27 Nov 2012
Awarded the Croner Employer of the Year Accolade
Prime Minister and Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury support British businessesBaringa Partners, the leading independent management consultancy specialising in the energy, utilities and financial services sectors has been revealed as a 2012 National Business Awards in partnership with Orange winner. The business was revealed as the Croner Employer of the Year, at the gala dinner hosted by Sky News Presenter Jeff Randall. The company was founded in late 2000 to fill a market need for experienced, delivery-focused consultancy in the deregulating energy markets. Baringa has won the award for their implementation of its Human Resources Policy which has created a stimulating and supportive workplace, with a well-motivated, well-trained, ambitious, innovative and integrated workforce. National Business Awards judges commented; “A true meritocracy delivering astounding financial results, Baringa is evolving a culture aligned with its growth plan by attracting and developing future leaders.” Announcing the finalists in this category, Andy Hague, Managing Director of Croner said: “Baringa have the rare combination of a very strong financial performance with noticeable buy in from every single employee. This is reflected in very low numbers of staff leaving the company, a flat management structure and a culture where each and every employee gives their best at all times.” The eleventh annual National Business Awards were opened with a video address from the Prime Minister and Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander also addressed the 1200 business leaders. Other influential attendees included Sir Roger Carr, Chairman of Centrica and President of the CBI and Chair of Judges, Baroness Virginia Bottomley. Phil Smith, CEO, Cisco UK and Ireland was honoured with the prestigious Orange Leader of the Year Award, an award decided by a combination of public vote and a ballot from a panel of 35 senior executives from across the business community. Kate Swann, CEO, WH Smith received the Daily Telegraph Award for a Decade of Excellence in Business for her distinguished career leading retail businesses and turning round WH Smith’s fortunes. Other winners include Shutl, the web service who organise immediate and convenient delivery of online shopping, who took home the Start-Up Business of the Year Award, with judges commenting that they have been setting new standards for delivery and service in its sector. Joseph Joseph was crowned the BlackBerry Growth Strategy of the Year winner, with Ella’s Kitchen, producers of organic baby and toddler food being awarded the 3i International Growth Business of the Year. Registered charity, London Early Years Foundation won the Transformational Change of the Year award for turning a vulnerable charity into a financially secure social enterprise. Alex Evans, Programme Director of the National Business Awards said: “Attracting household names, and those aspiring to be; the National Business Awards are the accolade of choice for those seeking the highest recognition – whether it’s to attract talent, investment, new customers or media attention.” Visit www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk for more information. The National Business Awards supports Help for Heroes, a charity that offers support and advice for wounded soldiers. Notes for editors: Winners The Daily Telegraph Award for a Decade of Excellence – Kate Swann, WH Smith The Orange Leader of the Year Award – Phil Smith, Cisco Entrepreneur of the Year - Colin Stevens, Better Bathrooms Business Enabler of the Year – Newton Europe Ecommerce Strategy of the Year - Zaggora.com Santander SME of the Year – Trunki Small Online Business of the Year – Luxury for Less Croner Employer of the Year – Baringa Partners Huawei Customer Focus Award – World First ICAEW Sustainability Award – Marks & Spencer Start-Up Business of the Year - Shutl Orange Innovation Award - Apetito BlackBerry Growth Strategy of the Year - Joseph Joseph Transformational Change of the Year – London Early Years Foundation The Leadership Diversity Award – Eversheds Coutts FTSE 100 Business of the Year – Intertek Group 3i International Growth Business of the Year – Ella’s Kitchen The Grichan Partnership is the official executive search partner for the National Business Awards. For further information or interview opportunities contact: Rachel Branigan PR Manager UBM Awards and Partnerships Tel: 0207 955 3843 Email: Rachel.firstname.lastname@example.org Annelle Botha Head of PR and Marketing UBM Awards and Partnerships Tel: 0207 234 8753 Email: email@example.com About the National Business Awards Open to organisations of all sizes from all sectors across the UK, the National Business Awards in partnership with Orange is the UK’s most prestigious independent business recognition platform with its particular emphasis on excellence, innovation and ethical business. Now in its eleventh year, the National Business Awards connects the nations’ professionals through its annual awards ceremony; year-round thought leadership and round table events; and is UBM plc’s flagship awards programme. Visit www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk for further information or follow us on Twitter @businessawards. About Help for Heroes Help for Heroes (H4H) was founded by Bryn and Emma Parry after a profoundly moving visit to Selly Oak Hospital in the summer of 2007. Bryn and Emma met some extraordinarily brave young men who had been badly wounded and they just wanted to do something to help. The charity was launched in October 2007 and provides direct, practical support for those wounded, injured or who have become sick in the line of duty and their families. About Orange UK Orange is the key brand of the France Telecom Group, one of the world's leading telecommunications operators. With almost 131 million customers, the Orange brand now covers Internet, television and mobile services in the majority of countries where the Group operates. In the UK, Orange provides high quality GSM coverage to 99% of the UK population, and 3G coverage to more than 93%. Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trade marks of Orange Brand Services Limited. On July 1 2010, the company became part of Everything Everywhere, one company that runs two of Britain's most famous brands - Orange UK and T-Mobile UK - with plans to transform the industry by giving customers instant access to everything, everywhere, offering them the best value, best choice and best network coverage in the country. Everything Everywhere Limited is the UK’s biggest communications company, with a combined customer base of almost 28 million people and more than 720 retail stores across the country. Everything Everywhere Limited is registered at Hatfield Business Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9BW under the registered company number 02382161. For more information please call the Orange Press Office 0870 3731500, or visit www.orange.co.uk/newsroom About Croner Croner, a Wolters Kluwer business (www.cronersolutions.co.uk), is the UK’s largest provider of workplace information, software and services. It has served HR, health & safety and business professionals since 1948 with market leading products such as Croner Simplify and Croner Professional. Wolters Kluwer is a market-leading global information services company. Professionals in the areas of legal, business, tax, accounting, finance, audit, risk, compliance, and healthcare rely on Wolters Kluwer’s leading information-enabled tools and software solutions to manage their business efficiently, deliver results to their clients, and succeed in an ever more dynamic world. Wolters Kluwer had 2011 annual revenues of €3.4 billion, employs approximately 19,000 people worldwide, and maintains operations across Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. Wolters Kluwer is headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands. Its shares are quoted on Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices.
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