Judith Wright, of Wright Angle Marketing
EMPLOYEES at a marketing company in Barkisland have nominated their boss for a top award.
Judith Wright set up Wright Angle Marketing in 2001 and after two years on her own working from home moved to premises at Bowers Mill.
The company provides services including consultancy and strategic planning, market research, campaign planning, event management and promotions and training.
Now marketing assistant Jodie Mitchell and designer Kirsty Welsh – who were both given a chance to work for the company despite a lack of formal qualifications – have praised Judith for her support and encouragement.
Jodie said she had contacted Judith – who she had worked for on promotional events – after having tried a variety of jobs "which weren’t leading anywhere".
She said: "Judith took me on for a three-month trial – that was over three years ago – and how very fortunate because I now realise that I have been taught by and learnt from the very best."
In April, 2008, Judith appointed Kirsty as a graphic designer. Although she had masses of creative talent, Kirsty had no formal qualifications in design. Judith enabled her to develop hr skills on the job and on "day-release" with a local design and print company.
Said Jodie: "Judith took a chance with both of us because we had the ‘Wright’ attitude. Judith believed in us and inspired us to thrive and develop."
She added: "Judith is a very different boss who approaches workplace development in an unusual way. At Wright Angle Marketing, ‘blame culture’ is not a term you would ever hear.
"When we carry out our work we feel free to make decisions secure in the knowledge we will be supported throughout the process, encouraged and occasionally pushed out of our comfort zones."
As well as encouraging employees to give of their best, Judith also enjoys providing work experience placements for students and runs her own foundation programme to equip them with simple tools to help their careers blossom.
Ken Davy of Simply Biz
EMPLOYEE development all adds up for a company providing support for the UK’s independent financial advisers.
Simply Biz, based at Huddersfield’s Galpharm Stadium, is the UK’s fastest growing compliance support provider, helping to support more than 5,000 IFAs nationally.
Since its launch in 2002, the company has received numerous awards for its quality of service.
Simplybiz was ranked 19th in the 2009 Sunday Times Profit Track 100 Awards listing Britain’s fastest-growing private companies by average annual profit growth – as well as being ranked in the 2007 and 208 Sunday Times Fast Track 100 Awards charting the firms with the fastest-growing sales.
It was named best IFA network support service provider in 2008 and 2009 and ranked fourth in the Hot 100.
Chairman Ken Davy is well aware of the contribution made by its staff to gaining those accolades.
He said: "SimplyBiz is dedicated to the ongoing development of its workforce with each and every member of staff being offered the opportunity to take part in training to gain further qualifications ranging from NVQs in customer service and business administration to industry-specific certificates in financial planning.
"The nature of the business means staff must continually update their knowledge in order to respond to members’ needs.
"SimplyBiz regularly hosts training sessions in collaboration with its partners and providers to ensure staff have the knowledge and confidence required to offer the best service possible as well as continuing professional development."
Mr Davy added: "Suggestions for training areas are always welcome from staff and SimplyBiz recently held a copy-writing in business course which was open to all staff who were interest in gaining another skill or developing their existing skills in this area."
David and Jacqui Cooper of Cooper's Coffee
STICKING with core values has helped Cooper’s Coffee expand its business.
The Bradley-based company was formed by David and Jacqui Cooper in 1989 – originally operating from a small bedroom and garage in Leeds.
Over the past 20 years, it has grown to become one of the UK’s leading suppliers of coffee and coffee-making equipment with 18 employees and annual turnover exceeding £2m.
The company, which recently attained Investors in People status, has also built a new warehouse to provide 2,500 sq ft of extra storage space.
Cooper’s plans to convert part of it into a state-of-the-art barista training centre – the largest outside London.
Said David: "Cooper’s prides itself on delivering excellent quality and service and aims to be seen as ‘Extraordinary Coffee People’.
"The directors are aware that it is the people who will take the business forward and over the past 18 months have worked hard to further develop people practices and professionalism to support this goal and contribute to further improvements in customer satisfaction.
"The recent Investors in People report found that all staff are committed to the vision, mission and aims of the business.
"Everyone has a clear understanding of what they want to achieve, their contribution and a belief that they are making a positive difference."
David added: "There is a strong team working ethos, which has created a positive working environment. Staff opinions are valued and they are encouraged to suggest ways in which things can be improved.
"People feel they have the freedom to implement new ideas which may benefit the business."
Said David: "At Cooper’s we believe that the quality of our products together with our enthusiasm and innovation from the team of committed people sets us apart from the rest."