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Awards success for Choose to Grow L&D Ltd at the 2022 Wales HR Awards!

Choose to Grow joins top Welsh employers at 2022 awards

Choose to Grow joined a host of top Welsh employers and HR professionals as a winner at the fifth annual Wales HR Awards on Friday 8th July 2022. The awards are held annually to shine a spotlight on HR heroes who work hard behind the scenes in businesses large and small throughout Wales.

Guests enjoyed a splendid evening hosted by Sian Lloyd at Cardiff’s prestigious Parkgate Hotel, and the evening’s winners were applauded for their tremendous success.

Launched by UK recruiter Acorn and law firm Darwin Gray in partnership with the Wales HR Network, the awards this year were also sponsored by Quantum Advisory, Chwarae Teg, Sweetmans and Partners, Insight HRC, Be Business Fit,, Film & Pixel and Choose to Grow as sponsors.

Choose to Grow was among the outstanding individuals and businesses to be recognised for their contribution to HR through a challenging business period and were crowned the winner of this year’s 2022 HR Consultancy of the year award.

Emma Carroll said:

“We’re really proud here at Choose to Grow to have been named a winner at the Wales HR Awards 2022, and to be in the company of all the other finalists and winners shortlisted at this year’s event. Like so many other businesses in Wales, our HR & L&D experts are integral to our ability to deal with the challenges posed by the pandemic and its aftermath, and also to spot opportunities, and retain and promote talent within our welsh organisations. This recognition from the Wales HR Awards is testament to the dedication and commitment of all our colleagues in achieving that.”

Choose to Grow was one of 11 category winners to be announced at the 2022 Wales HR Awards.

Darwin Gray’s Managing Partner, Fflur Jones added:

“It is fantastic to see the achievements of HR professionals in Wales be recognised in this manner at the Wales HR Awards. We are proud to have established the Wales HR Network and awards alongside Acorn. We work very closely with HR professionals on a daily basis, and understand how unsung their achievements generally are. They often have to perform difficult and sensitive tasks in challenging circumstances, and we truly hope that the prestige of the Wales HR Awards adequately reflects their hard work and commitment to their roles. Huge congratulations to each finalist in each category, and of course to the ultimate winners. It was a fabulous night!”

Bernard Ward, Managing Director at Acorn said:

“HR continues to have played a crucial role in the continuing development of businesses across Wales who, as employers, have been tasked with ensuring the ongoing wellbeing of their employees whilst also making the most of the opportunities available to them in the post-pandemic world. Once again, the standard of entries has been extremely high and they are proof, collectively, that the commitment from Welsh employers in supporting their employees to achieve their greatest potential remains higher than ever."

Comments from the judges:

"Choose To Grow have demonstrated a clear goal for supporting and covering a wide range of topics to the delight and praise of their clients. With some real ingenuity to make them the standout winner."

2022 Wales HR Awards winners

Best Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

Gower College Swansea

Best HR Initiative (Sponsored by Chwarae Teg)

Gower College Swansea

Best Response - Covid 19


Best Staff Wellbeing Strategy


Best Use of the Welsh Language in HR (Sponsored by Cyfreithwyr)

Adra / Grŵp Cynefin

Employer of Choice (sponsored by Be Business Fit)


HR Assistant/Apprentice/Trainee of the Year

Sophie Evans, Crunch Digital Media

HR Consultancy of the Year

Choose To Grow

HR Director of the Year

Lisa Hand, Ogi

HR Team of the Year (Sponsored by Choose to Grow)


Outstanding HR Professional of the Year (Sponsored by Quantum Advisory)

Angela Overment (Cwmpas)

HR Star (Sponsored by Acorn and Darwin Gray)

Sarah King, Gower College Swansea

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