We’re delighted to have been recognised this year with a range of national awards for our commercial business and community support.
Featured at 76th place in the Financial Times list of the Fastest Growing Businesses in Europe (FT1000 list April 2017), Goodwill Solutions CIC, which provides work programmes for disadvantaged people, ex-offenders and the long-term unemployed, won the National award in the social category (social enterprise) at the UK Private Business Awards National Finals held on 14th September 2017 in London.
We are delighted that Goodwill Solutions CIC has been recognised for its social and commercial performances of recent years. For our innovative social business to be recognised in so many ways is totally unexpected and I would like to thank our employees, our customers, our service users, and the University of Northampton for helping us to achieve this recognition.
Co-founder of Goodwill Solutions Group CIC
On the 3rd October 2017, we were also recognised with a Silver Award through the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme in support of Armed Forces Covenant for their provision to former services personnel in resettlement and to gain employment. The 2017 awards will be presented by Colonel Murray Colville TD DL, the Vice Lord-Lieutenant for Leicestershire at a special Presentation Dinner to be held at Burleigh Court, Loughborough on the evening of Thursday 9th November 2017.
On the 11th of October 2017, Goodwill Solutions CIC was recognised through the Barclays Entrepreneurial Business Awards which were held at Landing 42, 122 Leadenhall Street, London. This award acknowledges fledgling entrepreneurs and start-ups, which are just beginning their journey into the world of innovation, as well as appreciating the more established companies who have already had a major impact in the enterprise arena.
This week, the oganisation has been further recognised by the Police Service of Northampton by the special award of the Chief Constable’s Commendation, with regards to Goodwill Solutions’ work with disadvantaged clients, including former offenders. Whilst the award is announce, the presentation will take place on the 29th November at Forces Headquarters, Wotton Hall.
Co-founders of Goodwill Solutions CIC, Graham Tomkins and Mike Britton, are also featured in the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards to be held on 16th November 2017 at Egdebaston Cricket Club as National Finalists in the Entrepreneur for Good category.
The University of Northampton joined the business in 2012 as a stakeholder, as our two organisations shared a desire and determination to create a positive impact on society through commerce. For Goodwill Solutions and the University, social innovation is bringing new thinking to help tackle long-standing problems. I am very proud of the great work Goodwill Solutions does to ensure that its constant drive for innovation is having a positive effect on the communities that we both serve locally, nationally, and internationally. These prestigious business awards that the team has won are a very clear demonstration that Goodwill Solutions is a successful and effective social innovator.
Professor Simon Denny
Executive Dean of Research, Impact and Enterprise
During 2016 it supported more than 120 social clients through its ‘back-to-work’ programme, resulting in more than 60 gaining paid employment. A further 300 clients were supported through engagement, vocational training towards employment through the Goodwill Solutions Learning Academy CIC.
In the last nine years Goodwill Solutions CIC has created a social business that delivers a community impact value in excess of £1.6m each year through its various commercial and social ventures and achieved an impressive growth in turnover to £7.5m for 2016.
This has been a great year for Goodwill Solutions; our business has been recognised as a leader in the field of delivering social value by getting disadvantaged people in to work through commercial enterprise. Our commercial focus, coupled with the training and support provided to our clients, equips and motivates them to seek a paid workplace position.
Managing Director of Goodwill Solutions CIC
Goodwill Solutions CIC – founded in 2008 – runs programmes which provide employment opportunities in the logistics sector for the long-term unemployed, disabled people and ex-offenders which are funded from the organisation’s profits.
For more information about Goodwill Solutions CIC contact Mike Britton – firstname.lastname@example.org – 01604 643185