Frenkel Topping has scooped the Employer of the Year Commendation Award at the recent City of Manchester Business Awards (COMBA) for its commitment to training and development.
The specialist independent financial adviser and wealth management company received the commendation award following a competitive voting period which was driven by social media campaigns and internal promotion. Frenkel Topping’s award was one of only two commendation awards presented at the event, due to the high calibre of applicants.
This is the first time Frenkel Topping has entered the COMBA’s organised by Downtown in Business. The company was shortlisted as a result of its investment in training and levels of staff retention – all of which are key for the stability and steady growth of the business.
In particular, the judges were impressed with Frenkel Topping’s most recent training programme – The Frenkel Topping Training Academy.
The Academy focuses on nurturing home-grown talent and was launched following the success of the company’s Graduate Programme, which was introduced at the end of last year.
Commenting on the award Mark Holt, Commercial Director of Frenkel Topping, said: “This is a true testament to each and every one of our people, and I’m immensely proud of the company, the work we do and the principles we demonstrate on a daily basis.
“I’m proud to have taken home this award and as a company we will continue to nurture the development of our employees for years to come.”
This is the second year the business, which is the leading sector specialist for vulnerable people compromised by a catastrophic injury, is running the two-year training academy.
The Academy has been developed to allow graduates to enter the niche personal injury and clinical negligence sector and gain experience and knowledge in financial services.
Jade Soanes, a graduate on the training academy, commented: “Being a part of the scheme this year has been a real privilege. It’s great being on a scheme which encourages me to take control of my own development, leaving me able to manage my own progression.
“There is a good level of support from all areas of the business and I feel people genuinely want me to do well. The Academy is a good part of the graduate scheme and it has helped me gain product knowledge and learn sales skills that I would have been unlikely to learn in other roles.”
The COMBA’s rewarded the leading businesses in the Manchester City Region at a glittering ceremony held at the Midland Hotel at the end of November. Hosted by leading BBC personality, Jacey Normand and Downtown Political Editor, Jim Hancock the gala dinner attracted over 300 of the city’s top business personalities, who enjoyed an evening of networking and celebrating.
Frank Mckenna, Chief Executive and Group Chairman of Downtown in Business commented: “The awards celebrated the leading businesses that have made a significant contribution to the economic growth of the city. It is wonderful to see the continued success stories from the region and the see how the business community continues to grow and make Manchester such a vibrant and dynamic city.”
Downtown In Business has earned a reputation as one of the most influential, effective business organisations in the North of England and the West Midlands.