St Helens Chamber joins exclusive list of Queen’s Award winners
St Helens Chamber has been named amongst the best of British businesses, receiving a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, recognising their valuable contribution to promoting enterprise.
The annual Queen’s Awards recognise British firms that have excelled in exporting, social or environmental good works, or innovation. The Chamber was one of just six winners of the new Promoting Opportunity award, introduced for the first time this year.
St Helens Chamber works to promote enterprise opportunities for the St Helens community, through every part of the business.
Graham Worsley, Chairman of St Helens Chamber, commented: “We are thoroughly delighted to have received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise and have the work we do to improve the St Helens economy recognised at the very highest level.
“Everything we do at the Chamber is about supporting people to achieve their maximum potential, whether it is supporting local entrepreneurs to start or grow businesses, providing people with valuable skills and qualifications, supporting young adults into their first job, or encouraging children to aim higher when they leave school.”
The Chamber offers a range of services to support businesses, helping them to grow, strengthen the local economy and create employment opportunities. The Merseyside Jobs and Growth Fund, which was managed by St Helens Chamber, enabled 102 Merseyside firms to expand, between them creating 649 new jobs for local people, including many apprenticeships.
St Helens Chamber has been helping businesses start in St Helens and the surrounding areas for many years, and has seen thousands of new businesses get off the ground and flourish. Its ‘Be your own Boss’ campaign works to promote the opportunities of self-employment and support the creation of sustainable businesses.
St Helens Chamber has also developed a highly effective traineeship programme for 16-24 year olds, to help local young people at the beginning of their careers to be prepared and ready for work. Last year it was rated as outstanding by Ofsted for Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare in recognition of this approach.
Through its work in local schools, the Chamber raises career aspirations and enterprise awareness in local children. St Helens Chamber also co-ordinates the national Your Future Careers Fairs project, which last year gave 44,500 young people the opportunity to speak directly to experts in a wide variety of vocational and professional areas, a project which helped to see it named Chamber of the Year for the third time in 2016.
Graham Worsley adds: “Our strength as an organisation has always been that we recognise the important roles that all parts of the community play in contributing to our local economy. By delivering programmes that encourage enterprise we help improve the economic success of St Helens businesses and people.”
Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, comments: "St Helens Chamber is a truly worthy recipient of this award, which recognises their commitment to promoting social mobility and growth.
"The Chamber provides practical support and expertise to encourage people of all ages to take advantage of the opportunities available to them, and to fulfil their career aspirations. They are a shining example of the work Chambers of Commerce do with the civic businesses in their communities to help the local area grow and succeed."