Midlothian staff earn a sunshine break

The team enjoy drinks at a restaurant
The team enjoy drinks at a restaurant

Every worker looks forward to a holiday but one forward-thinking firm took it to a whole new level – by jetting its entire workforce off to Portugal.

Directors of Solve, which advises other businesses on good HR practices, paid £5000 to take its seven-strong team of mums on a four-day break to the Algarve after they helped steer the firm to its £300,000 turnover target.

They stayed in a luxury seaside villa boasting its own private swimming pool and spent their evenings dining out in restaurants, all on their bosses.

Highlights of the trip included a chance encounter with Paddy McGuinness of Take Me Out fame and the Welsh international football team.

Angela Black, a 35-year-old HR manager and mother-of-one, who has been in her job for less than a year, said: “I have worked for various organisations but I have never had anything like this.

“We all had a great time getting away from everything and kicking back without the children.

“We all work very hard for the business and knowing you are valued by your employer makes you go the extra mile.”

Mother-of-two Tracey Burke, a 40-year-old HR business partner, added: “It was great weather and it was particularly good to get away after all the hard work we had put in.”

Founding director Stephanie Robinson launched Solve in 2011 to help clients unlock the benefits of good HR and employment law advice – including happier and more productive staff. The company is based at the Midlothian Innovation Centre, near Bilston.

It was an anecdote from her dad which inspired her to use the promise of a sunshine holiday to help bond and motivate her own team.

Stephanie said: “My dad catered for major functions and used to tell me about a huge event he was involved with for a big American company in the 1980s. The company brought all of its sales staff and their wives to Scotland.

“I told the team that if we could all work together to break £300,000, then we’d go away on holiday.”

Stephanie has already promised them another holiday if they reach the next target – breaking the £400,000 mark.