Working Mum’s Company Wins Service Business of the Year Award

London, United Kingdom, November 03, 2007 --( Working mum Alexandra Kelly proved that you can juggle both family and business when her company Powerchex won the Service Business of the Year Award at the national NatWest Startups Awards.

Mother of two and managing director Alexandra said, “Winning this award proves that anyone can do it, no matter what their situation. Starting a business and taking care of small children at home can be a challenge, but not impossible.”

Managing director (and mum) Alexandra started Powerchex ( 3 years ago with two desks, one employee and a fax machine. Today, the company employs 26 people at its office in the City and has a client list that includes some of the nation’s biggest banks and financial companies.

Under the scrutiny of judges such as Martin Webb, host of channel 4’s Risking It All, Alexandra’s company Powerchex was selected for its fantastic customer service in providing a pre-employment screening service to City firms.

The judges were impressed that Powerchex had found a niche in a seemingly staid industry, offering an innovative time and cost saving solution to its clients. Judges praised the company’s commitment to quality service and “obliterating complacency” and it’s no satisfaction refund guarantee. The company has strong ethics, rewarding its staff well and investing in CSR. After being rejected by Dragons’ Den, Alexandra Kelly has bounced back to prove them wrong building a dynamic company with personality in a sector that isn’t known for it.

The awards ceremony was held at the plush Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington and hosted by original Apprentice winner, Tim Cambell.

“It was fantastic to stand up in front of all those people and receive the award. It is moment that I’ll certainly share with my children for years to come”, says Alexandra.


Notes to editors:

About Powerchex
Powerchex is the UK’s premier pre-employment screening firm for financial institutions. Based in the City of London, Powerchex checks the background, employment history, criminal records and professional qualifications of applicants on behalf of financial institutions. It sets the industry benchmark of 5 days for a background check.

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Alexandra Kelly
0207 709 2058

The 2007 Startups Awards is organised by – the UK’s largest website for people starting and running their own businesses. Startups provides free help and advice to 160,000 new visitors every month.

The 2007 Startups Awards is headline sponsored by NatWest Business Banking. As one of the leading banks for small business, NatWest understands the difficulties of running a successful business and knows just how much work it takes. NatWest has an extensive network of local Business Managers and offer a dedicated relationship service to all business customers including a direct line to each business manager, free face-to-face advice and phones manned 24/7. In addition, it offers free and discounted business banking for up to two years, a free start-up course and a comprehensive range of banking solutions tailored to your business needs.

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Alexandra Kelly