UKRD Group announced as National Business Awards finalist

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9:00am 14th August 2012

National Business Awards FinalistToday, local radio operator UKRD, have been shortlisted for the The Croner Employer of the Year Award at this year’s National Business Awards in partnership with Orange. The radio station’s owners operate or have interests in eighteen radio stations stretching from Cornwall to Sunderland, a portfolio of websites and a national sales house.

Going up against the likes of international consultants Baringa Partners and Remote Asset Management they will battle it out for the prestigious award, with the winner being revealed at the National Business Awards gala dinner held on 13th November in London.

Simon Perryman, CEO of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and judge for the category said: “Commercial radio operator UKRD is building success through genuine empowerment of its station managers backed by engagement and bespoke training.”

UKRD's CEO William Rogers said: “This is a tremendous achievement for UKRD. To have been shortlisted in the National Business Awards as Croner Employer of the Year up against so many well known and impressive organisations is a remarkable achievement. I believe it recognises our commitment to empowering our employees to make decisions locally based solely on the interests of local listeners and businesses.”

The National Business Awards has today revealed over 150 of Britain’s leading businesses and business leaders as finalists in the prestigious awards programme. Organisations shortlisted include a range of private, public and third sector companies, including National Grid, Marks and Spencer, and London Early Years Foundation.

All National Business Awards finalists represent an annual turnover in excess of £135 billion and collectively employ over 700,000. They cover activities as diverse as digital marketing, international road haulage and logistics, water engineering and life sciences: sectors that reflect key areas of UK capability with high potential for international expansion. The diverse size of the companies entering is also huge – ranging from a business with an annual turnover of less than £50k to high growth and high value companies with multi-billion revenues.

Baroness Virginia Bottomley, Chair of Judges said: “This year has been a challenging environment for British businesses: these finalists demonstrate how companies are succeeding in the current climate through innovation, originality and tenacity. It’s good to see a broad range of companies both in sector and size – an impressive representation of the potential British businesses have. Congratulations to all our finalists.”

The National Business Awards supports Help for Heroes, a charity that offers support and advice for wounded soldiers.

Visit for a full list of all finalists and to book a table at the event.

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