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Launching the 2020 Derby Telegraph Business Awards

by Nikki Kinsey | 22 January 2020

This year we are delighted to once again be sponsoring the Not-for-Profit category at the Derby Telegraph Business Awards. For the launch the Derby Telegraph asked Director, and longstanding supporter of the awards, Nikki Kinsey why she decided to come on board as a sponsor, and what it takes for your business to be successful.

Why did you decide to become a category sponsor

We have been sponsoring the Not-for-Profit category at the Derby Telegraph Business Awards since 2013. We continue to offer our support because we want to remain an integral part of Derby and the Midlands business community. We believe awards like this are essential, allowing us to build lasting relationships with businesses and organisations across the region. Supporting the community and those in need is something that aligns with our own core values. We have a strong affiliation with the not-for-profit sector across the UK, so this ceremony and our chosen category are a great way of giving back and supporting deserving causes; ensuring not-for-profit organisations of all sizes across the region get the recognition they deserve.

What is your business looking for from the winners of this category?

In the eight years we have sponsored this category we have judged over 70 entries and every year we are blown away by the standard, and the amazing work being done by not-for-profit organisations across Derbyshire.

In terms of what we are looking for from our winner, we look for an organisation that is going above and beyond to support those in the local community around them. We don’t necessarily place importance on size or headcount, as some of the best work being done is by the smallest organisations in the region. Instead, we look for organisations of all sizes that are consistently making a real impact on people’s lives and that garner the respect and support of the community in which they work.

We also look closely at financial performance. As a Trustee of a small charity I understand the significant pressures that the not-for-profit sector faces, so it is vital that our winner demonstrates their ability to maintain and drive forward financial performance in an ever changing and challenging landscape. We therefore look for organisations that use their initiative and think unconventionally about the funding they need in order to be successful.

In your experience what are the main skills required to succeed in business?

The world we live in is ever changing, which means it’s essential we are adaptable and open to change. However, we don’t simply want to react to a changing world; we want to shape it and lead from the front, with energy, focus and of course competitive spirit.

When I think of a successful business leader I think of those who are resilient and robust, as well as highly disciplined. They will also be creative with their decisions, authentic in their leadership style and not be afraid to take informed risks. It is also important to remain positive during adversity. With the current political climate, this is more important than ever.

How will your own business be looking to enhance its offering this year?

Last year Sellick Partnership sold a majority stake to Samsic, one of Europe’s largest soft service providers which will help us accelerate our growth in the coming years. The deal is an endorsement of Sellick Partnership’s success building a market-leading, sustainable and profitable business.

We saw a real synergy between our business and Samsic and our cultures are very much aligned. Samsic remains to this day a family owned business, and we are excited to work with them to grow Sellick Partnership in the coming years. The investment from Samsic provides the springboard to continue expanding our services and footprint, but at a quicker rate. As a result, we are now looking to expand our current offering and grow our teams across our network of offices.

For more information about the awards, you can get in touch, or visit https://derbytelegraphbusinessawards.co.uk/.