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LOLA Staffing

LOLA Staffing

MAIN INFO

  • FOUNDER

    Duncan Mitchell

  • WIN DATE

    13th April 2013

  • LOCATION

    London, London

  • CATEGORIES

  • WEBSITE

    www.lolaevents.co.uk

MY BUZZ

Winning #SBS was an amazing feeling! We are overwhelmed by the huge response and buzz it generated. Hundreds of tweets with congratulations and lovely messages are still coming through. It gave our Twitter profile a massive boost and raised awareness of the LOLA brand.

MY BIO

LOLA emerged between the walls of a tiny art gallery above an adult magazine shop in Soho in May 2007. Strange place to start a company we know, but we were running a few events between shows and we needed some help. Our first 20 staff were a lovely group of girls from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art & Design. Pretty soon those same girls were working at art galleries and fashion shows all over London. Our big break came when our great friends at the TATE gave us a chance. We’re still happily supplying to them today. LOLA grew quickly and before we knew it, we unexpectedly won an award! It was called the International Special Event Society Best Newcomer to the Industry 2008. Since then we\'ve gone on to win a few more accolades including \'Top 50 Companies to Work for in the Industry\' and \'Finalist Staffing Supplier of the Year.\' By the beginning of 2009 we had established teams of staff across the UK. Working in Birmingham for Virgin one day to Cardiff for Coca Cola the next was pretty cool. We expanded our offering to ensure we could supply almost every type of person you might need in events and hospitality. At the end of 2009 we decided we needed a big brother so we approached The Concerto Group. It was kind of like going on Dragons Den but instead of a 5 minute pitch ours took 9 months! Finally in September 2009 we did a deal and became a proud part of the UK’s leading event management and services team. These days we’re sending out thousands of staff to jobs all over the UK across a number of brands representing everything from chefs to receptionists with over 2000 happy clients and counting!

MY BUSINESS TIPS

Invest in people – At LOLA we strongly believe in investing in our team. This starts with rewarding those starting at the bottom that work hard to climb to better roles. When we find these people we support them all the way from wait staff to joining our office management team. Once in the office we believe in trusting everyone 100% to deliver and in constantly rewarding great work. In our office ‘fun’ is top of the priority list. We find that when we trust people and have fun with them, the company benefits just as much as the individuals.

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