Local North Norfolk business consultants, Inspired Change, have been recognised with a regional award from Business in the Community (BITC). As well as the coveted BITC Big Tick, Inspired Change won the East of England Most Innovative New Programme Award at the BITC Awards Gala Dinner – sponsored by Anglian Water, held in Bury St Edmunds on Tuesday.
Shortlisted alongside companies from across the six counties of the Eastern Region, Inspired Change was delighted to bring home an award recognising their project, Engaging Enterprise in Education. The project, organised in partnership with City College Norwich, has worked in 7 schools across Norfolk and Suffolk this school year, involving over a thousand students and one hundred local business professionals in enterprise days for the students.
“The regional BITC award comes at a great time for our project,” says Robert Whitwood, Managing Director of Inspired Change. “This week sees our final enterprise day delivery for the school year, and plans are well underway to repeat the project after the summer as well. We couldn’t have won this award without the fantastic support of the businesses that have taken part, as well as the partnerships with City College Norwich and the schools that have been involved.”
Mike Brophy, Business in the Community’s Regional Director added: “I offer my warmest congratulations to Inspired Change for their Most Innovative New Programme Award. The Enterprise Days not only help to develop the skills of the students but bring businesses together to work collaboratively to support enterprise in education."
In addition to regional success, Inspired Change has been shortlisted in the BITC National Awards for Excellence, which will be announced at a ceremony in London at the end of the month attended by HRH The Prince of Wales. The shortlist for the national Bank of America Merrill Lynch Education Award includes multi-national and national corporations such as Coca Cola and Morrison’s supermarket.
Inspired Change has involved a broad range of Norfolk businesses in the project, building links between local and regional employers and the next generation coming up through local schools.
“BITC recognition will help us as we plan the next stage of the Engaging Enterprise in Education project, reaching out to more schools and involving more businesses in the 2012/13 school year.” says Robert Whitwood.
As part of BITC’s 30th anniversary the 2012 Awards for Excellence will challenge businesses to do more, make a bigger difference and place responsible business at the heart of how they plan for the long term.
For more information about Inspired Change, www.inspired-change.co.uk
For more information about Inspired Youth, www.inspired-youth.co.uk
For more information about BITC, www.bitc.org.uk
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