A COMPANY has been commended for taking time to put back into the community.
Fusion IT Management is the latest winner of the Business of the Month Award run by Huddersfield law firm Eaton Smith.
The award is run in association with the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce and Business Link Yorkshire.
Jamie Watson founded Edgerton-based Fusion IT seven years ago after he identified a need for unbiased IT support and advice in the Kirklees area and beyond.
He said: “We felt frustrated by the raw deal that many people were getting from their existing IT support companies and we wanted to genuinely help people.”
This ethos runs right through the business – from recycling computer equipment to supporting young people in apprenticeship schemes.
Leeds-born Mr Watson, who is managing director, benefited from work experience early in his career, so he wanted to take on an apprentice in his own business.
The decision paid off and the apprentice is now qualified and in a full-time position.
Judges were also impressed by the commitment of company director Nick Ryder, who took part in a scheme last year to mentor new start businesses.
He spent time every month working with someone who wanted to set-up on their own, but needed advice and encouragement to take the first steps.
Fusion IT now counts accountancy firms, law practices and even a soft drinks supplier among its clients
Said Mr Ryder: “Winning this award is very exciting.
“It’s good to know that our hard work is paying off in terms of recognition as well as the business succeeding.
The award is open to all companies in Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield.
Go to www.eatonsmith.co.uk or contact Ian Greenwood, of Eaton Smith Solicitors on 01484 821389.