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A winning client offering and fast growth rate impresses judges at UK Business Awards

We’re thrilled to have found out that People Puzzles are finalists in the 2019 Best SME category of the prestigious UK Business Awards, with founder Ally Maughan shortlisted for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Now in its fourth year, the UKBA is billed as ‘A celebration of excellence and innovation in British business’. They’re also affectionately known as ‘The Dons’ after its chairman Don Hale, a prominent figure in the UK business awards industry.

The Best SME category is for small to medium-sized enterprises that have delivered consistent growth through great leadership, understanding their clients’ needs and successful employee engagement. The Entrepreneur of the Year award celebrates business leaders who have delivered impressive results from a start-up company.

People Puzzles has been shortlisted in both categories for its impressive rate of growth, a great work-life balance for its team and high satisfaction scores with clients.

When Ally started People Puzzles in 2010 her vision was based around a simple idea – to give small but ambitious businesses access to top People Directors on a part-time basis that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford. Top People Directors are attracted to People Puzzles by the opportunity to take on interesting work and develop a portfolio of clients with support from a larger team – all while working flexibly or part-time. It’s the ultimate win-win situation for those working for People Puzzles and for their clients.

This winning combination has helped to fuel People Puzzles’ success. It is already the largest provider of part-time People Directors in the UK, and since its inception has helped more than 500 businesses (sustaining an NPS between 60 and 75 – higher than Apple and Amazon). With a growth rate of more than 40% year on year, the business hit its £4m turnover target in 2018 and aims to get to £10m in 2022. Only 1% of HR consultancies ever turn over more than £1m; People Puzzles had already surpassed this before Ally went on maternity leave in 2017.

With a newly expanded senior leadership team now in place, the company now has the foundations to continue its growth journey and expand into new areas with new product offerings. All this while continuing to improve its already-impressive KPIs, team satisfaction and what it calls ‘client delight’, which is measured through retention and NPS statistics.

Talking about the awards, Ally Maughan said:

‘I’m thrilled that People Puzzles has been shortlisted in two key categories of the UK Business Awards. We are up against some serious competition, but regardless of the outcome, we are incredibly excited about the future for People Puzzles and I’d like to thank our fabulous team and clients who have helped the business get to where it is today.’

The awards finals will take place on Friday 8th November 2019 at the Park Plaza Riverbank, London, where Ally will present and take questions from a panel for each entry.

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