2016 National Enterprise Network Awards winners announced

Enterprise support excellence recognised in unique awards programme

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

We, at WSX Enterprise, were in the Unsung Hero of the Year award, sponsored by Cobweb Information, which recognised individual staff members who are not necessarily in the limelight, but whose contribution is crucial in meeting the needs of the business and its clients.  This was for the work done within the community at our Aldershot Enterprise Centre.

Lorna was nominated by colleague Peter Grant. She is Manager of the Aldershot Community Enterprise Centre; a start up centre that’s purpose is to integrate military and civilian communities in North East Hampshire, and create new entrepreneurs in the local economy.

This partnership over the last two years has generated over 60 new jobs and 35 new enterprises. From a standing start, Lorna organised contractors, suppliers, new prospective tenants and recruited a small team of Army wives and dependants who run the centre day to day on behalf of WSX Enterprise. Thanks to her diligence, infectious personality, ability to work with customers at all levels and exceptional organisational skills, Laura has built the centre into the success it is today.

She is also currently shortlisted for an Inspire Award, in light of the initiative working with its local communities.

We are very pleased, and proud, to say that Lorna Oldham was announced as this year’s winner!

NEN Award Winners

It was great event and was a pleasure to be able to share the day with so many enthusiastic and generous enterprises from around the country. The National Enterprise Network does a great job of representing and promoting  the enterprise support sector across England.

The other Enterprise winners were:

Client Engagement of the Year: Yorkshire in Business (previously known as Yorkshire Coast Enterprise) 

Community/Stakeholder Engagement of the Year award: South Durham Enterprise

Enterprise Team of the Year: Business Enterprise Fund 

Unsung Hero of the Year award: Lorna Oldham from WSX Enterprise

Future of Enterprise Support Award (under £750k turnover): to Airedale Enterprise

Future of Enterprise Support Award (over £750k turnover): Menta

Enterprise Support Organisation of the Year (under £750k turnover): Start Up Croydon

Enterprise Support Organisation of the Year (over £750k turnover): PNE Group