Goodwill Solutions Wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise
Written by Chris Harris on April 30, 2020
A 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
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.
As a Community Interest Company, Goodwill Solutions was created to help its local community through the creation of various projects and schemes designed to improve social welfare. The company is able to drive social change by using the commercial revenue generated from its best-in-class logistics and warehousing business, into funding numerous community welfare projects and schemes.
As well as successfully providing a gateway back to employment for hundreds of disadvantaged people undertaking their ‘back to work’ courses and National Lottery Building Better Opportunities programme,
the company also hosts the Northamptonshire Police early crime intervention unit, working to prevent offending behaviour.
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, “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.”
Goodwill Solutions will celebrate its award during a royal reception for Queen’s Awards winners in the summer.