FHL’s Darren Birt has been recognised on Staffordshire University’s honours list for 2021 for his significant contribution to business development and the local economy.
Each year the University award honorary degrees to celebrate the achievement of people who share the same values as the University; and Darren joins a stellar list of honorary doctorates this year including technology entrepreneur Robert Barrow MBE DL; Paul Farmer OBE of Wade Ceramics; and Professor Mark Radford, Health Education England Chief Nurse and Deputy Chief Nurse for England for his work leading the HEE response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Crewe-based FHL is a specialist cloud-based provider that has worked with Staffordshire University for 11 years offering graduates and undergraduates placements. FHL provides new recruits with training on all aspects of the business, including product development, consultancy and customer services support, plus dedicated mentoring to best support each individual.
Darren Birt, FHL director, said: ‘I’m honoured to receive this accolade from the University. We have been investing in local talent for many years as we see the value in offering graduates and undergraduates the opportunity to develop new skills alongside their academic studies. From a business perspective, many of the graduates want to stay with FHL to help shape our future firm, so it’s also a successful recruitment route for talented graduates.’