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Dalycom are Business Excellence Award Winners

Amanda and Matthew Daly with Action Coach chairman Brad Sugars, left, and Jas Darar, rightIT company Dalycom has won an award for helping the local community by preparing youngsters to face working life.

Dalycom won the award for most impact in the community at the 2013 Business Excellence Awards, sponsored by leading business training firm and DNCC member Action Coach.

The awards honour small and medium-sized businesses from around the world, showcasing exceptional results for business owners, entrepreneurs and their companies.

Dalycom were among 400 companies participating in this year's event, with the winners being presented with their awards at a ceremony in Cascais, Portugal.

Based at Granite Way, Mountsorrel, Leicestershire, and employing 20 people, Dalycom is an IT and telecoms solutions provider for the public sector as well as SMEs. Set up in 1986, when it initially provided telecoms support, it now provides cloud-based solutions, network provision and closed circuit television.

For several years it has helped youngsters by taking a work placement every six months and with sales and marketing director Amanda Daly going into colleges and secondary schools in the North-West Leicestershire and Charnwood areas.

“We help the children prepare for a working life,” said Amanda. This includes explaining about the change from school to working for a living, helping them with CVs and interview techniques and how to present themselves to potential employers.

The company has also helped with a Dragons Den-style event at The Business School, Stephenson College, in Coalville, where sixth-formers pitched ideas to business representatives.

“It's been really rewarding to introduce commercial awareness into the thinking of our future entrepreneurs,” said Amanda.

Husband Matthew, the firm's managing director, said: “We are delighted and honoured to have received this award. In particular, as parents, we take great pride in the assistance we have given to our local schools and colleges.”

Derby-based Action Coach mentor Jas Darar, who has himself won 20 awards, was thrilled that his clients were deserving winners.

Jas, based at 1 Bridge Street, said: “Matthew and Amanda have given selflessly to the local community over the years. They realise just how important the local community is and never forget their responsibilities as business owners.”