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Many of our students have gone on to achieve great things since leaving college. Whether you've enjoyed academic success in higher education or career success in your chosen field, we'd love to hear from you.

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Jean Mountain

Owner of The Supreme Rubber Stamp Company

Jean was a business studies student at West Notts College in 1984-85. After her studies she moved into the world of business and now runs Supreme Rubber Stamp Company.

Tell us more about your company Jean.

We make and supply rubber stamps – whether someone needs just one or if a company needs them in bulk – we can provide stamps to suit their requirements. I’m very proud to work with clients such as Rolls Royce, Toyota, Health Authorities and schools across the UK.

How have you broadened your business knowledge and networking outside of work?

I joined Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce in 1992 and in 1997 was asked to join the Board of Directors. Since the merger of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chambers of Commerce in 2006 I’ve also been the Chair of the Nottinghamshire Members Council which promotes policy across the county.

I founded Enterprising Women, a networking group aimed at empowering women in business through a variety of both business and social events. I’m proud to say that this group now has over 500 members. It is recognised nationally as a leading organisation representing women in business.

Would you recommend that people aim to get a college education?

I think that a college education is an absolute must for young people. It’s vitally important, especially in these financially difficult times, for people to give themselves a head start, just as I did all those years ago when I studied at West Notts College.

How has the college changed and developed since you were a student?

I still have close links with the college and I can’t believe the way that it’s grown over the years to become one of the most successful FE and HE colleges in the country. I would absolutely recommend the college to anyone who is wishing to enhance their skill base both on an academic or a vocational level. The college covers all bases and I believe that it’s second to none.

More about Jean’s roles within the business community

Jean is the Chair of the East Midlands Business Crime Forum (EMBCF). The group represents over 80,000 businesses across the East Midlands on advising how to reduce and prevent crime.

In 2009 the National Business Crime Forum was formed and Jean was asked to become Vice Chair. Jean is responsible for public affairs, which includes dealing with the press, the Home Office and the Association of Chief Police Officers. Jean assisted in the formation of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Business Crime which has the largest number of MPs for any All Party Parliamentary Group.

She is also a governor at Nottingham Girls High School.

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Best college for A Levels value added* in the East Midlands

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