The Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) is the trade body for organisations delivering services within the Welfare to Work sector and Clarion beat off competition from 170 other organisations to claim the award.
Boosted by endorsements from six of its national customers, Clarion was recognised for the innovative approach it takes to supporting deaf and hard of hearing people on the government's Work Programme.
Clarion uses a completely freelance workforce to supply Prime Contractors with Communication and Employment Consultants (CECs) who are qualified communication professionals with employment advisor skills and knowledge. This entrepreneurial and unique service has turned tradition on its head, found people jobs and ensured Clarion has become the biggest company of its kind in the country.
Clarion's National Operational Manager Bob Marsh said: "Even being nominated for the award was a huge achievement but to be recognised ahead of so many other innovative companies is fantastic for the business. It is testament to the unique employment solution that we have developed and the extraordinary customer service we have established with our partners that we are able to make sure the Work Programme is effective for deaf and hard of hearing people."
It has been a triumphant period for Clarion after its Head of Business Development, Cheryl Cullen, was shortlisted for the 'No Boundaries' category in the Microsoft Dynamics Change Ambassadors Programme.
The award recognises individuals within an organisation who, through their skills, efforts and vision, have led significant change for their business and Cheryl was one of five who were recognised for their contributions.
Cheryl said: "I am thrilled to have been nominated but I really couldn't have achieved the change without the support of my Business Development Team and the value-driven staff at Clarion. Everyone was excited to get on board and support an idea for change which had such a high social return for deaf and hard of hearing people."
Clarion is based in Cambridge and provides services to deaf and hard of hearing people nationwide. Its vision is that every deaf person should get the best interpreting, employment and support services in the world.
It was set up ten years ago by a local woman, Sally Chalk, who got some free space at the local deaf association, mortgaged her own home and decided to beat the recession by going to Cranfield University and learning how to be the best leader possible.
Clarion now run services across the whole country across courts, hospitals, prisons, schools and universities and has a turnover of £2.5 million - it is the largest company of its kind.