A veteran who started a first aid business after saving the life of his newly-born daughter is in line for an award.
Lee Whitworth has been shortlisted for a British Ex-Forces in Business Award in the service leader of the year category after launching A&E Harmonious Compliance Training.
Lee left the military in 2015 after a 25-career.
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He was inspired to launch the business after delivering his youngest child, who then three weeks later stopped breathing.
The first aid Lee gave her saved her life.
Lee, who served with military bands during his career and is also musical director of the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, says he knows first hand the importance of first aid which is why the company uses the slogan Basic First Aid, Saves Lives.
Lee said he was overwhelmed to have been nominated never mind being shortlisted.
He has thanked his wife Alison and children Cadence and Talisia for understanding the long hours and time away while building the business.
He added: “I would also like to thank all my family members and close family friends who have supported me on the down moments and encourage me to keep going.
“There are also so many friends and great business contacts from around Richmond, BNI Excel chapter, the Masonic Lodge, Richmond Business Network, and Gillian, head teacher at Wavell Community Infant and Nursery School, who have supported me along my journey since leaving the Army.
“I thank you all so much and hope I can continue to build a local company, training people to save lives and work safe, within and around Richmond and beyond.
The finalists for the British Ex-Forces in Business Awards 2018 were whittled down from more than 250 nominations that demonstrated outstanding business achievements enabled by transferable skills gained in the military.
The winners of these awards will be revealed on May 17 at the inaugural British Ex-Forces in Business Awards in London’s De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms.
The ceremony will be the largest ever celebration of the ex-forces in business community, bringing together top business leaders, companies, military personnel, politicians, journalists and other stakeholders to raise awareness of resettlement issues, encourage the development of ex-forces employment schemes and promote the significant value that military-gained skills can provide to the UK economy if better utilised across the workforce.