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Pearson Wins Oldham Business Award

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Pearson Solicitors are delighted to have been honoured at the Oldham Business Awards by winning the ‘Supporting Young People’ award. The accolade recognises the firms unwavering commitment to young people in the Oldham Borough embarking on their careers in law.

Oldham Business Awards

The annual Oldham Business Awards recognises businesses that excel in their field and contribute to the Oldham borough.

This year's award attracted over 600 people from the local business community and were compared by the talented actor, comedian, and impressionist Jon Culshaw.  Granada Reports’ entertainment correspondent Caroline Whitmore is a regular at the business awards, also took to the stage to interview the eleven category winners on the night.

Supporting Young People Award

The Supporting Young People category criteria set by the Oldham Business Awards (OBA) states:

The winning business will be able to demonstrate an ongoing programme of providing young people with career support. This can be through apprenticeships or by providing work experience to ultimately increase the skills and qualifications of young people and provide excellent career pathways.

Joanne Ormston, Director at Pearson Solicitors, said:

“As a prominent Oldham business, we recognise how important it is to develop young people and support the community where we live, work and invest. This award is a significant achievement and a source of pride for everyone at Pearson.”

“Our connections and collaborations with Oldham Sixth Form, Oldham College and the many schools in our area go far and wide. These connections enable us to support young people in our area and help them establish and develop their careers.”

“The route in which young people become a solicitor has changed over the years with the new apprenticeship scheme, which allows more people to access the necessary training regardless of their background or financial status, and as a firm, we have fully embraced these changes as both inclusivity and diversity form part of our core values. This is further demonstrated by influencing a recent change to the Oldham Law Association’s (OLA) Constitution, which now allows junior members of the profession to be part of the OLA.”

About Pearson Solicitors in Oldham

As a legal firm, we have developed a robust training programme that encourages and mentors all staff, so whether you are an aspiring solicitor on the apprenticeship scheme, completing a Legal Practice Course, or enhancing your skillset in your current role, the commitment and support we provide is exceptional.

“We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the judges for recognising us. We look forward to welcoming more young Oldham students in the future. We also wish to thank the Steering Group, who volunteer their time to ensure this event is well supported and a success.” added Joanne.

The judges’ from Cornerstone Design and Marketing, Oldham College and Get Oldham Working thanked Pearson Solicitors for “their outstanding dedication and for making a difference to the community.”

Pearson Solicitors apprentices who attended the awards said:

“What a wonderful evening. It was my first time at the awards. It was a packed-out venue, and yes, I was a little nervous when our category came up, but my nerves soon turned to joy.”

“I am truly honoured to be part of a firm that develops its people and encourages them to excel. There are so many opportunities at Pearson, and through the awards, I got to know about the Young People Careers event that Oldham Council runs. I have volunteered to speak at this event to encourage those considering a legal career and to provide the students with an insight into what is required on the apprenticeship scheme.” said Chloe Andrew-Willis.

I was so happy to stand on that stage with all the finalists in our category and to be announced as the winners for the company that supports young people! As one of those young people, I can tell you the support is unreal.” said Conveyancing Executive, Emma Collinson.

Business of the Year £5m+

Pearson Director Chris Burke presenting Oldham Business Award to Rowan Ashworth Ltd

Image: Chris Burke (Solicitor and Director at Pearson Solicitors) presenting Oldham Business Award to the team at Rowan Ashworth Ltd

Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers have supported the Oldham Business Awards since its inception in 2008. This year, we sponsored the ‘Business of the Year £5m+’ category which was presented on the evening by Pearson Solicitor Director and Head of Litigation Christopher Burke to Rowan Ashworth Ltd.

Main Image: Left to Right - Lucy Roughley, Hajirah Zia, Joanne Ormston, Chole Andrew-Willis, Emma Collinson, Chris Burke and Alan Lewis from Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers Ltd receiving the 'Supporting Young People' award from Marvin Smith (Oldham College).

Please note that the information and opinions contained in this article are not intended to be comprehensive, nor to provide legal advice. No responsibility for its accuracy or correctness is assumed by Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers Ltd or any of its members or employees. Professional legal advice should be obtained before taking, or refraining from taking, any action as a result of this article.

Written by Joanne Ormston


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