The Sunderland boss who is loved by her workforce

Sharon Boyd is nominated for the Employer of the Year catergory of the Portfolio Awards.
Sharon Boyd is nominated for the Employer of the Year catergory of the Portfolio Awards.
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The founder of a company - which provides tailor-made support for people - is in the running for a Sunderland Echo business award.

Sharon Boyd, who set up IMPACT North East CIC in 2013, was praised for the way she gives time, empathy and understanding to every one of her staff members.

Sharon Boyd is nominated for the Employer of the Year catergory of the Portfolio Awards.

Sharon Boyd is nominated for the Employer of the Year catergory of the Portfolio Awards.

One said: “She continuously encourages staff to develop personally and professionally and ensures all staff are given time and space to develop their own ideas. If we fail, she picks us up and allows us the time to reflect before discussing ways to progress forward. If we succeed, she celebrates with us, then asks how it can be improved or made more effective.”

Sharon’s nomination puts her in the running for the Employer of the Year category of the Portfolio Business Awards.

Staff described her as “firm, appreciative, nurtures, motivates, and even puts up with grumbles of frustration and lack of faith we sometimes have in ourselves.”

IMPACT, based in Whitehouse Road in Sunderland, is a not for profit organisation that provides help for people and organisations.

I realised there was a need for people who had nowhere to go, to get involved in different networks, and realised there was a gap in provision

Sharon Boyd

Sharon, originally from Liverpool, moved to the North East and managed a youth project in Newcastle.

But she also did voluntary work in Sunderland and “realised there was a need” to help people who had nowhere to turn when they needed help from support groups.

She set up IMPACT which now has eight part-time staff as well as a similar number of volunteers.

Sharon joins a growing list of nominations for the company which now has less than a month left for people to nominate.

Make it Sunderland is again our headline sponsor, and will sponsor our overall Business of the Year Award, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award, which is in the sponsor’s gift.

Make It Sunderland is also backing the contribution social enterprises make to the city in the Social Enterprise Award.

Other sponsors are Maxim, Quayside Exchange, K&L Groundworks, UKasl, North East Business & Innovation Centre (BIC), Gentoo, Age UK Sunderland, The Bridges, Stagecoach North East, TTR Barnes and Sunderland College.

To nominate, send your name, address and telephone number, the name of the person or business you wish to nominate, along with their address, telephone number and email (if known).

State which category your nomination applies to (from the list of categories) and provide a description of the reasons for your nomination (no more than 300 words).

Post your nomination to: Nicola Meldrum, Alexander House, Second Floor, Rainton Bridge Business Park, Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland. DH4 5RA, or email nicola.meldrum@jpress.co.uk or lynn.wild@jpress.co.uk.

Nominations must be received by September 2.