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NXT Recruitment talk about NWFBA2020 as sponsors of the Employee of the Year Category

Employees are the heart of business, as recruitment experts NXT know – which is why they are proudly sponsoring the Employee of the Year category 

The independent recruitment agency, NXT, was founded in 2014 by directors Jason Hodgson and Simon Glencross, and they are long-time supporters of the region’s Family Business Network.


Based in Carlisle, they have previously sponsored the Cumbrian Employee of the Year award, and the expansion of the awards to cover the North West region has provided them with a new opportunity to raise the profile of more employees from across Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside, and Greater Manchester as well as Cumbria.


Simon said: “As a family business ourselves, we believe it is incredibly important to us to support platforms which promote and highlight family businesses and the significant role they play in society and the economy.


“Family businesses employ over 25% of the UK’s workforce, and this award commends those team members who go above and beyond. 


“Working in the recruitment sector, we recognise the contribution of exceptional employees, which is why we are delighted to sponsor and judge the Employee of the Year category. Working across this region, we know the excellent employees we have in the area, working for great family firms of all shapes and sizes.


“As both a family business ourselves and a recruitment agency, we understand only too well that there is nobody more important in helping you to achieve the vision you have for your organisation than the team around you.


“Outstanding employees can transform a business; dramatically fast forward its growth; and be the key to its success. We cannot emphasise enough how excited we are to receive applications; and to meet and host the finalists.”


Simon, Jason and the team at NXT have a wealth of knowledge and experience in recruitment. 


NXT is at the forefront of the regional recruitment sector and beyond, expanding their network of clients which includes both business and job seekers.


As part of the judging process, NXT invite those shortlisted for a ‘Meet the Judges’ day. 

On the day, finalists will be accompanied by their line manager or the family business owners. They get to meet the judges, and will also be treated to a 3-course lunch at Rickerby Retreat Spa and Assembly Restaurant, Carlisle.


Nominated by their employer, the Employee of the Year is chosen by a combination of judges’ scores and public vote.


You can vote for your favourite employee from 17 February up until midday on the 5  March, the day before the awards ceremony in Manchester on 6 March 2020, by visiting The North West Family Business Awards website.


Founder and co-director of the Family Business Network, Sue Howorth said: “We would like to thank Simon and the team at NXT for their ongoing support and the extra mile they go to help make the Employee of the Year award so special.


“Their knowledge of the recruitment sector is second-to-none, making them the perfect sponsors and ideal judges for this award. We were also delighted to welcome Simon onto our main judging panel this year, where his experience and knowledge were really insightful. Along with the rest of the judging panel, he had some tough decisions to make!”


Co-Director of the Family Business Network Dave Clarkson added: “The dedication of our sponsors and judges make the Awards a unique, exceptional business awards event. They have a desire, as we do, to raise the profile of family businesses, and celebrate what they achieve for their customers, their employees and the UK’s economy.


“We would like to thank all the sponsors of this year’s North West Family Business Awards: NXT, Cartmell Shepherd, Enterprise Answers, Gorvins Solicitors, Lancaster University, Enterprise Answers, Be the Business, Hawkshead Relish, FW Capital,  Plus 3ktv, Chesworth Communications, Front Row Graphics, Miles Moore Ceramics, Lamont Pridmore, net*, Western Pensions, Cumbriashare, Lancashare and Mancheshare.


“We are looking forward to welcoming our sponsors and family businesses at the awards ceremony. This event is an excellent opportunity for family businesses to come together to recognise their successes and achievements.” 


“With our host for the evening, food writer and presenter Nigel Barden, we will celebrate in first-class style at the Concorde Hangar at Manchester Airport’s Runway Visitor Centre, under the wings of Concorde. It is an evening not to be missed.”


Tickets for The North West Family Business Awards celebration are available via this link: 


You can follow the awards on social media with the hashtags #NWFBA202 and #WeAreNorthWest.

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