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Breaking the mould

It is widely reported that staff turnover in the call centre industry is around 26% annually, considerably above the national average of 15%.

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Corbett Award Winner

We are proud to announce that our social enterprise, Census Life, has won the 2019 Corbett Network SME of the Year Award.

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We are proud to announce that Census Group has won the 2019 European Contact Centre and Customer Service Awards (ECCCSA) in the ‘Giving Something Back’ category.

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UKCCF Winner

Census Life is proud to reveal that one of our colleagues, Amer Crawford, won the prestigious United Kingdom Contact Centre Forum (UKCCF) Manager of the Year Award for 2019.

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The UKCCF Awards

Census Data Ltd (trading as Census Group) is delighted to reveal that one of its employees, Amer Crawford, has been shortlisted by the United Kingdom Contact Centre Forum (UKCCF) for its prestigious 2019 Manager of the Year Award.

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More Than My Past

Census Life are happy to support #MoreThanMyPast

This important campaign aims to tackle stigma towards people with convictions and people in recovery from addiction who want to turn their lives around.

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ECCCSA Finalist

Census Data Ltd (trading as Census Group) are proud to announce they have been shortlisted for the 2019 European Contact Centre & Customer Service Awards (ECCCSA) in the ‘Giving Something Back’ category.

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I currently served over 5 years in prison and had been working for Census Group whilst serving my sentence. While serving my sentence Census Group trained me as a Call Centre Operative and helped me through my sentence. When I was at work, it seemed I was not in prison and I had a “proper job”, plus being able to have a good “prison wage” ….

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I survived a hammer attack during a extremely violent relationship back in 2005. Remaining in the relationship I lost my children, family and friends. I began to use drugs and life spiralled out of control.

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Richard rowley

Richard Rowley is the Managing Director at Census Life and is responsible for all criminal justice work the social enterprise undertakes. 

Richard has over 20 years’ experience of working with voluntary, public and private sector organisations in the criminal justice arena and still retains the same desire to support people to become the very best they can be. 

Richard is also very proud to be a Trustee for POPS (Partners of Prisoners and Families Support Group) in Manchester. 

On the off-chance he is away from work, you’ll find Richard watching football, cooking and spending time with his family – not necessarily in that order!

Kelly Carrel

Kelly Carrel is the Chief Executive of Census Life and is responsible for leading the strategic direction and overall effectiveness of the organisation.

 Kelly has over 20 years’ experience of working within the Customer Management sector and, over the past 7 years, has used this experience to provide meaningful work experience and relevant training to those farthest from the job market.

Most specifically Kelly is focussed on individuals serving custodial sentences, and working with them during this period to ensure they have opportunities for employment on release. Passionate about pursuing social mobility, through the route of employment, this is the key driver of the work for Kelly and her team.

Outside of the office, Kelly enjoys travelling, martial arts & air acrobatics along with spending time with friends and family.

The Census story

Census Group was founded in 2013 by Ian and Kelly Carrel, following their respective careers working in large scale in-house and outsourced contact centre operations both in the UK and overseas.

In 2010 Criminal Record Bureau (now DBS) background checking was becoming ever more prevalent, regardless of whether the role required it. The founders recognised there was an urgent need to address the issues highlighted by this process, as more contact centre agents were losing roles across the industry with a ‘blanket’ approach being applied to every adverse CRB check. This experience in contact centre environments highlighted a significant frustration – having to let well-trained, enthusiastic staff go when their checks returned showing previous criminal convictions. With attrition rates in the industry reaching levels of >25% we knew we could develop an incredibly competent workforce that would also have a wider impact on society

Through our corporate social responsibility strategy we have consistently reinvested profits, to go the extra mile and support colleagues as they leave prison and reintegrate back into our communities. To make this much more fundamental to our work we have developed Census Life, our not-for-profit social enterprise.