Impact Arts have been shortlisted for an award at the prestigious Glasgow Business Awards 2012 in the Best Employer of a Student or Graduate category. The award is sponsored by the City of Glasgow College and Impact Arts will be competing with some of Glasgow’s best loved businesses, Find Me Glasgow, Morgan Stanley and Percepta for the award. The winners will be announced at the Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Thursday 4 October 2012. The ceremony will be attended by Impact Arts Chief Executive Lynne Carr, Chairman of the Board John Downie, founder Susan Aktemel, Head of Delivery Alison Urie and Impact Arts first graduate employee Mairi Sanders. Mairi started with the organisation on an undergraduate placement called ‘Profit by Placement’ 15 years ago and now manages the company’s monetary affairs as Head of Finance.
Mairi said: ‘After my 9 week undergraduate placement in 1997, I stayed on with Impact Arts part time until I completed my degree. I graduated from Strathclyde University on a Friday and started with Impact Arts on the Monday morning, and I’ve never looked back!’
‘The organisation was founded by Susan Aktemel, a graduate looking to create a role for herself and to provide opportunities for talented artists and this ethos has extended through the companies 18 year history.’
‘To this day the majority of our workforce is made up of graduates from a diverse range of backgrounds, from English to Engineering and they are what make Impact Arts the vibrant and dynamic organisation we are today. Win or lose on Thursday night, there is no doubt that Impact Arts is one of the top employers of students and graduates in Scotland!’