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Hi-Q Sigma MD hails accolade as a great morale boost

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Written by: Liza-Jane Gillespie | Posted 29 May 2015 15:27

Hi-Q Sigma MD hails accolade as a great morale boost

The boss at Bath’s Business of the Year has said winning the city’s top accolade not only created more opportunities for the firm but was a massive morale boost for staff.

Simon Gould, managing director at Hi-Q Sigma, a subsidiary of the BMT Group, said the company had little expectation at last year’s Bath Business Awards but was overwhelmed at the response.

“It was the first time we had entered and we didn’t know what to expect - we had more hope than expectation. The really great thing from that night was being recognised - it helped to raise our profile locally. It had a direct impact on raising our profile with local partners. We got talking about how we might work together. It was also a really great boost for our staff in the company. Most of the submission was written by the staff and people within the business.

“Writing the submission can seem quite daunting but if you engage your staff in the process it can have a really positive effect. When people write down what they do and achieve it can have a huge impact on them.”

The company, which is a design, engineering and risk management consultancy, was launched in the city in 2003 with just 12 people.

In the last year it has recruited 20 people and now employs 110 staff at its headquarters at Berkeley House in Lower Bristol Road.

Mr Gould said: “It has also helped with recruitment. When people come to speak to us they have heard of us. Some of that has come from the awards. It’s nice to be able to say we are the best business in Bath.”

Since the awards the company has started to work with many new clients including different government departments such as the police, HMRC, rather than just the traditional Ministry of Defence.

It has also renewed its partnership with the University of Bath’s School of Management.

“We have been working them more closely to help more of the courses become more relevant. We have also provided lecturers. We want students to know that Bath isn’t just about university - it’s a long term career prospect,” said Mr Gould.

There are 14 categories at this year’s Bath Chronicle Business Awards. The winners will be announced at an awards’ dinner at Bath Racecourse on September 24.

The deadline for entries is July 10.

To enter the awards or for more information, visit

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