DJS Research Commended At Stockport Business Awards

8th October 2013 11:51

We are pleased to say that on Thursday October 3rd 2013 we attended the Stockport Business Awards, having been shortlisted some months prior for the ‘Training Young People’ Award. Our nomination is yet another demonstration of what is a long-running commitment to both youth, and the local economy and community.

DJS Research Ltd - Stockport Business Awards

The run up to the awards saw DJS Research profiled in the local press, with praise from Helen White, of Marketing Stockport (the category sponsor) stating that:

“It is important that we retain such talent, invest in our future workforce across all sectors and stem the leakage out of the area.”

This is something with which we at DJS Research fundamentally agree. We genuinely value the contribution young people make to the business at all levels – including in the telephone unit, in data collection and analysis, research and project management roles, and the wider support roles across the business including marketing and finance.

We are committed to offering internships to young people from across the country – and also count a few non-UK nationals among our most recent; you can hear a little from Casie Peet, of Colorado, USA, here. Many of those who start as interns eventually end up as full-time members of staff, Alex McCluckie and Suzanne Fisher among them. Both Alex and Suzanne live local to the area, and were offered full-time roles following exceptional performances during their period of work experience.

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Still, it’s not just about our graduate recruitment scheme. We pride ourselves on offering internal promotion to those who show a real commitment to the company and are keen to progress. Liam Higgins started his time at DJS as a telephone interviewer, quickly progressing to be a supervisor and eventually (at 21) leading international telephone research in the CATI unit. Liam expressed an interest in moving in to a research role and, following excellent performance in a two month period, was recently promoted to a full-time research role.

As part of our application for the award, Elliot Simmonds, who leads marketing and communication at DJS (and is himself only 22) stated that:

“We do not see youth as something we ‘need to do’, we actively encourage it – through competitive remuneration, by giving young people opportunities to understand our industry and develop a foot-hold in it, and by encouraging them to strive to be the best they can be through prioritising internal promotion and progression. We are not at all afraid to let younger members of our team lead, and this has paid dividends in the last few years.”

Commenting on the awards, Danny Sims, Managing Director of DJS Research Ltd, had the following to say:

"It was a fantastic event - well organised, well attended and there were some very worthy winners - congratulations to all of them. This is the second set of awards we've been nominated for in the last year, which suggests we're very much on the right track. I'd like to thank all the organisers and everyone who was involved in putting the event together, and we will see you all again next year!"

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