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20 Nov 2013 16:30

A member of ATS Euromaster’s HR team was named ‘HR Professional of the Year’ at the Personnel Today Awards on November 18 at Grosvenor House, London.

HR Manager Nicola Burrows, 36, joined the Birmingham-based tyre and fast-fit company in 2001 and picked up the prestigious accolade for her ability to forge strong relationships with employees and implement a strategic plan that saw the company’s bottom line increase.

Nicola was in a tough category with Senior HR professionals from Marks & Spencer, Trafford Council, Gamma and Merlin.  Judges were particularly impressed with her ‘fluff-free’ approach to business which produced excellent results.

Nicola, of Branston, Burton-on-Trent, says: “I’m incredibly proud to have been awarded the ‘HR Professional of the Year’ award. By working closely with colleagues we’ve been able to really make a difference to the performance of certain centres.”

Peter Tye, ATS Euromaster’s Group Operations Director, says: “Nicola always considers the wider business. Whilst she never says ‘no’ she often offers up a fair challenge and always works in partnership with Area Operations Managers to find a workable solution.

“She’s not afraid to tackle difficult situations and is renowned for having brave conversations. She’s extremely strategic and has a commercial approach that’s backed up by professional standards. We’re delighted her hard work and commitment to the success of ATS Euromaster has been recognised by winning such a respected award.”

Due to the processes implemented by Nicola, centres across the North East increased not only profit but employee engagement, meaning labour turnover has reduced.

The Personnel Today Awards are designed to celebrate exceptional achievement in the HR industry. This year’s ‘HR Professional of the Year’ category, sponsored by recruitment company Monster, was a new award created to recognise outstanding HR managers.

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