2016 National Enterprise Network Awards winners announced

The winners of the 2016 National Enterprise Network awards were announced at the NatWest sponsored National Enterprise Network Annual Conference on Friday 18th November 2016.

Winners in seven categories were announced by National Enterprise Network Chairman Graham Marley and facilitator and BBC broadcaster Tanya Beckett at the event held at the RBS Conference Centre in London. A number of highly commended entries were also recognised during the ceremony.

Awards were presented to organisations and individuals from within membership of the National Enterprise Network; recognising excellence in the delivery of enterprise support and encouraging the exchange of good practice in the following categories for:

  • Enterprise Communicator of the Year
  • Client Engagement of the Year
  • Community/Stakeholder Engagement of the Year
  • Unsung Hero of the Year
  • Future of Enterprise Support Award
  • Enterprise Support Organisation of the Year

Judges Andy Lee, regional Enterprise Manager at NatWest joined NEN Chairman Graham Marley and NEN Chief Executive Dawn Whiteley MBE.

Enterprise Communicator of the Year Award
StartUp Croydon
 was highly commended in recognition of their high impact and successful rebranding earlier this year.

Enterprise Support Organisation of the Year Award
This award produced two winners based on turnover bands. Turnover under £750k, was awarded to StartUp Croydon for not only undertaking a major rebrand, but also enhancing and extending its work with its partners and stakeholders over the last year.

This included involvement in the popular Croydon Business Month and as a founding partner of LoveCroydonJobs.

In addition, the Team also work with Croydon Chamber and member companies; and are proud to have developed a strong and lasting relationship with NatWest and RBS that has seen the creation of a bespoke a plan of support for Croydon based start-ups and small businesses.

Community Champions
As a community champion with sponsorship of Best New Business at the Croydon Business Excellence Awards, we have also assisted in driving forward a new initiative called Be The Change that was launched by LoveCroydonJobs and Humanutopia. This ground breaking, inspirational programme, is aimed at year 9 students who, for one reason or another, may have become disengaged with school or lack confidence in their own abilities.

During the coming year, we are focussed on the design and delivery of a dedicated social enterprise support project, aimed at supporting unemployed or economically inactive people in the Coast To Capital region.

For further information regarding the NEN conference and award winners, please click here