Louise Hewett is the Founder and current Director of Hewett Recruitment, which is celebrating 40 years in business in 2020 by raising £40k for a range of Worcestershire charities.
Louise's role in the community sits alongside her business life and over the years she has enjoyed using her influence to support many projects and charities in the county. Those community values are in the DNA of her business and are very much encouraged in her team.
Her voluntary work in business includes her role as Director and Fellow of the Governing body of her industry, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation. Louise was a founder member of the Future of Jobs Commission in 2018, whose findings she shared with the Worcestershire LEP, and were subsequently incorporated in their strategy to benefit Worcestershire businesses. Louise also initiated the 'Flexible Jobs Index' in the county and has continued to work with the LEP Chief Executive Gary Woodman, most recently in organising and taking part in podcasts and webinars to inform and support business through the pandemic lockdown.
Hewett Recruitment was the first business in Worcestershire to be awarded the title of 'Cornerstone Employer', for the firm’s work in connecting schools with businesses. Louise has a particular interest in encouraging and supporting young people to flourish and prepare for the world of work, a theme she developed in one of her previous roles as Chair of Young Enterprise. As Trustee of the Worcester Warriors Community Foundation, Louise instigated the award winning ‘Walk like a Warrior’ programme for disadvantaged young people and was awarded the national IRP award for ‘Best Contribution to the Community’ in 2010. In the same year she was given the 'Pride of Worcestershire Award' by Worcestershire Ambassadors, where she was a former Chair, and her role in the community featured strongly. Looking further back, Louise was appointed ‘Worcestershire Business Woman of the Year’ in 2000.
Louise is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Worcester and has been working with students to enhance their employability at many educational establishments throughout her career.
As Patron of St Richards Hospice, Louise continues to be a keen supporter and fundraiser helping businesses and the wider community understand the wonderful work done by the Hospice in the county.
Louise has recently been asked to organise the Queens Awards for Worcestershire and is looking forward to seeing more winners from the county.