The University of Huddersfield Business School held its first Help to Grow Awards ceremony earlier in the month to celebrate the incredible achievements of businesses from across the region.
Help to Grow Management is a government-backed twelve-week management programme designed to support senior managers of small and medium-sized businesses. By working with the Huddersfield Business School, businesses can boost their performance, resilience and long-term growth.
Participating businesses benefit from one-to-one support from an experienced business mentor, practical management training and gain access to a business network where they can learn from their peers and connect with other local business leaders.
The Programme Lead for Help to Grow, Stella Bowdell, commented: “The Help to Grow Management programme is not just a government initiative; it’s a catalyst for transformation and success within our local business community. Congratulations to all the winners at Huddersfield Business School’s Help to Grow Awards and Celebration! This event celebrates the remarkable achievements of those businesses who have taken part in our 12 week programme, and we are incredibly excited to see what comes next from them all.”
This inaugural awards ceremony recognised the achievements of local business leaders and took place at Lu’s Place in Meltham (one of the Help to Grow 2023 award finalists).
Congratulations to this year’s award winners:
- Award for Growth – Shellie O’Connor of Actiform
- Award for Digital Transformation – Martin Bown of My Management Accountant
- Award for International Impact – Alexandra Sheldrake, Claire Paxman of Paxman Scalp Cooling
- Award for Employee Engagement – Thomas Burwell of BOSS Training Limited
- Award for Social Media – Berenice Northcott of Access North Ltd
- Award for Social / Environmental Impact – Joff Ward of CorkSol UK Ltd
- Award for Collaboration – Mohammad Ruhail AMIMechE of Trust Electric Heating
- Award for Most Inspiring Peer – Berenice Northcott of Access North Ltd and Kirsty Watson of Qualia Academy
The judging panel included guest judges Andy Picken, Principal Consultant Wellbeing HSQE Trans Pennine Rail Upgrade Alliance Programme Wellbeing Lead, who presented the award for Employee Engagement; Daniel Ackroyd, Head of Compliance at Accu, who presented the award for Social Media and Lisa Gray, Account Manager at CABS, who presented the award for Digital Transformation.