Posted: 27/11/14 by The Mallows Company Ltd
After helping thousands of people climb onto, and up, the working ladder over the last three decades, a Bozeat business has just enjoyed a career boost of its own – by winning a prestigious industry award.
The Mallows Company, founded in 1988 by Rachel Mallows, was recognised for offering ‘Best Practice in Delivering Career Development Services by a Small Provider’ (sponsored by The Aspire-Igen Group) at the UK Career Development Awards 2014 staged last night on Monday 17 November in Glasgow.
The company was shortlisted alongside two other UK providers for its high quality commitment to a number of projects, including helping people get back into work, finding employment for ex-offenders, providing careers advice in a local school and for showing a development ethic across its diverse range of services, among which is supporting and coaching potential and start-up businesses in Kettering. The Mallows Company was particularly commended for its ‘sound career coaching principles’ and for its belief in ‘releasing the potential in the person and providing a helpful and friendly place for professional and supportive guidance’.
Among the many to have been assisted in such a way is Liz McGrory who is Co-Director of Sandwell UK Ltd, the shot peening and specialist coatings firm based in Towcester. Liz said: “The support and guidance I’ve received from The Mallows Company in helping me to develop and ultimately to progress our business has been fantastic.
“They’ve enhanced my skills in so many ways, from managing changes in the workforce to our marketing, as well as giving me the insight to recognise issues we'd not thought of - and tools to deal with them. I wouldn't have achieved what I have without them and this latest success is rightfully deserved!"
For Rachel, the award is the icing on the cake to the boost that the work itself can often bring. She said: “The Mallows Company has many strings to its bow, but arguably our various career development projects and the positive results that we achieve through those can be the most satisfying professionally.
“Watching those who’ve been demoralised by unemployment come alive again after my team has helped them back into work and observing staff and managers alike blossom and develop under our guidance is incredibly rewarding, so to get this industry recognition is an added bonus and one of which we’re all very proud!”
Rachel, who is also the Director of the highly successful annual Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards, was presented with the trophy at a black tie awards dinner staged at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow. The ceremony, which included presentations across seven categories, was hosted by award-winning comedian, writer and actress Susan Calman.