As a lifelong Liverpool fan, the venue of Anfield was perfect; with the iconic 5th Champions League trophy on show, just for the evening, at the entrance to the impressive newly developed Main Stand hospitality suite. Over 400 people gathered, to celebrate the successes and talents of businesses and workers across the Merseyside area.
The evening, hosted and presented by Jenny Stewart, CEO of the Liverpool & Sefton Chamber of Commerce, saw 4 categories of awards – Aspire, Strive, Ignite and Reach. Aspire was the first category to be presented on the night, meaning the nervous wait time for Raja and the Pall Mall Medical team was reduced as much as possible. A surprise announcement to the crowd, introduced that the Aspire award was in fact split into two further categories – Apprentice and Graduate – based on the extremely high volume of applicants.
The three chosen finalists included Michael Gilbert from CNC Robotics, Rebecca Davies from Credit Management Group and Raja Pitalia from Pall Mall Medical. The three worthy finalists, all of whom deserve exceptional credit for being selected in such a highly competitive group, waited with growing tension as they looked to the stage where Jenny was ready to announce the winner of the Graduate award. The bar was set high already after Elkie Durkan of Document Direct deservedly picked up the apprentice award for her outstanding contribution to the company.
Silence was broken, as Jenny opened the category.
“The judges felt that the winner of this award really stood out and displayed a full range of skills.
He was extremely focused and understood the company’s need for investment in the longer term future.
He displayed great business acumen for someone so young.”
Truly humbling words, followed by… “And the winner, from Pall Mall Medical is Raja Pitalia.”
Raja’s initial background was Aerospace Engineering, finishing top of his class with a First Class Honours from the University of Manchester. He soon realised that his real passion was business and was accepted onto an engineering management internship at Rolls-Royce where he was able to transition between engineering to business/management. After this position, Raja was accepted on a one-year Business Management Masters programme, where he joined some of the greatest minds in the world, at the University of Cambridge. Upon successful completion of this highly regarded course, Raja joined Pall Mall Medical in September 2015, where he would begin his professional career.
The Business Manager position was a new role, created to focus on the growth of the company. It didn't take long before Raja developed an interest in other areas of the business as well – recruitment, HR, marketing, IT, finance, sales and more. After gaining exposure in these departments, it became apparent that Raja’s skill set was well suited to these areas and his role quickly expanded across the whole organisation.
This award is an outstanding achievement for Raja – well deserved. After receiving the award, during his video interview, Raja’s words were as follows:
“Unbelievable. When I heard I was nominated I couldn't believe it. To be announced as the winner is completely unexpected. I am flattered to receive this award and hope that it further opens the doors for Pall Mall Medical in the Merseyside and wider area.
I love my job and everything about it. It is an honour to be here, at Anfield, with this prestigious accolade in my hand.
I very much look forward to what lies ahead for my career at Pall Mall Medical. Congratulations to Elkie and the other finalists and thank you so much to the wonderful team around me, without whom this would not be possible”.
We very much look forward to seeing Raja’s personal and professional development at Pall Mall Medical and hope that this fantastic achievement is the perfect stepping stone for what promises to be a great career ahead of him.