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By Christie Breen
Annan and Eskdale
Businessman receives college fellowship

A PRESENTATION has taken place in London to honour a Langholm man.

Richard Sagar MBE is a past student of Dumfries and Galloway College (DGC) and was presented with the College Fellowship of the Year by Alister Jack, Secretary of State for Scotland, and MP for Dumfries and Galloway.

Also present for the event at Dover House was DGC principal Joanna Campbell.

The fellowship is in recognition of Mr Sagar’s outstanding achievements.

He began his career studying for an electrical installation SVQ Level 3 at Dumfries and Galloway College, winning the SECTT apprentice of the year competition in 2008, followed by success in both the Electro-technical Modern Apprenticeship Competition (eMac) and UK Skillelectric final during the same year. He also won gold for Team UK at the WorldSkills event in Calgary in 2009.

Richard was recognised in the Queen’s honours list in 2012 for his role as an ambassador to young people.

For the last decade he has run a smart building technology business, Sagar Smart Homes. Their intelligent building control systems are installed in some of the world’s finest homes, hotels and yachts.

The firm has a range of intelligent light switches and an AI software platform, in their next steps towards creating the world’s most intelligent buildings.

Joanna Campbell said: “We would like to thank the Secretary of State for Scotland for inviting us to this special presentation at Dover House.

“Richard continues to be an inspiration to our students and this latest accolade is hugely deserved.”

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