Friday with Emma and were thrilled to be part of the evening. Helen Melville, Office Manager commented, “It was a wonderful opportunity to rub shoulders with other women in business and to have our tutors’ care and passion for their work recognised.”


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