East of England, 1st March 2017, IoD Director of the Year Awards announced today that Kelly Haston FIRP DipRP, Managing Director of aspire cambridge has been shortlisted for Director of the Year Award in the 2017 IoD Director of the Year Awards, sponsored by Barclays.

The Institute of Directors Director of the Year Awards celebrate the very best in UK business. They are a public recognition of the key role that directors play, not only in the UK’s economy but also in job preservation and creation. They place emphasis on individual excellence and achievement.

The Awards are open to all Directors (or equivalent level position), both IoD members and non-members, from within the private, public and voluntary sectors, across the whole of the East of England of the IoD.

The benefits of entering the IoD East of England Director of the Year Awards extend far beyond the recognition and prestige associated with winning one of the Award categories.

5 reasons to take part:

  • Invaluable positive press coverage opportunities to help raise your business profile throughout the entire Awards process
  • Gain recognition from your peers and celebrate your business achievement
  • Influence potential investors and stakeholders and increase your business growth
  • Boost staff morale and attract new high-quality staff
  • Network with fellow entrepreneurs

On receiving notification of the short list Kelly said “I am thrilled to be shortlisted and to have received such high recognition for my work at aspire cambridge. It’s great to get external recognition for all of the hard work our team has put in over the last nine years and help us increase awareness of our unique offering. Our company has countless achievements and accomplishments, especially from last year which proved to be exceptionally productive for our company. Without the support of our excellent team it would never have been this big. Each and everyone of our team plays a very important role in the development of our company. It is for their enthusiasm, support and dedication that I shall ever remain indebted to the contributions of our employees. Just being shortlisted for the award is a wonderful achievement and a great honour. To become a finalist or the possibility of even winning an award will demonstrate a job well done as after all, most people will never know the challenges we’ve encountered to get to where we are today. We do not do what we do for recognition by our immediate organisation, however being recognised by your peers across an entire region would be an extraordinary moment. We do what we do because its our passion.”

The Director of the Year – East of England Judges are now reviewing shortlisted candidates in each category and making decision regarding finalists before further announcements during the first week of April. The Director of the Year Awards – East of England Region luncheon will be held on Friday 28th April 2017 in Newmarket, Suffolk.

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About Kelly Haston

In 2008, Kelly founded aspire cambridge, formally known as aspire recruitment solutions.

The recruitment industry has changed dramatically, with approaches to recruitment techniques developing in parallel with the introduction of new digital technologies and platforms. This fast flowing industry has no choice but to adapt to changes, ensuring that the best talent acquisition methods are being implemented, in order to increase the success of filling a vacancy with the best possible candidate.

Kelly’s career in recruitment and human resources started in 2004, she has a wealth of experience in these industries and have succeeded despite recessions, market changes and more recently the speculation surrounding Brexit. Kelly is responsible for the overall performance of the business, across all specialist divisions, defining and implementing strategy and growth plans.

Working with the management team, one of her core objectives is to ensure delivery to clients and candidates is kept to the highest of standards. Kelly builds on relationships that have been formed since the launch of the business and ensure that all partnerships are built on foundations of trust and integrity, while ensuring the highest levels of customer service is achieved.

From humble beginnings, aspire cambridge was set up by it’s founder, Kelly Haston. Kelly started her business venture in 2008, from her one bedroomed terrace house, on the outskirts of Cambridge. Her mum came up with the name aspire recruitment solutions, over a roast dinner back in 2007, after bashing many different names about – they promise, no chickens were harmed in the process! Later this changed to aspire cambridge with the introduction of their human resource services division.

Kelly became inspired to set up her own recruitment business, because she saw a gap in the market – it was the people element that was missing from her introduction recruitment whilst working for a local independent agency. Her mission was to offer a more personalised and transparent approach to recruitment and help great businesses find great people and brilliant people to find brilliant businesses!

After working 17 hours a day, managing up to 148 vacancies at any one time with just one employee in the early stages, aspire cambridge has continued to spread its wings. Now nine years on, three offices later, several fluttering pink butterflies flying about, and a kaput panasonic telephone the business keeps expanding. They even still have the original HP laptop in the business today!

aspire cambridge

Today, aspire cambridge has a pretty simple and straight forward ambition, they aim to be the best recruitment and human resources consultancy across the UK and even further a field. And they know this is possible to achieve, as their business is filled to the brim with a brilliant team that are accredited and qualified, to make them even more brilliant! A team, who keep the original values, and helps shape the business, to provide a positive recruitment and human resources experience to both business and job seekers alike.

For more information about aspire cambridge please visit www.aspirecambridge.co.uk