Recruiter named entrepreneur of the year
Naveed Ahmed, Managing Director of Goldteam, the specialist recruiter in the fmcg, hospitality and healthcare sectors has been named Entrepreneur of the Year at the Slough Chamber of Commerce Awards.
Naveed, 32, started off contracting in an electronics organisation and soon realised the benefits of recruiting other contractors to work for him and then supplying them to the industry. He formed Goldteam Recruitment in 2002 as a one man band. Today the company has a turnover of over 8m and has enjoyed significant growth even during the recession.
The award recognised Naveeds and Goldteams commitment to providing employment to local people. We deal with a low skilled candidate group but have been able provide ongoing temporary work to 700 people from the local economy, he said. By providing this low skilled group with free training in the areas of hygiene and health and safety, we have been able to ensure continuous assignments for what is usually an underprivileged section of our local economy as well as ensuring that they have the necessary skills to be able to secure work. This is a win/win situation providing local employment and obviously at the same time facilitating our own growth and has been made possible by my team who consistently deliver high standards.
The award also recognised Naveeds vision is to grow the business to 100m turnover by 2016 whilst achieving an unrivalled reputation for compliance, ethics and innovation. I want to do this in order to set a benchmark for our industry as a company that not only cares about making money but which also cares about how that money is made a quality I find sadly lacking in our industry today, he said.