Northamptonshire based logistics company, Goodwill Solutions Community Interest Company (CIC) has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2020 - the UK’s highest accolade for business success. Now in it’s 54th year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the country, with winning businesses able to use the esteemed Queen’s Awards emblem for the next five years.
Goodwill Solutions has been recognised specifically for its excellence in Promoting Opportunity. This is awarded to companies for social mobility programmes that help people from disadvantaged backgrounds into successful working lives. The winners are chosen by the Queen, on the advice of the Prime Minister and are announced on the Queen’s 94th birthday, the 21st April 2020.
Employing 25 people Goodwill Solutions was setup in 2008 and is a warehousing and logistics provider to businesses of all kinds. From the outset, it was established to be a profitable commercial business that uses part of its profits to fund social impact programmes. This award recognises the hugely successful work the company has accomplished whilst running its business in the Northamptonshire community and how harnessing the power of a commercial business can affect social change.
With nearly 250,000 square feet of storage space and excellent connections to road and rail links, the company is able to service to a variety of local and national businesses, including larger clients such as Marks & Spencer, Travis Perkins and the Shop Direct Group.
Having run employment-based training programmes for many years, the company has a proven track record of providing a successful gateway into employment for disadvantaged people. In addition, through its Building Better Opportunities Programme (co-funded by the European Social Fund & National Lottery Community Fund), Goodwill Solutions is able to help even more people get people back on their feet.
The level of social impact Goodwill Solutions has been able to generate is a key reason for it being recognised by this award. Graham Tomkins, Joint Founder and CEO of Goodwill Solutions, comments: “Social change lies at the heart of our business model and is integral to the way we operate as a commercial logistics company. We are delighted to receive this Royal seal of approval.”
Graham continues, “When we started the business twelve years ago, we couldn’t have hoped to be recognised as an industry leader by her Majesty the Queen. Winning this award highlights all the hard work we have put in, continuously striving to develop our ‘for-benefits’ business model and meet our customers’ needs. Since our inception The University of Northampton have calculated that we have contributed £15m of social impact to our local community and helped to change thousands of peoples’ lives for the better”.
Steve Morgan, Managing Director, praises the company’s relationships with stakeholders, partners and supporters, which help its efforts to deliver real social change, “Our customers and all the institutions we work with understand how critical promoting opportunity can be in raising living standards for us all. All businesses need to consider how they contribute to the local community. [even more so in the current climate].”
For further information please contact Graham Tomkins, Joint Founder and Group CEO
on 01604 643185, firstname.lastname@example.org or visitwww.goodwillsolutions.co.uk.