I think it is safe to say that this Christmas was a bit different for everyone, but with a few adjustments, we managed to retain that Locale sparkle at Christmas, getting everyone in the festive spirit with a variety of activities and festive games.

We participated in Christmas Jumper day on the 11th December, helping to raise money for Save the Children. Ran Secret Santa, a strong favourite in the office and this year was no different! We also made Christmas Hampers filled with festive treats and even a Locale branded hoodie to encompass our thanks and appreciation for the hard work that the team do all year.

It goes without saying that unfortunately this year an ‘in-person’ Christmas party wasn’t possible, so we decided to move it online. Despite being ‘zoomed’ out we all joined the video call and had a great laugh, along with awarding our acclaimed Christmas Certificates. I am pleased to announce the winners were as follows…

Our Employee of the Quarter for October to December 2020 was…. Rosie! Rosie our Client Service Executive is a member of the team who is always on hand to help, described as “very helpful and well engaged in the team”, regularly going above and beyond Rosie was also nominated for her “Exemplary customer service skills. Rosie’s work has been recognised by different departments within Locale and by our clients.”

The runner up for not only Employee of the Quarter but also for Employee of the Year was Richard! This is a testament to how much the company values Richard, being based at home, Richard is someone whom we don’t see in the office very often, but he certainly doesn’t go unnoticed. Here are some quotes from the individuals who nominated Richard “It’s the quiet ones you’ve got to watch. He has been steadily adding more and more string to his bow, learning new technologies to allow us to develop new features on the app, investigating new integrations, and all of this time, gradually picking up raffle tickets for generally being ‘all nice and Richardy’ What a star.”– Well done Richard!

Our Employee of the Year was awarded to Geoff. Being our Group Financial Controller has meant that this year has been particularly testing with coronavirus keeping us on our toes, but Geoff has worked incredibly hard this year, resulting in no one being furloughed. Geoff is truly respected by the whole team and this award was thoroughly deserved.

As always, we included some extra awards that aim to reflect the wonderful personalities we have at Locale.

Rob won our award for ‘Best Acrobatic Performance’. Not only destroying a pedestal and the wall but managing to take a rather impressive chunk out of his leg… we felt it was only right to recognise this dramatic descent down the stairs.

Having displayed such enthusiasm when discussing a range of topics, John won the ‘Soapbox Award’ for his passion for a variety of subjects including politics and the office playlist…

Richard also won our ‘Superhuman Certificate’. In our ‘Locale vs Lockdown’ challenge, Richard decided to go above and beyond and ran an incredible 442km!!

For her great sense of humour, Jade was the well-deserved winner of our Company Blopper award for 2020.

Finally, throughout the month of December, we competed within the office to win the Christmas activity tournament, with the Developers taking victory with their quick answers!

Well done to all, in such a challenging year, these awards are a real credit to the whole company.

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