Paralegal Ross Clayton was named young business person of the year at the Chad’s business awards – after starting out as an office junior.
The 25-year-old joined Hopkins Solicitors in 2008, after leaving sixth-form at Ashfield Comprehensive School.
However, he has quickly risen through the ranks to become paralegal – and is planning to eventually qualify as a solicitor.
Announcing his award, ceremony host Sam Ogrizovic said: “Ross joined Hopkins Solicitors as an office junior in September 2008, covering basic administration in the office, but quickly managed to go through several promotions and is now a paralegal with his own clients.
“He has even enrolled on a course which will put him on the road to become a qualified solicitor.
“Now aged 25, Ross is an asset to the company and has a bright future ahead of him.”
Ross, who lives in Huthwaite, admitted he felt “embarrassed” when his name was read out, but proud to win as he “loves the job”.
He said: “It shows the hard work has paid off.”
And he urged other young people starting out to work hard.
He said: “It may not be the best job at the time, but it can get better and you can get better.”
Also shortlisted for the award was Kim Wilson, who works at Mansfield Manor Hotel, Carr Bank Park, Windmill Lane, Mansfield.
Mr Ogrizovic said: “Kim started at the hotel after looking for an alternative to college or university and has impressed staff so much she has progressed from apprentice to manager during the past three years.
“The staff she manages are often older and more experienced than her, but Kim’s confidence and ability always carries the day.
“She has even gone onto start a part-time business degree to further her knowledge and progress further in the company.”