Exmouth Business Awards 2018: why Sharon's 'unexpected' win was a clear sign of BSL Enabling Service's success

PUBLISHED: 19:00 16 March 2018

Exmouth Business Award winner Sharon Brown. Ref exe 07-18TI 7686. Picture: Terry Ife

Exmouth Business Award winner Sharon Brown. Ref exe 07-18TI 7686. Picture: Terry Ife


Sharon Brown, of BSL Enabling Service, says she was brought to tears by her win at last year's Exmouth Business Awards.

That’s because her firm – British Sign Language Enabling Service – was only launched two years ago, and it was a shock to win the Healthcare Provider of the Year category in 2017.

“To win in my second year was unexpected, and I’m proud of what I’ve have achieved in a short space of time,” she said.

Sharon launched her firm after recognising the lack of enabling provision for deaf people with additional needs.

“For me ‘enabling’ means looking at alternative ways to teach a person to do things they should and can do for themselves.

“My goal is to enhance their lives, to achieve more than they realise they can, and to become as independent as possible within the community.”

Sharon puts her success down to her passion for British sign language and her commitment to promoting equal opportunities.

“My service is tailored to each individual. Although goal-driven, I take a holistic approach, and my success rate has been recognised by colleagues in the care profession.

“Winning the award has given me the confidence and faith that hard work is recognised.”

The future’s looking good, too.

“BSL Enabling is growing at the steady pace I’ve set myself, and I want to give consistent quality support to each of my service users.

“I’m also working to build relationships with those professional bodies I’ll be working alongside. I have plans to expand, and work with people who have the same approach as me.”

This may include the Exeter Deaf Academy, which will be transferring to Exmouth’s former Rolle College site soon.

“The Academy is supportive of the work I’m doing, and I hope we’ll work together to enhance the students’ lives in the future.”

Are the awards a good thing for Exmouth?

“Absolutely, it’s a chance to reflect on the wonderful businesses in our town, and as a community, celebrate achievements.

“A lot of hard work goes into this event and I thank all those who make it such a success.”

For more on BSL Enabling Service, visit www.bslenabling.co.uk

For details of how to nominate your business visit www.exmouth

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