Turn­ing the spot­light on award fi­nal­ists

Gloucestershire Echo - - BUSINESS - gloslive­[email protected]­plc.com Joshua KANE

THE clock has very much started ticking to­wards this year’s Glouces­ter­shire Live Busi­ness Awards.

Recog­nis­ing the very best in busi­ness across our area, the pres­ti­gious awards – head­line spon­sored by Randall & Payne – aim to show­case the thriv­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions who re­ally make a dif­fer­ence to Glouces­ter­shire.

From small busi­ness start-ups, to boom­ing pub­lic lim­ited com­pa­nies, we be­lieve these or­gan­i­sa­tions de­serve to be cel­e­brated for their achieve­ments and suc­cess sto­ries.

Last week we re­vealed the busi­nesses and peo­ple who our judges de­cided are in the run­ning for the prizes when they are handed out at The Cen­taur, Chel­tenham Race­course on Oc­to­ber 10.

Over the next few weeks, we will be pro­fil­ing the fi­nal­ists in each cat­e­gory, giv­ing you an in­sight into the or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als in­volved in this year’s event.

We start this week with the Best Em­ployee and Best Small Busi­ness cat­e­gories.

Best Em­ployee

Olivia Pym (Move Prop­erty Sales and Let­tings) ter join­ing the busi­ness as their first ap­pren­tice, Olivia has de­vel­oped and pros­pered in her role.

Se­cur­ing four pro­mo­tions in her time at the com­pany, she has taken on the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the let­ting side of the busi­ness, as well as mar­ket­ing.

She has been shown to con­tin­u­ally hit – and of­ten ex­ceed – tar­gets as the busi­ness has grown.

Remi Ash­ton - Ocere Ltd.

The dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor Remi has de­liv­ered con­sis­tent and pos­i­tive re­sults for the or­gan­i­sa­tion and is al­ways go­ing above and be­yond for the busi­ness.

Remi man­ages his own port­fo­lio of clients and helps com­pile work plans, tar­get plan­ning, train­ing, and support to their chief ex­ec­u­tive re­gard­ing strate­gic plan­ning and prod­uct de­vel­op­ment. When Remi first started at Ocere his sales tar­get was £750 per month ris­ing to £15,000 per month over the fol­low­ing two years.

Three years later, Remi reg­u­larly adds more than £50,000 to the sales board each month.

Car­men Da­ley (Ap­pren­tice Man­age­ment Group) Work­ing for the or­gan­i­sa­tion for the last three years, Car­men has built up a pos­i­tive rep­u­ta­tion within the busi­ness and is seen as an am­bas­sador in the ap­pren­tice­ship field. Bring­ing in a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent ap­pren­tices, she has con­sis­tently gen­er­ated rev­enue for the Ap­pren­tice­ship Plus pro­grammes. Prov­ing to be ver­sa­tile and flex­i­ble in all of her work, Car­men has also been in­volved in var­i­ous char­i­ta­ble work.

Small Busi­ness of the Year (spon­sored by Glouces­ter­shire Col­lege) Cy­ber Se­cu­rity As­so­ciates (CSA)

The busi­ness has de­vel­oped from its two orig­i­nal team mem­bers to a 10strong work­force, of­fer­ing a range of cy­ber ser­vices to any size busi­ness.

Es­tab­lished in 2016, the or­gan­i­sa­tion works closely within the com­mu­nity of­fer­ing free cy­ber ser­vices to lo­cal char­i­ties, com­bined with pro­vid­ing all of its work­force from the lo­cal area.

CSA has a vi­sion “to be viewed as the best provider of cy­ber ser­vices to the SME com­mu­nity within Glouces­ter­shire, us­ing a trusted and knowl­edge­able work­force within a world-class Se­cu­rity In­tel­li­gence and Op­er­a­tions Cen­tre.”

Haremi Ltd

Reach­ing more than 10 mil­lion stu­dents with their ed­u­ca­tional re­sources, Haremi Ltd is con­tin­u­ally im­prov­ing ed­u­ca­tional achieve­ment around the world by help­ing to change the way teach­ers teach and learn­ers learn.

The com­pany’s vi­sion fo­cuses on chang­ing ed­u­ca­tion by help­ing pub­lish­ers cre­ate new and ex­ist­ing dig­i­tal con­tent for teach­ers and learn­ers.

Al­though hav­ing most of their clients in Lon­don, Haremi be­lieve of­fices in Chel­tenham ben­e­fit the lo­cal area by of­fer­ing work ex­pe­ri­ence to a range of stu­dents from lo­cal schools.

Start­ing salaries for all po­si­tions in the busi­ness are higher than the na­tional liv­ing wage and the or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­vides a range of ad­di­tional ben­e­fits for all of its em­ploy­ees.

The Log­i­cal Util­i­ties Com­pany Ltd

The Chel­tenham-based en­ergy con­sult­ing support ser­vice has gone from strength to strength over the last 10 years and plays a ma­jor role in the cor­po­rate world across the UK.

Fo­cus­ing a large area of their work within the com­mu­nity in Glouces­ter­shire, their ded­i­cated team of pas­sion­ate, lo­cal in­di­vid­u­als has di­rected the spot­light to work­ing with Chel­tenham’s busi­ness com­mu­nity.

Chel­tenham’s busi­nesses have taken cen­tre stage for the busi­ness as they aim to fo­cus on bring­ing aware­ness of the en­ergy mar­ket, cost sav­ings, and im­prov­ing other or­gan­i­sa­tions fi­nances.

Driv­ing aware­ness and sus­tain­abil­ity to the town is one of the or­gan­i­sa­tions top pri­or­ity as they con­tinue to pros­per within the en­ergy sec­tor.

Best em­ployee fi­nal­ist Car­men Da­ley, above, Olivia Pym and Remi Ash­ton

Best small busi­ness fi­nal­ists Log­i­cal Util­i­ties Com­pany and, left, Cy­ber Se­cu­rity As­so­ciates and Haremi

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