24-year-old Lauren Valler from Balsall Common won the New Business of the Year 2017 Award for a successful first year as owner of Habakuk Recruitment at the inaugural LadiesFirst Professional Development Network‘s Business Awards.The awards night – hosted at Nailcote Hall on Thursday 19th October 2017 by the gloriously bonkers BBC presenter and journalist, Trish Adudu – celebrated the success stories of women in business throughout Warwickshire and the West Midlands.
Lauren’s award came as recognition for early successes growing her start-up, complete with her wider vision to help the homeless and disadvantaged of Birmingham, with the support of the business accelerator programme, Entrepreneurial Spark:
“My passion has always been to see the lives of the homeless and disadvantaged communities transformed. I knew I could never have a fulfilling career without having some impact.”
Habakuk Recruitment was born from Lauren’s desire to combine her business experience with wider ambitions to help the disadvantaged and handpicked a team to help her do it. The company specialises in the recruitment of marketing professionals for a range of sectors, including technology, healthcare, finance, law, construction, fashion, agency, sports and events. In little more than a year, Habakuk employs a team of five and is already expanding into Milton Keynes with a new recruitment consultant. Despite such a brief period of trading the business has already supported 30 individuals into work placements in the last ten months.
Discussing her win Lauren said:
“I was completely astonished. I’m not really one to put myself in the limelight so I wanted my team there with me. Together I think we are making something amazing and changing the face of recruitment with our thinking about the bigger picture.”
Habakuk Recruitment is inspired by Christian values, with honesty, ethics and transparency at the centre of everything they do. The firm has been structured to donate 10% of net profit to a dedicated charitable arm of the business, ‘HKvision’. Working in partnership with Miss Macaroon and Birmingham Homeless Outreach, with further partnerships with relevant charities pending, Lauren and her team are passionate about making a difference. Future plans include help for the homeless in tackling employability issues with ‘back-to-work’ skill trade workshops designed to offer pathways to paid work and lifelong career prospects.
“As an entrepreneur, I know that stories matter and it’s important for me to have a story worth sharing. I want Habakuk to be known as a company that changes the lives of people we come into contact with, whether it’s a client or a candidate, a partner or a homeless person, Habakuk is here to help everyone get ‘ahead with a heart’.”
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