The end of September brought a double celebration for Northampton-based logistics company Goodwill Solutions. The company is as well known locally for its warehouse and storage operation as for its work in the community to support local people on their routes to employment.
In the past week they have secured a major new contract with sustainable distribution specialists BAKRO INTERNATIONAL who are based in three locations in the UK plus another in The Netherlands. Goodwill Solutions will be storing 6,000 pallets plus fulfilment, a fantastic piece of new business for the Northamptonshire company.
To cap off the great news for Goodwill, they carried off the award for Community Business of the Year at the Northants SME Awards, in a hard fought category they were recognised by judges as ‘A strong application that shows what successful businesses can and should be doing to give back’. The award highlighted the social impact value over the past year as part of the three year Building Better Opportunities Programme which is jointly funded by the National Lottery Community Fund & European Social Fund.
Over the term of the project over 164 job outcomes were delivered as well as over 500 accredited passes in areas such as Logistics, SIA, Childcare, Construction & Track Maintenance were delivered.
Each year the University of Northampton Institute for Social Innovation & Impact evaluates the work completed by Goodwill Solutions and it’s partners as part of the programme as well as it’s other work with the DWP Ex-Offenders Programme, Northampton Night shelter and Hemmingwell Community Centre in Wellingborough. They actually calculated that in the past 3 years Goodwill Solutions had provided over £8 million pounds of social impact within it’s local community.