Manchester harbours a rich business community with strong entrepreneurial spirit

Businesses have certainly faced some of their biggest challenges over the past 12 months as the global pandemic continues to impact on day-to-day life.

There is certainly a long way to go to recover from the hit that many companies took, but it is clear despite the difficulties Covid-19 has brought, many have been able to not only survive, but prosper and grow.

Many of them from across a range of sectors in Manchester will be recognised and celebrated at this year’s Manchester Evening News Business Awards .

International recruitment agency, the Robert Walters Group said it was important to celebrate the efforts of those companies who have managed to find ways to navigate through the past year.

For the eight year running it is sponsoring the £50m to £100m Turnover category, previously won by the likes of EDAM Group, Cardinal Maritime Group, Zen Internet and F Duerr & Son.

“We’re proud once again to sponsor the category and play a part in uncovering outstanding businesses that have diversified and transformed to help the Greater Manchester market stay resilient in a challenging economic climate,” said Lucy Bisset, director at Robert Walters Group.

Lucy Bisset said Manchester has some incredible businesses

“Working with a vibrant range of businesses within the North West, we recognise that the region harbours a rich business community and a strong entrepreneurial spirit.

“The MEN Business of the Year Awards provides a spotlight for businesses that have the ambition and commitment to grow and highlights Manchester as a major player on the global stage.”

Robert Walters is one of the world’s leading global specialist recruitment consultancies which has offices in more than 30 countries across five continents.

It offers recruitment consultancy, staffing, recruitment process outsourcing and managed services.

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With its long-standing expertise, it is sought out by employers who want to find the best market talent. This ranges from traditional recruitment and staffing to high-end talent management in sectors including accounting and finance, technology, financial services, business support, supply chain, procurement and logistics.

In the North West, clients range from high-growth start-ups in developing industries such as fintech, SMEs, to blue-chip enterprises.

“While it has been a disruptive 10 months, it is important to note that pre-pandemic the global economy was very much moving in the right direction – with employment at an all-time high across UK regional growth hubs,” Lucy added.

“Covid-19 is something that has thrown that flow out-of-sync. There will be a period where markets begin to ‘pick up where they left off’ with mid 2021 anticipated to show the first signs of that.”

Robert Walters has offices in more than 30 countries

The company is working hard to help, assisting businesses to support diversity, inclusion and belonging and give more opportunities to people from underrepresented groups.

It has partnered with specialist diversity and inclusion organisations, including its internal partner, Pearn Kandola. The company has created a diversity and inclusion strategy report highlighting the key trends, issues, best practice and strategic advice for companies on how to improve their approach diversity and inclusion.

It launches this month and includes best practice examples of inclusion in action from companies such as Co-op, The Dorchester Hotel Group, Morgan Stanley and Manchester United.

In what has been a seminal, eye-opening year globally for the diversity and inclusion movement, 7,500 professionals completed a survey conducted by Robert Walters to understand the state of play of D&I across UK workplaces,” Lucy said.

“The latest white paper in the diversity and inclusion campaign will help businesses to understand the unique challenges of cultivating a multi-demographic workforce, with the tools to take proactive steps to attract, engage and retain a diversity of talent in their workforce.”

Robert Walters, chief executive officer, started out 35 years ago with plans to build a global recruitment business offering high quality service with integrity. He is proud that it has remained committed to those principles and has received accolades across its business.

Nominations are now open
Nominations are now open

Find out more about the Manchester Evening News Business Awards

The MEN Business Awards are the region’s biggest and longest-standing business awards – recognising and rewarding success and innovation in businesses across all sectors in Greater Manchester.

Beginning in 1992, the awards have a long history of attracting the very best in the business with organisations of all sizes getting involved, from long-established multi-nationals to start-ups.

Hosted by the Manchester Evening News, the awards ceremony celebrates the very best of local businesses and highlights Greater Manchester’s position as one of the country’s leading regions for business growth.

To find out more about the Manchester Evening News Business Awards 2021 visit the awards website here.