Mar 07

The award for best manager goes to...

Published by Ralph Moody


Sarah Stewart, manager at the United Business Centre, Cramlington won the coveted ‘Outstanding Business Centre Manager of the Year’ for United Business Centres.

The centre, which provides serviced offices, meeting rooms and conference facilities is located at Northumberland Business Park, Cramlington.  Sarah has been manager at the centre for just over a year and she was nominated by her Area Operations Director Richard Johnson for key areas which Sarah has excelled including:


  • New business and sales performance versus the targets for the centre
  • Operational success and ongoing management of the centres
  • The individuals progress over the last 12 months and their level of personal development
  • Feedback from management and peers on the individual’s contribution to the business.

 Sarah said she was really surprised when she found out she had won the award “I was in complete shock when I won the award as I was not expecting it!  It made me feel very proud of what I had achieved and it also made me feel extremely valued by the company”

NE based Target Training have been working with Sarah over the past 18 months and Sarah pays compliments to the training she has received to aid her in her current role “The training I received from Target Training really contributed to me winning the award as I learned so many management skills that I was able to put into place at work which improved how the centre was run. The centre team became closer and communication was much improved which enabled tasks to be completed more efficiently leaving more time to focus on looking for new business”

 Ralph Moody, director at Target wasn’t that surprised when he heard the news. “Sarah is a fantastic manager; she is enthusiastic and adopts a ‘can do’ attitude in everything she does.  Furthermore, from a customer service point of view I know that Sarah goes the extra mile for clients and with values like that you will always be regarded as something special”.  Connections with awards and the Target have been linked on other occasions recently and Ralph explained why this is important to the company.  “At Target we focus on changing behaviour not just attending a course and obtaining a certificate and we have had fantastic success with clients winning awards such as Care Home Manager of the Year”.  He added “In these days it is easy to get caught in the spiral of negativity but there are some fantastic managers out there doing a brilliant job and it’s great to see people like Sarah get the recognition they deserve”.

There is no doubt that for Sarah this is unlikely to be her only accolade she wins “The award means a lot to me as it shows that all my hard work has been noticed. It motivates me to keep up the high standard that has been set. It certainly has me focused on working towards keeping the award for 2011!”   With an attitude like that it looks like anyone thinking of challenging Sarah for this year have a tough contest on their hands.  





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