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Awards short list for firm with giving in its DNA

Jeff Lawrence and Vicki Kelly, directors of TRS Personnel Ltd

A Shropshire recruitment specialist which makes giving to good causes a cornerstone of its work has been short listed for a prestigious award.

TRS Personnel Ltd has been revealed as one of the firms in the running for the Commitment to the Community title in the Midlands Family Business Awards.

The company, which has its headquarters on Telford’s Stafford Park, along with offices in Shrewsbury, Wolverhampton and Stafford, has donated to more than 200 causes since 2006, with each receiving a minimum of £100 and often much more. It has also run an extensive sponsorship programme for community sports teams and is the current title sponsor of TRS Telford Tigers ice hockey team.

TRS Personnel was set up by managing Director, Jeff Lawrence, and is run by Jeff and his fellow director and fiancée, Vicki Kelly. Both regular fund-raising and direct giving to good causes was part of the firm’s ethos from the very beginning, when Jeff pledged that his business would “put something back” into the community in which he grew up.

He explained: “From an early age I was driven by the idea of achieving business success for myself, but that vision evolved when it struck me that it would be an amazing thing to be able to combine that with giving as much as possible back to the community.

“We have already made a great step in that direction and we are committed to building on the work we have done. Vicki and I run the company, but help in setting it up also came from my brother and sister and we encourage a very much family atmosphere within the business. Everyone who works here is encouraged to be on the lookout for good causes we can assist – we even scan the papers for anyone who might need some support and all of the team are encouraged to get involved in some voluntary work during office hours.

“Being short listed for the Midlands Family Business Awards is very exciting. Seeking awards is not why we support our community, but I think it’s great for the team when their efforts are recognised.”

The variety of charities, sports teams and other good causes supported by TRS Personnel is huge, and includes more than 1,000 hot meals provided in the community, working with the Salvation Army, and responding to an appeal by Hope House Children’s Hospice by sending over 500 Easter eggs.

In addition to the charity work, TRS Personnel works with more than 600 companies across the Midlands and has found employment for thousands of people since its launch in 2006. Jeff Lawrence has been recognised with a Special Commendation in national entrepreneurship awards and the company has scooped a Shropshire Business Award.

The winners of the Midlands Family Business Awards will be announced in November at a ceremony in Leicester.

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