Horwich Farrelly at 50: Nicola Spooner shares her #HFhighlight
In the third week of Horwich Farrelly’s golden jubilee Marketing Executive, Nicola Spooner, shares her proudest achievement as part of the firm’s year-long #HFhighlights campaign.
When did you start working at Horwich Farrelly?
I started working at Horwich Farrelly in October 2012, just a few months after finishing my marketing communications degree at Sheffield Hallam University.
Before joining the firm what was your most unusual job?
Not that unusual but I worked at a cinema while I was at university. Although the job was frustrating (yes that is the price for a small popcorn) the perks were incredible: free tickets to all films for me and my friends – plus we did midnight screenings of new movies when they came in!
What does a typical day look like for you at Horwich Farrelly?
I work in the Business Development (BD) & Marketing department, so it changes every single day. One day I might be working on an article updating our clients about a case we have just won, another I could be putting together a presentation for a Partner to deliver, then another day I’ll be planning a client conference we are holding. The fun never stops!
How has your career progressed since joining the firm?
My career at Horwich Farrelly has followed a somewhat diverse path. I started in the post room as an admin assistant, then I got a job in our Costs department as a paralegal. Then, three years ago an opportunity opened up in the BD & Marketing department which I knew I had to go for, and I haven’t looked back since.
What has been the biggest highlight of your time at Horwich Farrelly?
My biggest highlight has to be organising and running our annual Large & Complex Injury Conference in London. The event typically draws some 120 clients from around 60 organisations to hear about the latest developments in areas like self-driving vehicles, telematics – or in plain English, GPS black box recording of driving activity – and breakthroughs in treating spinal injuries.
It’s a really important event both for the firm and those attending so being given the opportunity to organise the conference – having never run an event on this scale – was a real learning curve for me, but one where I learnt so much. Even though it can be stressful, seeing people enjoying the day and taking things away from what you have put together and organised is a wonderful feeling.
I’m very grateful that I was given be opportunity by my manager to be involved and, now enjoy organising other events like our recent sponsored sleepout which raised more than £5,100 for Shelter and our annual Christmas party for more than 400 employees.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and outside interests?
I am obsessed with cycling, rain or shine and – much to my mum’s worry – cycle to work every day. I also love yoga.
I think that these activities help balance out my fondness for gin and my love of trying new restaurants in Manchester. I’m not much of a cook, but why would I be when there are so many fantastic places to visit around me? Plus there’s the added benefit of not having any washing up afterwards!
What makes working at Horwich Farrelly different from other firms?
Even though we have grown a lot over the last couple of years, I have never felt less important, and actually I feel like the care from managers and senior partners has increased exponentially. I have never felt more supported.
I’m also encouraged to get involved in a lot of our CSR activities. I became chair of the firm’s Charity & Social Committee in 2015 and over the last three years have helped raise more than £60,000 for good causes including the Alzheimer’s Society, Rethink Mental Illness and Shelter.
What advice would you give to others starting out in their career with the firm?
Take every opportunity that you can, learn from others around you, and never be afraid to ask questions!
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