Delight for Wishaw's Stephen as he Walks Away with £10K Employee Award

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Kwik Fit Insurance Employee of the Year wins £10,000 prize.

Stephen has had an amazing year. He exceeded all his targets and he has created a fantastic working environment for his team. Stephen has worked very hard in 2008 and is our deserved employee of the year.

Wishaw man Stephen Carella has scooped the top prize at the Kwik Fit Insurance Employee of the Year awards on Saturday. The Uddingston based employer held it's glittering annual awards event at The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh with over 250 guests in attendance.

The Oscar-style evening, hosted by TV funnyman Craig Hill, recognised top performers from all areas of the business who have contributed to the success of the company in 2008.

As well as winning his own department's Manager of the Year award, Stephen was overjoyed to learn he had also been selected as the company's overall Employee of the Year, earning him an amazing £10K prize and the congratulations of the insurance intermediary's 1000 staff.

Stephen has been working at Kwik Fit Insurance for five years and is a Team Leader in the busy Service department. Stephen said: "I couldn't believe it when my name was read out for the Employee of the Year award. It's a wonderful honour for me win this award. It has been a lot of hard work but it is always enjoyable and I am proud that I have helped contribute to our success."

"Working at Kwik Fit Insurance has really helped me develop a career, with great rewards and benefits and to be named Employee of the Year really tops it all."

Managing Director of Kwik Fit Insurance, Brendan Devine presented Stephen with his award. He said: "Stephen has had an amazing year. He exceeded all his targets and he has created a fantastic working environment for his team. Stephen has worked very hard in 2008 and is our deserved employee of the year."

As well as announcing their Employee of the Year Award, Brendan also handed out awards to 33 other employees for their contribution to 2008.
"My congratulations are also extended to all our worthy winners on Saturday night. In such tough economic times, it is important that everyone works hard to achieve our goals and to make sure we continually perform well. Those who received awards on Saturday showed great determination and commitment to this and were all deserved winners."

Kwik Fit Insurance have been running the annual awards event for four years, reinforcing their committement to recognise the top performers across the entire company, with plans already in discussion for next year's event.

Notes to editors:
Kwik Fit Insurance Services was launched in 1995 and has grown to become one of the UK's leading car insurance distributors, well as a major presence in home insurance as well as insurance markets.

The company's award-winning call centre at Uddingston, Lanarkshire, now employs almost 1000 people, handling 10 million calls every year.

Since its launch in 1995, Kwik Fit Insurance Services has grown and developed into one of Scotland's most dynamic contact centres.

Kwik Fit Insurance Services is part of the Kwik Fit Group which was sold to private equity firm CVC Europe in November 2002. In June 2005 it was purchased by private equity firm PAI Partners. The philosophy of the business is unchanged - to provide the best possible service to customers.

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