Horwich Farrelly celebrates 50th anniversary with #HFhighlights campaign
In 2019 Horwich Farrelly celebrates its golden jubilee, having delivered pioneering legal expertise for fifty years. One of the ways the firm is marking the milestone is with a year-long campaign called #HFhighlights celebrating the achievements of its people.
Each week we’ll be casting the spotlight on one of our 750 employees to ask them about their proudest achievement, to learn more about what they do at the firm, and what makes them tick outside of work.
Launching the campaign is HR Advisor, Brad Carr, who tells us about his #HFhighlight of raising more than £2,300 for charity in a cross-Channel cycling challenge.
HR Advisor, Brad Carr
When did you start working at Horwich Farrelly?
I joined the firm in December 2014, just after finishing university.
Before joining the firm what was your most unusual job?
Horwich Farrelly was my first full-time job, but I did do a placement in the HR team at a large bakery in Oldham, Greater Manchester. This was the place where they made Colin the Caterpillar himself! One day I took a tour of the factory floor and one of their employees assured me, in no uncertain terms, that he doesn’t have feet, he has little booties. She was deadly serious.
What does a typical day look like for you at Horwich Farrelly?
As I suspect is the case with most jobs across the firm there’s no such thing as a typical day in my role. Much of my work is dealing with employee and management queries, supporting and advising people, so it’s always a bit different. For example, in any one day I could be meeting employees returning to work after maternity leave, working on projects or running training workshops for line managers.
How has your career progressed since joining the firm?
I started out as an HR Administrator with only a month of experience from the bakery placement. Since then, I’ve been promoted to the role of Senior HR Administrator and subsequently HR Advisor. The firm also supported me in further studies to get my MSc in Human Resource Management, allowing me to leave early on days of lectures and helping to fund the qualification through the firm’s Training & Education Bursary. I’m in quite a strong position for my career at only 25, thanks in large to the support I’ve received from Horwich Farrelly.
Highlights from Brad’s charity bike ride
What has been the biggest highlight of your time at Horwich Farrelly?
Cycling from London to Paris for our 2017 charity, Rethink Mental Illness, is a memory I will never forget. Raising over £2,300 for the charity (including over £300 from a single bake sale) to actually taking on the challenge itself, was fantastic.
The support from friends, family, colleagues, the event staff and other cyclists on the challenge was phenomenal. I still remember the feeling of cycling along countryside roads between miles of golden fields in Normandy, in the early summer sun. It was pretty special.
It was great to meet Kenza Dairi from the charity at last year’s Better Society Awards, and to hear more from her about how the money raised helps those with mental health issues.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and outside interests?
I’m a bit of a foodie, so one of my favourite things to do is head to new cafés or restaurants in Manchester, take a few photos of what’s on offer and write a short review on Instagram. Geeky perhaps, but pretty fun!
I also love to travel and see the world, fitting in a couple of trips each year. In 2018 I went to Argentina for a fortnight, and also spent a few weeks travelling around Europe during the summer. Later this year I’m off to Japan for two weeks.
Outside of work, Brad enjoys travelling to places as far flung as Argentina, and food blogging
What makes working at Horwich Farrelly different from other firms?
Honestly, having only really worked at Horwich Farrelly, I’m perhaps not necessarily the most qualified to answer! However from my perception, and what I’ve heard from others, the culture and the people are what makes it different. Maybe it’s because we have a relaxed dress code, maybe it’s the way we work with clients, maybe it’s not being in the city centre, who knows – but all of it comes together to make a really warm place to work.
What advice would you give to others starting out in their career with the firm?
Be curious and ask lots of questions! One of our greatest strengths is how we are quite relaxed and that everyone is really friendly, so never be afraid to ask for help if you aren’t too sure about something. Everyone has been there themselves and are happy to assist.