Every year at the Shaping Portsmouth Conference, we present awards to businesses, organisations and individuals for their work within the city. Each of the Shaping Programmes has its own award, and the winners are nominated and chosen by the programme members.
Kindly sponsored by the Southern Co-Operative and presented by the Lord Mayor, Cllr David Fuller.
Business & Enterprise
Mick Collins started Chocablock from the upstairs room of an Albert Road hairdressers in April 2014. It instantly became clear that chocolate and hairdressers did not work, so a month later opened his first shop in Copner Road. A steep learning curve followed, whereby the addition of coffee, cake and light lunches were added to the menu.
The big break came from the Royal Martitime Club when he was hired to provide his chocolates for their events. This led to a new market, which has been developed into a sustainable area in its own right.
Three years later, Mick has four staff helping him, uses the café, which is fully licensed, to host evening events and has developed the corporate arm, which now includes multinational clients, including some based in Belgium.
Urban Vocal Group
The Urban Vocal Group was formed in Havant in 2008 to provide free access to vocal tuition and performance opportunities for young people aged 11 – 18 in disadvantaged areas of Portsmouth and Havant. They specialise in group vocals, composition, performance and recording, and deliver free weekly sessions and training opportunities regardless of ability or experience. Since forming, over 380 young people have been actively involved with the UVG resulting in over 13,000 attendances to 690 sessions. They currently have an average of 75 young people attending weekly projects in Havant and Portsmouth. The group has performed at over 80 events across the South including at Victorious Festival, Portsmouth Guildhall, Kings Theatre, New Theatre Royal and The House of Commons and have released 7 original compositions via their own record label.
What UVG does not only encourages excellent music making, but also builds confidence and raises aspiration, enabling young people to make positive life choices. Evidence suggests that participation in UVG activities has had beneficial effects on young peoples’ employment or education prospects. In a recent survey of 50 past and present UVG members aged 16+, none of them at all were in the NEET (Not Education Employment Training) category.
Destination Marketing Partnership
TeamOrigin are the Events team who ran the 2015 and 2016 Portsmouth events for the America’s Cup World Series. The recently published economic impact survey by KPMG shows that these two events have had a substantial impact on the local economy here in Portsmouth, with a total to-date gross value generated in the City of 13 and a half million pounds. There have been positive impacts to employment, with nearly 200 full time equivalent job places, and over 600 volunteers at the two events. The international profile of Portsmouth has also benefitted greatly, with the total media spend covering the events approaching £40m, and images of our City being broadcast worldwide.
Deniz Beck has worked as Architect on all the Solent sea fortifications; No Mans Land, St Helens, Horse Sand and Spitbank Forts, where Spitbank Fort is now part of Clarenco’s “Amazing Retreats” portfolio and in 2013 was awarded with two trophies: the RIBA Conservation and Regional Awards. It was also presented with the Best Renovation award by the Portsmouth Society in the same year.
The Hotwalls Studios were completed last July and that is being submitted to this year’s awards. This most loved area of the city with the Scheduled Ancient Monument needed a particularly sensitive approach. Deniz admits it was one of the most difficult projects she had ever worked on, becoming an emotional roller-coaster, with the local residents polarised by the project into pro- and anti- camps during the public consultation process. However, many of those same anti residents came later said how pleased they were with the result after seeing the finished project.
The Royal Navy have shown leadership and commitment in helping to sustain future capabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. They have done this by being one of the principal sponsors involved in the development of the City’s first University Technical College, and with their enduring support for wider strategies developing the engineers of tomorrow.
Marie Clarke School of Dance
The Marie Clarke School of Dance is a well-established, Portsmouth based dance school. Their pupils have represented the England Team at the Dance World Cup, winning many medals including Gold Medals in the Junior Quartet, Junior Duet, and Senior Group Tap Dances in 2015. The School also supports and runs a number of local shows and events throughout the year.
The Recycled Assets Company
The Recycled Assets Company is a Hampshire based environmental social enterprise founded with the key goals of relocating, storing and clearing companies’ assets in a way that protects the environment and supports disadvantaged people back into meaningful work. In 2016, TRACO has recycled 204 tonnes of wood, 70 tonnes of paper, and 78 tonnes of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Much of the furniture and equipment they acquire ends up being donated to charities and worthy causes, including Sue Ryder, The Rainbow Centre, and Stella’s Voice. With a 50% increase in paid staff, and 5 new apprenticeships, TRACO are also working to support unemployment, and have seen an increase in the number of work placements for the long-term unemployed in support of the Solent Jobs Initiative. They have also invested 125 thousand in staff training and development.
Kindly sponsored by the Southern Co-Operative and presented by the Lord Mayor, Cllr Frank Jonas.
Business & Enterprise
Toucan Diversity is a non-profit organisation that provides equality training with a focus on disability, in order to promote social inclusion for the most disadvantaged groups in our society. Toucan Diversity officially started trading in November 2014 and have secured funding from the Big Lottery in January 2015. They have been running Disability Equality training events in London, Richmond and Portsmouth. All trainers are, or are working towards becoming accredited and all they have direct experience of the issues they discuss.
Love Southsea is a Portsmouth-based events movement, dedicated to hosting some of the city’s best days out, and specialising in markets, both standalone and as elements of larger events. Love Southsea was founded in 2008 with the intention of giving local traders and creators opportunities to sell their wares, providing more things for locals and tourists to do, and ultimately giving prospective visitors another reason to come to Portsmouth.
Bathsheba Piepe has had great success since first training at the Groundlings Theatre in Portsmouth. She has toured nationally not only with Groundlings Theatre but also has appeared on the West End in several lead roles which she has had five star reviews and much acclaim both from critics and public alike. She has managed to secure one of the UKs top agents who represent the cream of the acting world. She has continued to champion the arts in the city and beyond.
The award was accepted on Bathsheba's behalf by Richard Stride from Groundlings Theatre.
The Olesker Family
Anna has been a stalwart of Community engagement projects for many years, including the Dot to Dot project in Paulsgrove and more recently, Fratton Big Local and Top Banana Circus. Stuart worked at Portsmouth University, has co-written a number of plays featuring local stories and personalities, working alongside local professional actors to produce the plays. Their sons also work in the arts. Leo works in the film industry, performs as a rapper in London and is working on his debut album. Max has previously been nominated for the top Edinburgh Comedy Award, appeared at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, as an actor appearing in the BBC's self-satire W1A with Hugh Bonneville with comedy partner Ivan. Together they have had a whole series featuring them aired on Radio 4. Huw Olesker has been touring with DJ Yoda's Breakfast of Champions, appearing at almost all of the UK's top festivals this summer, including a main stage appearance at Bestival this year."
Destination Marketing Partnership
The Square Tower
The Square Tower is a beautiful Tudor tower right on the waterfront in Old Portsmouth. Since Steve and Julia Hender took over the Square Tower in 2011 the number of weddings has risen fivefold, making it the most popular venue of civil wedding ceremonies on the South Coast. This brings huge amount of inward investment to Portsmouth. In addition to weddings, they host many public events such as plays, gigs, fairs, as well as private events for 100s of companies and individuals from banquets to funerals, and product launches to film shoots, all helping to contribute to the Destination Offering of Portsmouth.
Victorious Festival is the two day family-friendly music festival a stone’s throw from Southsea Seafront, and has continued to grow with a staggering capacity of 60,000 people per day in 2015. Combining international music headliners with local acts, traders & Southsea’s own Seafront attractions has created the perfect blend of Portsmouth pride in the local community and made visiting the area on Victorious weekend a firm calendar commitment for many in and around the South Coast. Victorious Festival is making waves further afield too and becoming recognised for re-defining the festival scene by creating an affordable, value-for-money festival that caters for all ages. Festival go-ers have shown support by voting in their thousands to confirm that Victorious Festival is now short listed for ‘Best Major Festival’ and ‘Best Family Festival’ amongst industry heavy weights, Glastonbury and Isle Of Wight Festival.
New Theatre Royal
The challenges faced by the Theatre Royal to extend and refurbish this wonderful building are plain for all to see. What is not so easy to see is the many years of planning, fund raising and teamwork involved for such a massive undertaking. This project demonstrates the best qualities of a development of its kind and all the team should be congratulated.
Industrial buildings in city centres are often disregarded for refurbishment and are instead swept away without much thought, but when someone has the vision to change the use and refurbish, sometimes the results can be surprising and delightful. Such is the case with garage Lounge. The interior is an eclectic mix of old style shop, warehouse and workshop all rolled into one and a wonderful addition to the facility and street scene of the area.
Mary Rose Trust Education team
The Mary Rose Education Department is a very busy one, offering learning opportunities for all ages and abilities, in the purpose built Stavros Niarchos foundation learning centre, classroom, and laboratory. They organise school visits, CPD for teachers, family learning, and community outreach.
The team at Snows BMW have been helping with the Education Workstream’s School Visits projects, visiting school children for informational and educational sessions looking at showing them a bit about the world of work.
Future Generations Workstream
Jerry Williams is a 19yr old Singer-Songwriter from Portsmouth, who draws the inspiration for her lyrics from her life growing up in the City. Following the theme of ‘Made it in Portsmouth’, Jerry Williams has shown that with commitment, hard work and determination achieving your dreams is possible. A true testament to the future generation of Portsmouth, we hope that Jerry’s success will help to inspire other young people to realise their own potential and unlock success.
The Lakeside Business Centre have continuously helped to develop and deliver unique and invaluable experience of the world of work. The strong relationship they have with their occupiers has enabled them to give young people an insight into the opportunities that exist after education, inspiring them to try and achieve future career opportunities and helping to raise overall aspirations.
Lily and Lime
Lily and Lime are being presented this award, as a relatively new and quickly expanding social enterprise providing work place learning and training for young people with Learning Disabilities. Anita started up the CIC after attending Hampshire School for Social Entrepreneurs. Their training programmes go from the allotment, through food production to service and selling. They started with pop-up cafes in Emsworth, and run a monthly night at a restaurant in Petersfield. On 1st September they look over the cafe space at Aspex Gallery on a 7-month residency, and are now running a training kitchen on the 3rd floor of Portsmouth Central Library.
The Girls Network
The Girls network is a good example of a social enterprise making social impact across the country which has scaled and been rolled out to Portsmouth. They work with schools and businesses enabling girls from disadvantaged backgrounds to reach their potential through mentoring guidance and support.
Since 1998, Motiv8 has been working to improve the life chances of young people to reduce the risk of offending, anti-social behaviour and disengagement from learning or employment. They deliver in partnership with schools to provide Group Programmes including accredited alternative learning and outdoor activities. They provide individual personalised support to help get young people into college or a job.
One of the most eminent training providers on the south coast, PETA provide high quality service and training through apprenticeships, including in the ICT, Business and Engineering sectors.
Kindly sponsored by the Southern Co-Operative and presented by the Lord Mayor, Cllr Steven Wylie
Business & Enterprise
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Destination Marketing Partnership
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Big Business Award: BAE Systems
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