Managing Director of the Year Awards 2023

49 | Managing Director of the Year 2023 Mar23249 Best Health & Safety Management Solutions MD: Kate Louise Cole HAVi Technologies Ltd. is the UK’s leading specialist in providing solutions to help businesses across multiple industries comply with HSE guidelines for managing Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVs). Delivering innovative outcome led solutions, HAVi simply helps organisations make better decisions, faster! Join us as we explore this dynamic company and the woman behind its recent success. Over two million people in the UK alone are at risk of Hand Arm Vibration (HAVs) – a condition caused by exposure of the hands and arms to vibration when using powered handheld tools. Whilst the symptoms can be managed, the condition is irreversible and debilitating. However, there are preventatives available, and at the forefront of this fight is HAVi Technologies Ltd. The company aims to help organisations ‘do the right thing’ through providing effective solutions to bolster compliance with Control of Vibration at Work regulations and demystify the commonly held perception that managing HAV is a complicated task. Indeed, the company boasts a range of software that enables the user to have a greater insight into the risks their organisation faces from the use of hand powered tools. From basic time management to the company’s latest innovation, ActiviQ with HAVs Risk Index™, HAVi helps large and small organisations identify current and emerging HAV risks and steers them towards targeted corrective actions. Passion and compassion are the driving forces behind the business. It is this trait that empowers the team behind the company; they are motivated by making a positive change for clients. Through communication and teamwork, the staff have created a workplace that ensures efficacy. Consequently, the company has earned a reputation for excellence, with numerous testimonials praising the team. One customer, named G H, comments, ‘It is always nice to deal with people who love what they are doing. It is a pleasure to deal with Kate Louise and Joel – good product and the support that comes with it is even better.’ Kate Louise Cole, the company’s Managing Director, possesses 20 years of experience working in leading businesses within the plumbing and heating sectors. Joining the HAVi Technologies Ltd. team in 2020, she notes that, ‘I was attracted to trying to enact real change in an SME and drive a culture of passion and purpose.’ Furthermore, Kate’s prior experience meant that she had a wealth of skillsets to draw on from utilising global supply chains, back-office processes, CRM, channel management, sales, and business leadership. Such qualities have allowed Kate to take an authentic leadership approach, hoping that this will then ‘create an environment for others to be successful.’ She then adds, ‘Through this empowerment, we all see results.’ This environment of empowerment has facilitated HAVi’s re-certification under the British Safety Industry Federation’s Registered Safety Supplier Scheme and for the use of their products in an explosive atmosphere (ATEX / UKEX / IECEx). Both audits noted 100% compliance in all areas. In order to emulate Kates’s success, she notes that it is imperative to ‘be kind’ and ‘be yourself.’ An authentic approach is most certainly the best option, as it allows for a real connection to be forged between employees, clients, and other stakeholders alike. Rather than having a robotic leader, employees deal with an authentic human being and all of the qualities that brings. Unsurprisingly 2023 has already been an enormously successful year for HAVi Technologies Ltd. Building on a successful portfolio of clients with additions of major bluechips and SME’s, HAVi have also exploited new market sectors and geographies with their transparent, value add approach. Kate remains clear that sustainable growth will always be built on a vision to provide a pragmatic and innovative, outcome led solution coupled with ethical and high integrity behaviours. Email: Company: HAVi Technologies Ltd Web Address: Phone: 0115 932 7002