People Source named National Business Awards future champion
Celebrating the contribution of SMEs to the UK economy, this Award recognises the small to medium-sized business that has maintained consistent growth and strong financial performance, understands its customer, has an engaged workforce with effective leadership, and is continually innovating to support future growth.
People Source is a technology recruiter providing contract and permanent staff to small to medium sized companies and blue chip businesses across the UK and Europe. In 2013 its net profit grew by 350% as a result of the business’ ability to source individuals with niche skills in a highly competitive market.
The title of & lsquo;Future Champion’ is awarded to the finalists that came closest to winning in their respective categories. A total of four Future Champions were named across all 17 categories.
Jason Baker, MD at People Source said, “Being a finalist at the National Business Awards is an incredible achievement alone, so when we were highly commended as a Future Champion on the night it was an honour. Our journey over the last 12 years has led us to a culture of empowerment and collaboration, where people are at the core of everything we do and this reflects into a quality and wholesome service for our customers. I put people before profits – my personal ambition has always been to give people a platform to achieve their career aspirations and reward their hard work. This award demonstrates how we have achieved a strong blend of a great work culture and the ability to achieve our commercial objectives.“
The National Business Awards judges said:“Demonstrating great vision, investing in people at the height of the recession, People Source has taken care of its talent to add value for customers.”
The Santander Small to Medium-Sized Business of the Year Award was won by Bulldog Skincare for Men. Over 1200 business and thought leaders gathered at the Grosvenor House Hotel for the 13th annual National Business Awards, Hosted by Sky News’ Dermot Murnaghan. The Awards welcomed Olympic sailing champion Sir Ben Ainslie as keynote speaker, and featured an opening address from Prime Minister David Cameron as well as entertainment from impressionist Rory Bremner.
The winners across all 17 categories included IKEA UK, which triumphed in the ICAEW Sustainable Business of the Year category, ITV, winner of the QBE FTSE 100 Business of the Year award, and Steelite International, named Employer of the Year.
Dame Helen Alexander, Chair of Judges, said, “Chairing the National Business Awards’ judging panel has once again demonstrated that British businesses are continually evolving, innovating and improving across all industries. I congratulate all of the worthy winners, as well as our Future Champions and all finalists, for demonstrating the attributes necessary to grow their businesses and thus the UK economy.”
People Source and The National Business Awards support the Prince’s Trust, a charity offering practical and financial support to young people who need it. Jason Baker, People Source MD, is a mentor for young people setting up their own business and supports them by advising on the best ways to succeed. The premise is to help young people increase their business skills and provide opportunities to those who might not normally be given the chance, and who knows, these could be the future winners of the National Business Awards!