The Newport-based specialist legal conveyancing companies were crowned the regional winners in the Commitment to People Development heats of the Chamber Business Awards 2016, as well as being named ‘Winner of Winners’ at the same event.
Convey Law and Convey365 will now represent the Welsh region in the national final, the British Chamber of Commerce Awards, which take place in London on November 24.
The Convey team employ 80 members of staff in Wales and over the past three years, the business has earned record profits, with the £5 million turnover achieved in 2015 seen as a direct result of the focus on team development.
Judges at the Welsh Business Awards were impressed by the innovative approach to business and dedication to staff training, giving room for employees, such as paralegals, to progress into fully qualified conveyancers.
Convey Law and Convey365 have led the way in training and development for the conveyancing industry; founding the Conveyancing Academy on behalf of the Conveyancing Association, which is made up of the top 100 conveyancing lawyers in the country, to facilitate their recruitment and training needs.
The Conveyancing Academy Paralegal Course was developed as part of the induction process for administrative and paralegal employees, allowing staff to be trained quickly, thoroughly and cost-effectively.
The Conveyancing Academy is a division of Convey Law’s sister company, Convey365 Ltd, and provides the first online training portal in the conveyancing industry.
The online training programme is designed to provide basic knowledge of the law and the procedures required to complete a straightforward conveyancing transaction.
Convey Law and Convey365 have also developed the charitable arm of the entire conveyancing industry with the launch of the Conveyancing Foundation, inspired by Convey Law’s original fundraising idea, the Free Legal Fee Competition. The Conveyancing Foundation has raised more than £400,000 for a variety of UK charities since it launched in 2011.
Lloyd Davies, Managing Director of Convey365 said “We have a progressive environment here at Convey365 and Convey Law, providing clear guidelines for career and salary development. Our staff tell us they enjoy working for a company with a strong commitment to charitable fundraising and we encourage staff to become involved in fundraising activities as well as choosing a charity annually.”
Francis Martin, President of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said:
“Businesses are the driving force of the UK economy. Their creativity, hard work and acumen are what make us one of the world’s strongest and most resilient economies, and they deserve recognition for the crucial role that they play.
“Our judging teams across the country are consistently impressed by the number of high-calibre entrants in the awards, and this year’s competitors are no different.
“The Chamber Business Awards are the perfect opportunity for us to celebrate our business community’s achievements, to take stock of the outstanding performances of UK businesses over the past year, and to encourage and inspire others to follow in their footsteps.”