What an experience it was to attend the National Business Awards last week. The magnitude of the event was certainly something special and it was a pleasure to be sat at the Access table. From a client perspective, to see our suppliers recognised was truly gratifying, especially alongside an impressive list of shortlisted companies across the different categories, including Marks and Spencer, BT, Sainsbury's and Deloitte.
On a personal level, this was a journey for me as I was involved in presenting to the panel of judges with Access for the Business Enabler of the Year category, so I could relate to the whole event. I believe it's a true sign of partnership to involve the client - many companies would not have the courage to do that. And whilst Access didn't take home the award on this occasion, the fact that it was a finalist speaks volumes. Access has certainly demonstrated its ability to enable the enablers.
At Barts & The London Charity we've been using Access Dimensions for a number of years so we've experienced this first-hand. Coupled with the fact that its customers were finalists in nine out the 15 categories with Baringa winning Employer of the Year, they must be doing something right.
The awards evening was a great night and a fantastic opportunity to meet other parts of the Access team. They certainly know how to have fun, and I was made to feel so welcome and at ease! It was clear to see why they'd been shortlisted, not just for their software but their enthusiasm and pride in what they do.
This was reflected in a very empowering and motivational interview with Jessica Ennis on the night, which left you inspired to go out there and achieve great things. Just like all the finalists had done. It was such a positive experience and great to celebrate the best of British business of which Access is truly a part.
Arati Patel, Head of Resources
Barts & The London Charity