Di joins finalists at HullBID Awards

Di Garbera of Goldings has followed up her success in the IAB Awards last year by shining in another competition for businesses in Hull.

Di ended 2018 by being named Tutor of the Year at the IAB Awards, an international accolade which came after the IAB received glowing tributes from clients.

Many of those clients also submitted testimonials to Hull Business Improvement District (HullBID) with the result that Di reached the last two in the training and development category of the HullBID Awards and took her place at the celebration ceremony held in the historic Hull Minster.

Di said: “The category is aimed at businesses which have trained and developed their own staff, but it was recognised that we make a difference to many businesses in the city and further afield by helping them train their staff.

“We demonstrated our commitment to training our own employees – which as a small firm ourselves is as strong as ever – and we showcased our work with Hull College and the businesses themselves to train their employees and help to develop the skills of the local business community.”

Mark Jackson of Jackson Chartered Accountants told the judges: “All six of us did the Sage computerised accounts and five of us are doing computerised payroll now. It has given us the extra skills we need.
“We used to get a sub-contractor to come in to help us with some work but with this training we can do it all in-house. We did the training on computers with a manual supplied by Goldings and if we had any difficulties or questions Di was always available and she kept in touch very closely.”

Debbie Andrew, Managing Director, Relate Hull and East Yorkshire, added: “Di does a great job. Not only does she find us the training we need, she also finds us the funding to pay for it. She is also in tune with how many staff we have and what their roles are, which is important because as a small charity there is a lot of crossover among the staff, so the training helps us futureproof our business.

“We have 15 people in our team and a further 35 to 40 who are self-employed or volunteers, providing counselling and admin services and looking after our charity shop. They generate a lot of finance and admin work and the training helps us to keep going.

“So far four of our people have done computerised accounts and one is doing a computerised payroll course. Most of them have used distance learning and they’ve really benefited from having Di there as back-up, always available to answer questions, even at night and on Saturdays and Sundays.”

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