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Welcome to our meet the expert feature, where you’ll have the chance to get to know the people behind the series of events submitted as part of Huddersfield Business Week 2019.

Gavin Howarth, Managing Director at Howarths, is hosting a workshop on the importance of HR for business growth. More info on Gavin’s event can be found here.

Name, company and role:

Gavin Howarth, Howarths, Managing Director.

What does your company do, and how does your role support the company goal?

We provide support and guidance to other SME’s in the areas of HR, Employment Law and Health and Safety. I lead the team setting direction, purpose and building an environment for the team to thrive.

What is your career background?

I qualified as a Solicitor at one of the top 20 largest law firms in the country. I then joined the family business spending the first three years as an advisor, and the later 6 as Managing Director.

What makes your company stand out in your industry/sector?

The perfect combination of expertise, service levels and product positioning. We are also family run and are very socially conscious providing a deeper meaning for what we do.

What is your proudest achievement since being with the company?

Tripling the size of the company (across all metrics) in 6 years through purely organic growth and funding.

What is your top tip for success in business/career?

Be authentic.

Why are you passionate about being located in Huddersfield?

We’re based in Cleckheaton and I’m proud of that because we are ‘in and amongst’ our clients and are just like them. This is important in our sector.

What do you enjoy doing when not at work?

Being with my wife and son, travelling across the world, football, keeping fit and reading.