Making an impact


Earlier this month we received news that we had been awarded ‘highly commended’ in Management Today’s inaugural NextGen awards in the business impact category. This celebrates businesses as a force for good, highlighting their social impact on the wider community. 

It’s important to say that we threw our hat into the ring before the COVID-19 crisis. While we all continue to adapt to recent events, and are faced with new challenges daily, we believe it’s important to celebrate the positive, so we wanted to take a moment to share this recognition, and how it has reinforced the impact of our work. We’re more determined than ever to put the right plans in place to ensure we’re ready to come back to schools when they reopen.

Management Today explains more on the purpose of the awards in its winners’ announcement:

“We launched the NextGen Awards at the tail end of last year, before coronavirus first emerged in China and before terms such as “social distancing” and “flattening the curve” entered the lexicon. Our mission was to shine a spotlight on the next generation of ground-breaking, high-growth businesses.

“The impact on SMEs, particularly those in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors, has been devastating. There’s no escaping the scale of the challenge. But UK businesses are nothing if not resilient.

“Necessity is the mother of invention,” says Julian Birkinshaw, professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at London Business School and a NextGen judge. “A lot of very innovative ideas come out of economic crises, as entrepreneurs pick up on new and surprising opportunities. The NextGen winners demonstrate agility and impact. And they will play a crucial role in Britain’s recovery.”

The business impact award stood out for us as it recognises organisations whose work has a wider impact on the local community. Some of the milestones that we’re most proud of include:

  •   Working with over 300 school partners across the UK
  •   Welcoming over 25 million people into schools each year so communities can make use of local facilities for everything from five-a-side football to cookery classes 
  •   Generating over £15m funding for school partners since 2012

This achievement is a result of the work we have done together over the years, and we’ve all played a part of that success by continuing to make use of school facilities.

There’s a long journey ahead and undoubtedly more challenges to come, but we remain an optimistic, proud and passionate team. We will continue to do all that we can to plan and prepare for when we can all return to schools and play our part in our country’s recovery.