Business is fundamentally about people. Here we collate the stories of people who have had their lives improved through their jobs and the employers who see business as a force for good.

Share your stories with us, and tell us how your business has helped employees and the local community.

I take care of the people who work for The Hendy Group, is a business that is 165 years old.


Director of People and Organisational Development, Hendy Group

I was at college before I worked at Access. I liked the sound of everything they did so much, I wanted to drop out of college immediately to work for them.


Sales Development Representative, Access Group

Nestwork is a Loughborough based company built around helping students secure jobs through peer-to-peer learning and AI tools.


Founder, Nestwork

BHP is one of the leading independent accountancy firms in the North.


Chief People Officer, BHP

It has to be fun and it has to pay its way. Apart from that, there are no rules.


Owner, Poppyland

I was fortune enough to meet and then work with a serial entrepreneur when I was in my late twenties.


CEO, Previsico

Pembroke Refinery opened in 1964, one of a number of refineries to be built on the Milford Haven Waterway during the 1960s and 1970s.


Manager Public and Government Affairs, Valero

I started in business in 1985. Having worked and qualified in the insurance sector in Loughborough at the time that was my focus at first, but we evolved into personal financial planning.


Financial Advisor

My company is ExpHand. We make three prosthetic products that can grow with someone’s body. Using 3D printers, we can manufacture on the go, on demand. Anywhere in the world, so long as you’ve got a plug socket.


CEO, ExpHand Prosthetics

Back in 2011, the riots were still fresh in the mind, and my peers and I that had come from challenging upbringings ourselves wanted to do something to disrupt the cycle.


Coach Core Foundation

Good With Devices (GWD) has been running for about 20 years now. Me and my business partner took it over in 2015, in a management buyout.



After having grown up in west London, I went to university in Sheffield, studying bioengineering. I went down to Cambridge for my “year in industry”, working for a start-up company there.


Founder, Tech company

You should love what you do, and if you don’t, you should look for something that really inspires you…

Georgia and Ben

Personnel and Apprentice Engineer

We care deeply about inspiring loyalty and retaining the people who work for us. We want to motivate them and boost their happiness…


Founder, Digis

Work takes up a lot of time, time is personal, and so your work has to be personal to you.



We need to make room to take a chance on people. I like working with people who want to serve; who are not self-serving. I admire people who train people and watch them fly, without any sense of envy or resentment.



Working and learning means I can afford to go on holiday with my family and also with my friends, buy my own car and treat my loved ones with gifts.


Logistics Co-ordinator, PG Paper

I think I get my work ethic from my dad. He died when I was eleven years old. He was an engineer and had his own business. He showed me how important family is, and he really enjoyed what he did. He was a worker and I can’t imagine not working.


QHSE Manager

I’m very driven and I love to work. I want to go on to be a top designer and industry professional, and hopefully one day have the opportunity to mentor people who were once in my position.


Digital Creative Executive

I always knew I wanted to set up my own company. My friend and I had been talking about it for years. We had been working in fintech and banking in various places, getting lots of experience, and then Christmas 2019 we thought let’s do it.


Founder, fintech company

After rehab, I wanted to build a different life. I was offered an apprenticeship in an IT company, even though I had never even sent an email before. My boss showed that he trusted me and gradually I began to learn.


Head of Service, IT

I’ve always wanted to know why. Why things happen. How things work. When I was a child, I had a toy with a little prism on it and when I held it up to the light it would glow.


Research & Development Manager

Over the years, we have employed all sorts of people and helped them learn skills, both in terms of IT and technical skills and also crucial habits like timekeeping and working well with other people.


Founder, IT company

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