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Entrepreneur of the Year Award is taken with a boost of n-ergy
Starting a new business at the beginning of the recession is certainly not for the faint hearted. One entrepreneur from South Wales welcomed the challenges ahead.
Established in 2007, the group was formed with a £50,000 overdraft loan. The monies were raised to help rehabilitate offenders and ex-offenders to develop their skills through training, in order to get them back into the working environment.
Donna, the driving force behind the business, could see more opportunities and snatched them with both hands, making this group into a three division consortium.
On the same theme of helping offenders and ex-offenders, a social enterprise division, n-ergy works was born in April 2011, offering employment to one of the hardest to reach groups. It employs suitable ex-offenders returning or relocating to their community areas. The n-ergy works division has secured contracts with the private and public sector, to remove graffiti and chewing gum from buildings and streets.
Over the past 5 years, the consortium has more than trebled its turnover through organic growth. The head office is based in Bridgend, with a team of 52 employees it allows the company to offer high-quality training programmes to offenders in Wales and England.
Donna Turner-Kot, managing director said “I am greatly honoured with this Entrepreneur of the Year Award. I wish to thank the judges for acknowledging my success and professional qualities.
‘These are exciting times for n-ergy, our passion and commitment to reduce
re-offending will only go from strength to strength, rebuilding the lives of individuals throughout the UK and making a difference is what counts.”