A University of Northampton partner which provides work programmes for disabled people, ex-offenders and the long-term unemployed, has been recognised as one of Europe’s fastest-growing business in the FT1000 list which was published today.
Goodwill Solutions Community Interest Company (CIC), in Northampton, supplies warehouse services to UK and internationally based businesses.
During the last four years it has supported more than 400 clients through its programmes, resulting in more than 300 gaining paid employment. In 2012, the University joined the business as a stakeholder due to a shared ethos of creating a positive impact on society.
This has created a social impact value in excess of £6 million in that time. The company also runs various commercial ventures.
The FT1000 list is a special report on the fastest growing companies in Europe, described by the Financial Times as “the driving force of the European economy in the 21st century. They generate jobs and sustain Europe’s competitiveness.”
Mike Britton, founder of Goodwill Solutions CIC, said: “I am delighted that Goodwill Solutions CIC has been recognised through this award. It is really unexpected and I would like to thank our customers, the University of Northampton, the judges, and our service users for helping us to achieve recognition for our innovative social business.”
Goodwill Solutions CIC adopted Hemmingwell Community and Skills Centre in 2016 and manages the centre which brings education, training and social activities to the Rixon ward in Wellingborough. It has also supported Northampton Borough Council in the opening of a new night shelter launched to end the need for rough sleeping in the town.