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The UK employers that have triumphed over adversity

Growing a business is by no means a smooth ride, and that’s without external factors getting in the way. Natural disasters, data loss and even ill health can impede success, but such situations don’t always spell the end.

In fact, The Triumph Over Diversity Award highlights that people get back up, companies become profitable once more and colleagues help each other through tough times.

As such, these employers exemplify the expression, “when the going gets tough, the tough get going” and here they explainin 100 words why they deserve to take the title home.

AM Marketing

I am a female managing director running a business in an industry with only a 23?per cent female workforce.

I have depression, anxiety and suffer with chronic pain that means I cannot sit for longer than?two hours without conducting exercises and sometimes can’t walk or travel.

I could curl up into a ball, feel sorry for myself, and stay in bed all day or get things done and drive forward; I will always choose the latter. I am not defined by my injuries or mental illness and will not let any “label” determine who I am going to be.


We successfully managed a halt in production that could easily have destroyed our company or forced us into a position of selling to a competitor.

Not only did we survive this adversity but, through our transparent communication strategy, we strengthened our existing supply chain relationships. Despite needing to find a new production facility quickly we also maintained our UK manufacturing base which is incredibly important to our brand.

We are actively continuing to develop and launch new products to the market so, despite the challenges we’ve faced, Cycloc’s future looks very bright indeed.

Devon Contract Waste

Devon Contract Waste (DCW), a family-owned business since 1989, was founded by managing director, Simon Almond. Building hiscompany from a single van to a turnover of ?8m,?Almond suffered the devastating loss of his operating site to fire in March 2017.

As an independent business, DCW stood alone in its crisis, reliant on the commitment of its workforce, and the strategic acumen and tenacity of the Almond family.

Customers have consistently been?Almond‘s priority: he has moulded the new DCW around their needs, while managing the impact on his business, his colleagues, his family, and his own wellbeing.

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Ma Baker

I have grown my business despite my personal life being a bit of a mess…but I think it was this difficult home situation that made me do it.

A sink or swim mentality perhaps. I really didn’t have anything to lose, and the whole process has made me so much stronger and happier than I have ever been.

I have triumphed over adversity and created a very successful business, one that bring enormous pleasure both to my customers and in turn, myself.

SnapDragon Monitoring

SnapDragon is the only service aimed at and affordable enough for SMEs to help identify and remove instances of counterfeiting on the world’s 100 most visited online marketplaces, auction sites and social media platforms.

SME bosses are increasingly attacked by counterfeiters, believing they are unable to fight back. SnapDragon empowers smaller businesses to take control and protect any intellectual property, stamping out counterfeit crime across the world.

Despite only launching in 2015, SnapDragon has already prevented the sale of $10bn worth of counterfeit products, and works with much-loved brands like Harris Tweed.



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