May 18th 2017


Lily recently picked up Best Apprenticeship Scheme at the Comms Dealer Sales & Marketing Awards. The company beat household names such as BT to be named as inaugural winners of the award at the prestigious industry event held at the Park Lane Hotel, London.

Lily have invested heavily in recruiting apprentices over the past two years, partnering with Yorkshire training companies QA Learning and Estio Training. They have developed their own in-house training scheme, Lily Academy, to provide their young employees with all the tools and skills necessary for a successful career in communications. Current and former apprentices now account for over 10% of the Lily Comms workforce.

Lily have had a highly successful few years, growing from under £1 million turnover in 2013 to a projected £6 million in 2017.

Managing Director, Chris Morrisey, commented “To be named as the number one apprentice employer in the industry is a tremendous honour.  It’s a wonderful award to win as it highlights our dedication to creating career opportunities for young people. We take great pride in our investment in providing young people with not just jobs, but careers and the start of their own path.

It’s amazing to be recognised for what we’re trying to achieve with young people. This supports our focus on talent development as outlined in our Strategy for Success, a document developed using The Winning Formula framework, that plots out our business growth journey.”

Comms Dealer Editorial Director, Nigel Sergent, added “Independently judged, The Comms Dealer Sales and Marketing Awards programme is a national process to acknowledge teams that work day in, day out to help their companies succeed and the winners have proved that they are now among the elite in the communications industry.

This year we introduced the Best Apprenticeship Scheme of the Year category and the entries we received were exceptional. Our judges advised us that Lily stood out against tough opposition by demonstrating their understanding of the dynamism young people can bring to a growing business by investing strongly in their own ‘Lily Academy’ and declared them a ‘worthy winner’.

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