Lincoln youth development enterprise secures £10k in prize money after winning national award

A Lincoln-based youth development organisation has won £10,000 in prize money after being recognised as one of the country’s leading social enterprises.

The EBP, which works to improve the skills of young people through development and employment programmes, won the Growth Champion Award in the 2015 NatWest SE100 Awards on October 19.

The NatWest SE100 Index is an online listing of social ventures, ranked and scored according to their growth and social impact.

Each year the NatWest SE100 Awards recognise social enterprises on the index who have demonstrated some of the best business practice within the sector.

The Growth Champion Award is given to a social venture on the Index who has experienced positive, financial growth from one year to the next.

The panel also look for a winner with diverse income streams and a sustainable business model.

Elaine Lilley, chief executive of The EBP, which works with those aged between five and 25, said: “I am absolutely delighted to accept The Growth Champion Award, which recognises the hard work of the whole team at The EBP and the input of our partners, who are instrumental in helping us to deliver exciting enrichment programmes to young people.

“The EBP’s growth is attributable to the efforts of all of its staff, whether they deliver activity days, work experience placements, careers guidance or citizenship programmes.

“We will use the additional funding of £10,000 to develop and pilot new initiatives to help young people achieve great things in education and become responsible citizens, and to improve their employability prospects.”

Marcelino Castrillo, Managing Director Business Banking, NatWest, said: “I want to congratulate all this year’s winners, not just on their success in the awards, but on the profound social impact that they are having on our society.”