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Posted on 10 July 2024

The Calico Group’s Emily O’Keefe wins Burnley’s Young Employee of the Year award

In a night celebrating the best of Burnley’s business community, Emily O’Keefe was awarded the prestigious Young Employee of the Year title at the Burnley Business Awards 2024.

Held at Crow Wood Hotel, the event drew businesses and community members from across the region.

Sponsored by Barnfield Construction, the award recognised Emily’s hard work as part of the finance team at The Calico Group.

Working as an Accounts Assistant, Emily has been able to gain experience of working across different sectors and making sure each business across The Calico Group payment journeys are simple and accounts are financially accurate.

Emily’s daily tasks play a huge role in improving the efficiency of The Calico Group. These tasks can vary from improving the bank reconciliation process for businesses of the group to looking into unallocated cash on accounts receivable.

Emily’s journey at The Calico Group started out at SafeNet as an Admin Apprentice. During her time at SafeNet, Emily was nominated for Platinum Apprentice of the Year at Burnley College Themis Awards 2023.

The Burnley Business Awards are sponsorship funded business awards organised by Burnley Council to reward and celebrate the achievements of local organisations.

Emily O’Keefe, Accounts Assistant at The Calico Group said: ‘I am extremely grateful and proud to have received Young Employee of the Year at the Burnley Business Awards in what was an amazing night.

Winning this award came as a complete shock to me and something I will never forget.

I am lucky to have been supported by so many colleagues across the group since I started as an apprentice at Safenet in 2021 and would like to thank those who have given me opportunities to succeed and develop in my role.’

Chloe Christian, Executive Director of Finance at The Calico Group said: ‘We’re really proud of Emily and winning this award is testament to her hard work and recognises the impact she has had in our team and throughout The Calico Group.

Emily is a valued member of our Finance team and her dedication and passion for supporting the group and making a real difference has stood out.’

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