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18th March, 2015
As the National Enterprise Network, the unique membership body who represents those working in the enterprise support sector across England, we know that working in the enterprise support sector isn’t just a job, it’s a vocation. The sector has a tendency to capture people’s hearts. There is a commitment to encouraging people and supporting small businesses across the county.
With the belief that our members are crucial to England’s economic growth, the National Enterprise Network will support their work by representing their interests and by promoting the results they achieve, thereby connecting them with opportunities for even greater success.
We acknowledge that the enterprise support sector requires real dedication from those involved, together with a strong desire to impact upon the lives of the individuals and businesses they support. Enterprise support professionals really do love what they do – they believe in enterprise, are passionate about entrepreneurship, and are clear on the value of business support. As independent, not for profit organisations, they are proud to maintain a strong social ethos – a belief embedded to the core.
It wasn’t a surprise, therefore, to receive the news that two of the enterprise support organisations in our membership were ranked as the UK’s best employers in this year’s Sunday Times ‘100 Best Not-for-Profit Companies’ awards.
Nwes and Business West are both long standing agencies, NEN Quality Assured Members, and partners in the Cavendish Consortium. Their services include business support, advice and training, and they both offer premises on easy term agreements for businesses in their regions.
The two organisations were announced alongside all other winners at a ceremony in London in February this year. Nwes in Norwich was ranked 17th in the Top 100 Not-for-Profit Best Companies to Work For in the UK, and also received the Comic Relief Special Award for ‘Giving Something Back’ to the community. Business West in Bristol was ranked 80th – coming in the top three for the South West region specifically.
Candidates were judged on a number of criteria including employees’ views on the company’s leadership; their manager and team; their personal growth opportunities; giving back to society and the local community; and pay and benefits.
There is an overall focus on those companies which invest in the wellbeing and motivation of their employees, and we are delighted that two of our members have been recognised in this way. Enterprise support professionals are driven to help their clients and work hard together as a team, often in challenging circumstances, in order to do so.
We appreciate how unique our network is and the importance of the role our members have in their communities, and are delighted that the sector has been recognised in these national awards.
Our wholehearted congratulations to Nwes and Business West!
Posted by Dawn Whiteley, Chief Executive, National Enterprise Network
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