Local businesswoman sets up awards entry company

Rachel Hargrave

Local businesswomen, Rachel Hargrave, has launched a new business.

Hargrave, who has run RDZ PR firm since 2002, has set up The Awards People – a company aimed at helping businesses enter – and win – awards.

She said: “Many of my PR clients are interested in raising their profile through entering business awards whether they be local, regional or national and I’ve found myself writing more and more of them. I wondered if it was something that might be of interest to more business people and undertook some market research. The feedback was very clear and so I developed The Awards People, a company focussed solely on the research, writing and submission of – mainly – business awards for people who are either too busy or who know it’s not their key strength.

“The business has been running quietly in the background for the last few months whilst we’ve been ironing out our offers and our pricing but the interest has already been phenomenal, so now we’re launching it officially. My plan is to grow this nationally and fast. I’m working with Russell Copley from Greenborough who helps businesses like me to become investment ready and he’s been a huge help.

Hagrave says The Awards People is already working with clients both locally and nationally, from start-ups through to the UK subsidiary of an American conglomerate.

She added: “We’ve been writing industry specific awards, learning and development awards, Apprenticeship awards, local and regional business awards right the way through to two Queens Awards for Enterprise. It’s been all go and we’ve already got two writers writing almost full time and an administrator carrying out all the research we need and we’ve only been running for six months. It’s very exciting and I’m genuinely thrilled at the level of interest in it and, frankly, there’s nothing better than getting a call or an email from a client to say they’ve been shortlisted, made it to the finals or won the award they entered. It makes me smile every time. I love that.”