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Acorn MD recognised at South Wales Argus Business Awards

Acorn’s managing director, Matt Southall, has been honoured at the 2018 South Wales Argus Business Awards with the coveted Lifetime Achievement award for his contribution to business and the economy, during a career spanning more than twenty-five years.

The inaugural awards ceremony, held in partnership with Newport Now Business Improvement District, saw businesses from across Gwent recognised for their contribution to the region.

Born and raised in Newport, Southall opened the first branch of Acorn on Bridge Street in 1992 with support from three local businessmen. Since then, the business has expanded to more than 40 branches across the UK and Australia, placing some 480,000 jobseekers UK-wide – 120,000 of these from the South Wales area - into the labour market and achieving a peak turnover of £130m.

Southall (pictured with the Award) commented, “I am absolutely honoured to receive this award. From one branch in Newport to more than 40 worldwide, Acorn has truly gone from strength to strength over the past 26 years.

“At first, we wanted to open an Acorn branch locally to help people looking for work in Newport, with the aim of eventually having a network across Wales. We’ve come a long way since those early days - I’m so proud of the work Acorn has done so far and what our team has achieved.”

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