What's it like to win?

31 March 2015

Chiswick Park Enjoy-Work won the Enterprise and Employment Award in 2014. Gemma McNeilis, Head of Brand for the property management company, tells us what it’s like to be a winner.

“If we had to sum up winning the award in one word it would be pride – winning gave us cause to take stock and realise how far we had come and what we had achieved with our work experience programme,” said Gemma.

“We had originally thought that the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards were just for large companies in the square mile – it was great to see the diversity of companies represented, but even better for us as a small company to win our category against some of the largest companies in London!”

Chiswick Park Enjoy-Work was awarded for the Future Focus programme. They work with their tenants and Chiswick School to give students a vision for their future, clarify responsibilities associated with business, open their eyes to quality job opportunities, and help them realise that achieving goals takes commitment. To date the programme has helped over a thousand local people, with 203 gaining an accredited qualification. Feedback data indicates that programmes such as Future Focus contribute to high employee retention and attracting new tenants. Watch the video here.

The Lord Mayor's Dragon Awards recognise excellence in companies' Corporate Community Involvement that benefits Greater London. Eligible activities include charity partnerships, employee volunteering, employability initiatives and local purchasing.  Find out more and apply for this year's Lord Mayor's Dragon Awards here.

Chiswick Park Enjoy-Work with late Lord Mayor Fiona Woolf and their Dragon statuette