Employees at Radfield Homecare, Peters' Cleaners and Bluebird Care Stamford & Rutland battling it out for Mercury Business Award 2021
Judges will soon be faced with the difficult decision of crowning the winner of a Mercury Business Award.
Rose Krezwell of Radfield Homecare, Leo Zammit of Peters Cleaners and the Bluebird Care Stamford & Rutland team have been named as the finalists in the Employee or Team of the Year category at the Mercury Business Awards 2021.
Rose, Radfield Homecare's field care supervisor, was nominated for the award by her bosses for 'going the extra mile' to provide support to clients and colleagues.
"We are a young business so someone with Rose's energy and capacity made an impact to our business and reputation," said James Beech, who owns Radfield Homecare with his wife Stefania.
The company has received a 9.9 out of 10 rating on homecare.co.uk, a care equivalent to TripAdvisor, which James says a 'big part of it is down to Rose'.
James said: "I have spoken to a number of different clients about Rose an what they feel about her, which comes through in all the feedback, is how uplifted they feel by her visits."
Rose has also used her own time and money to purchase gifts for clients and support other carers.
Vicky Whiter, owner of Peters' Cleaners, nominated Leo Zammit for the award after years if dedication to dry cleaning and helping to keep the business running during the pandemic.
She said: "I'm very lucky to have him on my team, he has a pretty expert knowledge.
"In the past two years it's not just his dry cleaning but his ability to think big and come up with new concepts."
Leo, 67, helped Vicky come up with the idea for a 24/7 drop-off point where customers can drop off and pick up their clothing at any time, making it more convenient for shift workers and commuters.
He also took on multiple jobs within the business during lockdowns to allow other employees to be put on furlough.
"He is extremely diligent and treats every item he cleans with the same respect," said Vicky.
Leo began his dry cleaning career in the 70s and has stayed in love with the job because of the variety.
At Bluebird Care it wasn't a single employee nominated, but instead the whole team.
"It's a real privilege," said Leisa MacKenzie, who owns the business with her husband Tim.
"It wasn't something we were aware we had been put forward for. Above all else it's an honour for the team to be both nominated and to achieve finalist position - to be in the final three is amazing."
Leisa and Tim set up the business 10 years ago with a handful of employees and have since grown the business to have 96 members of staff who have cared for thousands of people over the years.
Leisa said: "What makes them stand out is their passion for what they do."
She added that the team is made up of exceptional individuals who come together to make something special.