Turning the spotlight on award finalists
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.
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.”
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