Entirely Recruitment

LEICESTERSHIRE RECRUITMENT NEWS

Tuesday April 23 2019


Businesswoman Wins Region's Top Innovation Award


A Market Harborough business owner has won the prestigious Pioneer 10 award for growth, ambition and innovation.



Businesswoman Wins Region's Top Innovation Award

A Market Harborough business owner has won the prestigious Pioneer 10 award for growth, ambition and innovation.

Caroline Hunt, Director and Owner of recruitment company, Emerald Starfish, was up against six other pioneering business owners and entrepreneurs for the award, funded by Harborough District Council, and took the title at the final presentation and ceremony at Harborough Innovation Centre.

The Pioneer 10 journey started seven months ago for Caroline, who went through two rigorous stages of the competition before being selected as one of the six final business ‘Pioneers’ alongside businesses from sectors such as marketing, architecture, SEO and engineering. As well as the main award, the programme aims to support candidates with workshops over the seven-month competition, from experts in accounting, HR, business growth and public speaking. The final Pioneers were judged on how they have taken these learnings into consideration to grow their businesses in innovative and sustainable ways.

Caroline commented on the process: “I applied for Pioneer 10 because after working so hard to develop and grow my business, I was curious to see if the programme’s business experts thought it was recognisable for scalability ang growth potential. I was over the moon when I was accepted onto the programme and very shocked when I got through the second stage to become a final Pioneer! The support we have received throughout the programme with the business coaching and workshops has been second to none and the whole process has been an incredible learning experience. I never dreamt that my business would go on to win the final award.”

Emerald Starfish was founded in 2010 and is a unique recruitment offering, acting as an outsourced recruitment department for businesses across the UK. Working without commission or placement fees, Caroline uses her 19 years of experience to help companies throughout the whole process, charging for the time spent on each project. She deals with every aspect of recruitment from CV sifting and assessment centres to hiring consultancy, to help them make the best decisions for growth.

After experiencing 37 per cent growth in her business over the past year, Caroline’s unique business model, together with her ambitions for expansion, caught the judges’ eye when it came to the final stage of the competition.

The final judging saw all six Pioneers give a five-minute presentation on their ambitions for growth and innovation within their businesses, followed by a two-minute pitch on what their companies do. Judges included some of Leicestershire’s most successful business people; Accountant and Finance Manager, Rona Purdham, Solicitor, Caroline Hemsley, Business Strategist and Marketeer, Steve Chapman and Innovation Director at Oxford Innovation, Kate Jackson.

Kate Jackson, who acted as business coach for the Pioneers throughout the process, commented: “It has been a real pleasure to work with these local entrepreneurs over the last few months and seeing their impressive achievements has been particularly rewarding. I congratulate Emerald Starfish on winning this award amidst such strong competition.”

After the final presentations and judge’s deliberation, a VIP lunch was held for leading businesspeople from across Harborough and South Leicestershire, including Chairman of the Harborough District Council, Lesley Bowles.

Norman Proudfoot, joint Chief Executive of Harborough District Council who presented the award to Caroline Hunt, said: “Huge congratulations to Emerald Starfish who are deserving winners. We’re very proud to fund this initiative which brings some of the most innovative entrepreneurs to the fore and gives them a fantastic platform, and valuable support, to help achieve their maximum potential. Well done to all involved.”

Caroline continued: “I am absolutely delighted to have won the Pioneer 10 award and I’m still on cloud 9 as all my hard work has paid off. I was up against some incredibly tough competition and every candidate involved had learnt and developed from the experience. Hopefully, winning the award with help to raise awareness of Emerald Starfish and how we do things differently from other recruitment firms, especially within the SME market, across Leicestershire and beyond. 

“Through the award win, my business will receive support from the expert judges and Leicester University for the next 12 months, which will be invaluable in putting all of my plans for growth into action. I’m looking forward to utilising the tools that the programme has provided for me and my business, to help more companies recruit in the most efficient and effective way possible. Thank you once again to the whole team at Harborough Innovation Centre and Pioneer 10 for this amazing opportunity!”



"I am absolutely delighted to have won the Pioneer 10 award and Im still on cloud 9 as all my hard work has paid off. I was up against some incredibly tough competition."
Caroline Hunt








DISCLAIMER: The statements, opinions, views and advice expressed in this article are those of the author/organisation and not of ENTIRELY. This article should represent information correct at the time of publication however whilst every care has been taken to present up-to-date and accurate information, we cannot guarantee that inaccuracies will not occur. ENTIRELY will not be held responsible for any claim, loss, damage or inconvenience caused as a result of any information within this article or any information accessed through this site. The content of any organisations websites which you link to from ENTIRELY are entirely out of the control of ENTIRELY, and you proceed at your own risk. These links are provided purely for your convenience and do not imply any endorsement of or association with any products, services, content, information or materials offered by or accessible to you at the organisations site.






Discover our Industry Magazines
















Discover our UK Regional Magazines


North West Business News, Jobs and Events | Entirely North West UK
East of England Business News, Jobs and Events | Entirely East England UK
Ireland Business News, Jobs and Events | Entirely Ireland
London Business News, Jobs and Events | Entirely London UK
Midlands Business News, Jobs and Events | Entirely Midlands UK
North East Business News, Jobs and Events | Entirely North East UK
Scotland Business News, Jobs and Events | Entirely Scotland
South East Business News, Jobs and Events | Entirely South East UK
South West Business News, Jobs and Events | Entirely South West UK
Wales Business News, Jobs and Events | Entirely Wales
Yorkshire Business News, Jobs and Events | Entirely Yorkshire UK


Duane Cormell

Director


Having enjoyed the experience of working within marketing and recruitment for a national charity, Duane moved into legal recruitment several years ago after completing his Law degree at The University of Manchester. He is now the director of Realm Recruit, a legal recruitment consultancy. Realm works across the North West, Yorkshire and the West Midlands to secure legal roles at all levels. Duane is also an active member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and an ambassador for Forever Manchester.






Zoek

Job search app


Zoek is the new job search app that uses state of the art technology to find you the perfect job match. Just let Zoek know what you are after, and it's smart job search engine will provide you with the most relevant real-time job search results. Search using Zoek's job search app or browse our website.






Omni Resource Management Solutions


Omni s the UK's leading pure-play recruitment outsourcer and recruitment transformation specialist developing one of the most experienced job board resourcing teams in the country. Omni was founded in 1997.






BSC Sales Specialists Ltd


BSC Sales Specialists Ltd have been established since 1990 and are regarded as a leading sales recruitment consultancy in the North West.






AFR Consulting


AFR Consulting recruit temporary and permanent positions for leading employers in all sectors and in practice across Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside and Cheshire.






RECOMMENDED FOR YOU ON ENTIRELY MIDLANDS