WINGSPAN Community Works, a not-for-profit social enterprise in Chelmsford, recently won the ‘Best New Company’ category at the 2011 Mid-Essex Business Awards.
Wingspan – which provides ex-offenders and the long-term unemployed with employment opportunities and a steady wage which has helped 12 people find employment since March 2011 – was awarded a plaque at the awards reception held at Boreham House, in Chelmsford, Essex.
Established in January 2010, Wingspan’s first contract was with CHP.
Since its formation, Wingspan’s employees have completed 40 jobs - ranging from garden maintenance, tree surgery, minor building repairs, painting, decorating and ground clearance works - at CHP properties throughout Essex.
Tom Wolstenholme, Managing Director of Wingspan Community Works, added: “We are very proud that we won the award. While we never started the operation with the intent of winning awards, this is a significant development and a surprise bonus for us.
“If it had not been for CHP’s involvement and support this might not have been achieved. This mutual activity is truly bringing about positive and lasting social change which benefits society and the community.”