It was a pivotal year for businesses in the North in 2015 – the Northern Powerhouse agenda has made big strides, with devolution powers being agreed across the North East and Tees Valley regions. One of the most exciting and promising aspects of the deal is the power that local authorities will have over resources and policies that affect the everyday life of local businesses, whatever their sector or size.
It’s great to see local business people having an influence over regional business matters. I firmly believe that a people-centred approach to business holds the key to success. At George F White, we are all about people. As a consultancy, our market knowledge and ability to educate clients when making key decisions comes from the people who work across the business. By giving the right tools to excellent people – the team – we’re able to give the right guidance and support to clients.
Last year was a triumphant year for George F White – with multiple award wins across the company – showcasing the individual strengths we have within a committed and close-knit team. 2015’s award winners included our letting business, from director-level roles and mid-level management, to apprentices.
At last year’s North East Woman Entrepreneur of the Year awards, Holly Armstrong, director of GFW Letting and operations manager of George F White, won the Leadership Award. Fran Mulhall, regional operations manager at GFW Letting, also beat stiff competition in the service category, picking up the Best Service Award. Fran has also been shortlisted for Best Newcomer at The Chronicle Sunshine Fund’s Glass Slipper Awards, which take place in early this year.
One of our partners, Jonathan Wallis, received a high commendation at the RICS Young Surveyor of the Year awards; a fantastic achievement on a national level. Also, one of our first ever GFW Letting apprentices, Adam Bishop, was recently named Apprentice of the Year at the Newcastle Business Awards for his success and continued hard work.
Not only has last year’s array of award wins recognised the promising careers of individuals across the organisation, it has also made me feel, as managing partner, proud and even more excited about expanding the business and being able to bring people on within it.
As a consultancy, getting the right recruits to join the business and fulfil their true potential is a priority. People do business with people, therefore it is crucial that we protect our people-driven brand and values and continue to push this ethos forward. 2015 was a great celebration of our people-centred approach and we look forward to an even better 2016. As ever, we will be looking to create opportunities for junior employees to develop their career paths as, ultimately, it is the people of the business who hold the key to success and growth.