It’s often said within the office that there “ain’t no party like a Para-Sols party”- and with this year being our first official Christmas as part of The Verve Group, it’s safe to say the game has been stepped up even further!

The theme: Great Gatsby. The food: Incredible. The dancing: Ok, we won’t talk about the dancing.

As always, our Christmas parties are also the time where we host our annual staff awards, so we’ve popped a little about each fabulous winner below…

Best new signing

A prestigious award within the team, as this goes to the person who has made the biggest impact in the shortest amount of time – this award was extended across The Verve Group and the finalists included three of our lovely Para-Sols team. As we know, there could only be one winner and that was Technical Researcher, Ellen Wood!

With comments from her fellow colleagues such as ‘I can’t believe Ellen has only been here six months’, ‘I honestly couldn’t ask for a better team player’ and ‘she is an asset to the company’, it’s very easy to see why Ellen was our winner. In the time that she has been here, she has made the lives of everyone around her much easier.

She’s a fantastic and reassuring voice at the end of the phone for our clients and the quality of her work is amazing. She embodies our company values and is an integral part of the team – well done Ellen!

Para-Sols Players’ Player

This award was for the person who is consistently a team player and who always has their colleagues back – there are now 32 people in the Para-Sols team, so this was always going to be a big achievement to the winner. After receiving a number of high quality and quite frankly, heart-warming, nominations from the team, the winner was our Lead Paraplanner, Peter Rhoden!

Pete has been with us for a number of years and has been a pillar of support throughout our growth as a company. A fantastic mentor to his hub, he is everything that a good Lead Paraplanner should be; encouraging, understanding and patient. Pete is the first one in the office on a morning and the last to leave at night – his commitment is something to be commended and his colleagues describe him as a brilliant hub leader and someone who always sets a good example to everyone around him.

We’re over the moon for Pete as this is very well deserved!

The Verve Award

 A new award introduced for 2019 – this was for someone who had had a standout year, been consistent in their efforts, consistently champions company values and simply deserved the recognition of being amazing. Voted for by our Senior Leadership Team, this was the final award announced on the evening and, the most exciting!

The winner of this incredible award was our fabulous Junior Paraplanner, Alex Buckle. Alex received so many nominations in almost every category within the awards, showing how appreciated she is across the full Verve Group. Her quality of work is described as exceptional and it’s amazing to see how many people are personally impacted by Alex’s good nature and strong teamwork ethic.

This year Alex completed her Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning after completing our graduate programme, The Grad Scheme – which is a huge milestone that she has worked so hard towards.

Alex represents all of our company values perfectly and with ease. She is a natural hard worker with a strong desire to learn. As a fundamental part of our team, we see a bright future for Alex as a Paraplanner and we’re very proud to be part of her journey. (She’s also described as the funniest person in the office, much to the dismay of our Director of Quality and Operations, Jo Campbell).

Congratulations Alex!

And that’s it for another year –  what a fantastic evening of celebration, old sport. If you’d like to see the other winners from the evening, head over to our sister company, Apricity.
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