Last month, Easy Internet founder and director Mark Esho won the East Midlands Institute of Directors (Iod) award for Inclusivity.
These prestigious awards recognise established and emerging directors across the region. There were 46 finalists and 12 categories, with each including a highly commended award and an overall winner.
Mark was previously awarded a highly commended award by the IoD in 2016 for the Small Business category. To return this year and take the main award for Inclusivity marks a real milestone and the entire Easy Internet team is so happy for him.
The award recognises Easy Internet’s commitment to employing and supporting a diverse workforce. As a Disability Confident partner, Easy Internet seeks to remove the barriers disabled people may have in finding and retaining employment. The company also promotes flexible hours and home working to allow employees to work around their commitments.
The elegant award ceremony was held at Winstanley House in Leicester was hosted by BBC East Midlands presenter Anne Davies. It was attended by over 150 guests and many of the most dynamic and exciting businesses in the region were represented. Ms Davies interviewed each of the finalists as they received their awards, and Mark used his opportunity to talk about the importance of giving back.
Following success at the regional, East Midlands awards, Mark will now be a finalist for the national event at the finals in London, on the 18th of October. The award ceremony for the national competition will be hosted by Sir Trevor McDonald and will take place at The Brewery in the heart of London.
Mark will be facing stiff competition from other regional winners at the national awards, but we’ll be cheering him on and can’t wait to see how he does.
Giving back to the community and creating a business with a conscience is extremely important to us here at Easy Internet.
Therefore we’re delighted to announce that our Founder and Managing Director, Mark Esho, has combined forces with a number of influential black colleagues and friends to form the East Midlands Black Business Network.
The EMBBN was created by Mark Esho, David McFarlane, Brian Simmons, Ashiedu Joel and Sandra Pollock out of a desire for change.
It’s no secret that there’s still a huge discrepancy when it comes to black people in business and those who are occupying managerial positions.
The EMBBN aims to challenge this by promoting black enterprise within the East Midlands region and by providing a safe space for mentoring and support.
They also hope to build prosperous business relationships between the black community and inspire and motivate the next generation of black entrepreneurs along the way.
The EMBBN is open to anyone who identifies themselves as being black or of African heritage. This exciting new initiative was launched at the Institute of Directors East Midlands Director of the Year Award 2019, where Mark won the Best Director award in the Leicestershire category.
With EMBBN’s help, we hope more inspiring black entrepreneurs will be scooping up awards all around the region – and beyond!
As individuals, we can achieve great things but together we can achieve so much more.
At the conference hosted at St Martin’s house in Leicester city centre, Mark and Diana gave two presentations. Diana’s focused on how to get full utility out of a website without breaking the bank and Mark shared hints and tips on how to optimise social media.
Mark said: “When I set up the business, very few people understood the power of digital marketing. We’ve got eighteen years of experience now and are more aware than ever on the advantage provided by an effective internet presence, so we wanted to share that knowledge.”.
The National Local Law Society Conference (NLLSC) brings together representatives of law societies across the country to share knowledge, raise key issues and note trends impacting the profession. This year it was hosted by Leicestershire Law Society which was founded in 1860 and is one of the oldest law societies in the country.
Diana said: “We really value our partnership with Leicester Law Society and are so proud of them for hosting such a fantastic event. Exhibiting at the conference is just one part of our method to engage with the local community and promote business ties which is something we’re really passionate about.”
Every business is looking into CSR to boost their brand image and reputation. Whether it’s to boost brand image or to entice talent, the benefits are undeniable.
Here at Easy Internet, we look at CSR differently. Rather than a specific activity to tick a box, social responsibility and value are incorporated in every aspect of our business and although we do directly support several charities, that’s only one tiny part of our approach.
It starts with our staff. The team have a diverse range of backgrounds and we pride ourselves on offering flexible work terms as we recognise that everyone has different needs.
Additionally we strive to make our workspace pleasant, having moved to a city centre office in Phoenix Square with large windows and loads of natural light. With public transport links, our employees don’t have to start their day with a tiring commute and can pop out at lunch to get food from any of the nearby shops or cafes.
We treat our clients and our work with respect. We make sure that we keep adding value and that’s why many of our clients have been with us from the start and are still giving us glowing references today.
Community ties are really important to us and we get involved in a variety of ways, from sponsoring Leicestershire Law Society to taking local students for work placements.
Finally, we can’t discuss CSR without mentioning the Your Smalls Appeal which was set up by our director Diana Esho and runs out of our Phoenix Square office. This perfectly demonstrates the way we don’t draw a line between social value and our business. Social value runs through every part of our business.