Helen makes it into the top 10 of HR directors

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A COMPANY human resources director who introduced a Dragon’s Den-style incentive scheme to help employees achieve personal or professional goals has been named as one of the best in the country.

Helen Bass of The Childbase Partnership in Northampton Road, Newport Pagnell, was one of 10 shortlisted in the HR Magazine Excellence Awards for her initiatives in the employee-owned childcare company.

Her Dragons Den initiative is where employees pitch for investment to help them achieve a personal or professional goal. Last year 53 employees applied for a share of £5,000. Fourteen pitches were successful including an 18-member head office team who were awarded £450 towards a ‘team-building’ evening class.

Helen said she regarded the award as ‘team recognition’ and added: “We have proved time and again that a happy and motivated workforce ensures the best possible service for the children in our care.”

Childbase HR Officer, Becky Villiers, said: “Helen is an inspirational and extremely hardworking leader who deserves this recognition.”