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Barford + Co, a Chartered Surveying and Planning practice which has been operating in St Neots for over 40 years, has been named Employer of the Year in the 2016 St Neots Awards.

Now in their second year, the St Neots Awards recognise the achievements of businesses, community groups and individuals in the town. At a ceremony held on Saturday 8th October at the Priory Centre in St Neots, Barford + Co won the award for Employer of the Year.

The St Neots Awards commended Barford + Co for “an exemplary commitment to the
professional and personal development of their employees - investing in staff to achieve
professional qualifications as well as supporting employees in college courses through
distance learning”.

Sheila Smyth, Director of Professional Services at Barford + Co, said: “We are all delighted to have been awarded Employer of the Year in the St Neots Awards, it was totally unexpected and we are all thrilled.

“We have always sought to invest in our staff, not only so they can achieve their professional ambitions and qualifications but also to help them achieve personal goals. We have been fortunate to see employees thrive by having the opportunity to undertake academic courses and vocational qualifications, and we continue to support our team by offering continuous professional and personal development throughout their careers with us.

“We would like to thank the organisers of the St Neots Awards for all their hard work in recognising the achievements of organisations and individuals in the town and we extend our sincere congratulations to all the winners and finalists.”

Barford + Co’s commitment to its staff is reflected in its excellent employee retention record with two staff recently celebrating 25 years of service. Liz Gibson, Receptionist, celebrated 25 years with the company in October whilst Marie Darlow, Secretary, celebrated her 25th anniversary in 2015. A total of four employees have worked for Barford + Co for over 25 years with seven staff totalling 148 years between them.

More recent celebrations for Barford + Co include Chartered Surveyor Mike Duncan achieving Registered Valuer Status with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, coming hot on the heels of receiving his Assessment Professional Competence (APC) in 2015.

Chartered Surveyor Felicity Paddick also achieved her APC in 2016.

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