Anniversary year brings national business award accolade for family-run firm

Gavin Howarth, MD at Howarths People & Safety Management

A Yorkshire HR and employment law firm has been shortlisted for three national awards that recognise the contribution family-run businesses make to the UK economy.

Howarths People and Safety Management, based in Cleckheaton, has been shortlisted in the Best Small Business, Big Heart and Family Business of the Year categories at the 2018 National Family Business Awards.

The firm, which marks its 15th year in business this year, was established in 2003 by chairman Andy Howarth and wife Helen, and is now run by their son and managing director, Gavin Howarth.

The business is on track to hit the £1million turnover mark in 2018, and last year established its own independent charity, The Howarth Foundation, to assist the homeless back into employment.

The National Family Business Awards are the UK and Ireland’s only awards dedicated to family-run businesses, and are designed to recognise and reward the achievements of outstanding family businesses across the country.

Gavin Howarth, managing director at Howarths, said: “In the last 15 years, we’ve grown our business based on family values including trust, respect and integrity, which our clients understand and respect.

“To make it to the final of these awards in our anniversary year is a fantastic way to honour these values and celebrate the hard work and dedication from every single person involved in the business.”

Winners of the National Family Business Awards will be announced at a black-tie ceremony at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 14 July.


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