Proud Sponsors

The Western Gazette Pride Awards are designed to celebrate unsung heroes who go the extra mile to make a difference in the community. The categories include the Public Sector Hero award which will be given to someone who consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty.

This section is sponsored by Octopus Personnel, a recruitment firm with offices in Gillingham and at the Innovation Centre in Yeovil.

Director Sandra Smart explained what it is that makes the Pride Awards so special. She said:

“There are so many things people do that aren’t recognized, it’s not about the big things that you hear about on TV but the little day to day things that just don’t get noticed”.

The businesswoman is a great believer in awards to celebrate ordinary people’s contributions in the community. She said: “There are a lot of awards like this on a national level but it’s important for us to have local awards too”.

“It will be very humbling. These are people who are not businesses and who don’t shout from the rooftops, but for some of these things we should be shouting from the rooftops”.

Sandra Smart

About the author

I believe that recruitment is at the heart of a growing economy and that a different type of recruitment service, with honesty, efficiency and integrity at its heart, can benefit all. Octopus Personnel is the result of hard work, focus and commitment to that vision – to delivering consistently great results for our candidates and clients alike, as well as ensuring the agency is a vibrant, inclusive, inspirational place to work and develop rewarding careers.