It was a week to remember for Cheshire based Chess plc as it was ranked 27th in The 2007 Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track 100 and less than 48 hours later, Chief Executive David Pollock was awarded the title of UK Ernst & Young’s Technology Entrepreneur of the Year, 2007.
“It’s a great honour to be names UK Ernst & Young Technology Entrepreneur of the Year,” said David. “All entrepreneurs set out to build successful businesses. What I wanted, though, was to build a successful business of which everyone involved can be truly proud. I view these awards not only as a personal accomplishment but as recognition of the entrepreneurial spirit and hard work of all Chess people.
A business is nothing without its people and I truly believe their growth and success underpins the growth and success of Chess. It is for this reason we are investing over half a million pounds in our Personal Performance Programme, which provides all Chess people with the belief, knowledge, skill and motivation they need in their quest for peak performance. Success is a journey, not a destination. Winning awards is fantastic, they raise expectations and inspire us to drive the business forward.”
Peter Naden, Business Support Manager at Chess is one of the longest serving members of staff, having been with the business since January 1994. “It has been an incredible week for Chess,” he said. “I have been in the business for 14 years and when you grow as quickly as we have, you learn to expect the unexpected, but two major award wins in as many days is a new one, even for us! I am really excited about our PPP. I have always seen Chess as an opportunities provider and it has given me so much over the years. I’ve gained a wealth of experience, knowledge and skills as well as some great friends and even my wife-to-be Derrian (Faults Manager) who I will marry next month!”