PRESS RELEASE 08 December 2022
The Happy Consultancy Group’s co-founder, Helen Lawrence (centre right) is joined by colleague Jess Maguire (center left) as they collect ‘Learning & Development Supplier of the Year’ at the Personnel Today Awards last month.
The Happy Consultancy Group has opened a new office in Southeast Asia, as part of its ambitious growth plans to create happier places of work around the world. The announcement comes as the UK-headquartered consultancy unveils a fresh new identity and secures another leading industry award.
A specialist in workplace well-being, employee engagement, and development, The Happy Consultancy Group, has opened its first international office in Malaysia. Having secured a raft of new clients, including Pos Malaysia – the country’s national courier and postal service – the UK-born business is already making waves in the APAC region.
The new overseas office sees The Happy Consultancy Group take its signature bespoke and off-the-shelf solutions to the Malaysian business market. From leadership development and employee engagement, through to on-boarding and customer experience, the organisation’s award-winning approach to employee engagement, learning and development has gone global.
Andy Fisher, co-founder of The Happy Consultancy Group, is heading up the Malaysian venture and comments:
“This is a major milestone in the history of The Happy Consultancy Group, and one that I’m so proud to have reached so early in our overall journey. As we hit seven successful years, it’s fantastic that our services are in demand, so much so that we’ve committed to our second office – the first overseas.
Southeast Asia presents so many wonderful opportunities for us to bring our blend of intelligent learning, engagement, and creative design to a whole new workforce. The working culture is very different to the UK, but we are still able to create high-impact solutions that help both people and businesses thrive. It’s been wonderful being welcomed to Malaysia and I’m excited to build our footprint here.”
This expansion news comes alongside the organisation’s rebrand, which sees the move from The Happy Learning Company to The Happy Consultancy Group. Having built a reputation for delivering ‘happiness by design’ to clients including Royal Mail, GWR, British Airways, BT, and Heathrow Airport, The Happy Consultancy Group solidifies the organisation’s original purpose of “creating happier places of work around the world.”
Recent data showcases the stark reality of the UK’s workforce woes: Indeed’s Work Happiness Score, the largest study of workplace happiness, found that around 36% of people are unhappy at work. There are also said to be 9.8 million Brits who are actively job hunting daily, with around three in five employees feeling disengaged with their workplace.
Likewise, Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace 2022 Report revealed that stress amongst the world's workers reached an all-time high, with almost half feeling the burden of stress. Wellbeing in Europe and South Asia was hit hard in 2021 too, particular by Covid-19 and South Asia was said to have the lowest wellbeing in the world at 11%, in the study.
Helen Lawrence, who co-founded The Happy Consultancy Group alongside Andy Fisher, comments:
“There really are some shocking statistics around workplace unhappiness, but we must focus on what that actually means. People’s mental health is suffering, and businesses are struggling to (re)engage their workforces. The Happy Consultancy Group is able to go in, get under the skin of how a business works, and then create solutions that not only make people happier and help them unlock their full potential but make businesses stronger and more successful too.
There’s so much good news for us at the moment, in what we’re calling our ‘Seven Year Switch’. Instead of feeling uneasy at the seven-year mark, we’re even more passionate in the pursuit of our purpose. Our rebrand demonstrates just how much we’ve grown; we’re about more than learning and development, and now we’re able to offer full-service consultancy that really moves the dial for our clients.
The incredible Happy People team and our Happy Alliance are crucial to this success, and I thank them for helping us reach this latest milestone.”
The Happy Consultancy Group’s work was recently recognised by the Personnel Today Awards, which celebrate the best achievements and innovations across HR, learning, and development. Famed for “unlocking the power of people to deliver great customer experience and results,” The Happy Consultancy Group was named ‘Learning & Development Supplier of the Year’ at the annual ceremony, which took place in November.
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Notes to Editors
Formerly known as The Happy Learning Company, The Happy Consultancy Group has offices in the UK and Malaysia, and specialises in transformation, change, and engagement strategies for businesses.
With the overall mission of ‘creating happier places of work around the world’, the organisation combines intelligent learning, engagement, and creative design to create high-impact solutions for clients including Royal Mail, Heathrow Airport, GWR, Pos Malaysia Berhad, British Airways, BT, Tesco, Girl Guiding UK, IHG, Parcelforce, Royal Mail, and Transport for London, to name a few.
Founded by Andy Fisher and Helen Lawrence, The Happy Consultancy Group also has a community of professionals, known as The Happy Alliance, who provide clients with access to the most talented consultants, filmmakers, and designers across their projects. The main aim is to unlock the power of happy people, help them reach their potential, and ultimately support businesses as they grow.
The Happy Consultancy Group has built a solid reputation as a leading provider and has won numerous awards, including Learning & Development Supplier of the Year, Personnel Today Awards 2022; Best Management & Leadership Development Programme, Most Innovative Solution, and Outstanding Solution, Learning Excellence Awards 2022; 10 Most Inspiring Women Leaders 2021, Industry Era; and Inspired Learning Award and Professional Services Award, Local Business Awards 2021.
To find out more, visit www.thehappyconsultancygroup.com