H&H celebrate top business award with with a surprise 'whoop and fist pump'

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 6 Feb 2018

An East Yorkshire agency has been handed a top accolade at a European industry awards at Wembley Stadium.

Hessle-based H&H has been crowned Employee Engagement Consultancy of the Year at the European Employee Engagement (EE) Awards.

The annual awards in London celebrate the crème da la crème of companies working in the employment industry.

The firm, based at Hesslewood business centre, walked away with the top accolade after beating off fierce competition from finalists, dragonfish, NSU Media and Instinctif.

The award judges said: “H&H seems to be doing all the right things very well indeed, bringing innovative consulting to the marketplace to the betterment of their clients, and they practice what they preach.”

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Kristian Strangeway, head of brand and marketing at H&H, said: “We partner with some of the world’s biggest brands, and over the past year alone our work has directly touched the lives of more than 1.2 million people across the globe.

“This, and the results we achieve with our clients, is reward enough, however receiving an award like this is a huge boost.

"I was so excited at the announcement I even surprised myself with an unbridled ‘whoop’ and fist pump, almost showering my fellow H&Hers in red wine.”

The EE Awards took place last Thursday, in partnership with People Insight. The judging panel comprised influential figures from the EE industry, including Rebeca Tristan of Workplace by Facebook, Natalie Sigona of Rolls Royce and David Littlechild of Lloyds Banking Group.

H&H was founded in 2011, over a cup of tea in Hull’s Land of Green Ginger. Headquartered at Hesslewood Hall, it now has offices in London’s Covent Garden and works with clients across the globe.

Founders of H&H, Helen Bissett and Hannah Thoresby (L to R)

H&H employs 24 people – a figure set to grow in the coming months thanks to a series of significant new contract wins.

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Matt Manners, founder and CEO of the EE awards, said: “This year the entries have really proven the transformational value that focusing on the employee experience can deliver.

“Not only do engaged employees help develop a clear competitive advantage but also help their organisations to navigate a world facing continuous change.”

Tom Debenham, managing director of People Insight, said: “The quality of entries has again been astounding, showing a shift towards employee engagement as ‘business as usual’.

“Organisations have developed strong internal capability. Instead of looking for single magic bullets they are taking fully integrated approached that start before recruitment and extend through the employee journey.”

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