In the early years of Brightkidz we entered, or were entered for, several awards and were pleased with our success. As a new business, entering awards can help with focus and winning can help even more... not just with prizes but with the publicity it can generate. Now we are more established we are actually sponsoring awards... and still entering the occasional one ourselves.
- Barclays/handbag.com Business Plan Awards, 2004, 'Community' category winner
- Pride in Northamptonshire Award, 2005 'Transforming Our Environment' winner
- HSBC Start Up Stars Awards, 2005 'shortlisted'
- HSBC Start Up Stars Awards, 2006, Midlands regional winner
- Impact Road Safety Award, 2006, awarded by Northamptonshire Casualty Reduction partnership
- Triodos/eve magazine Women in Ethical Business Awards, 2007, shortlisted finalist
- Social Vision calendar, 2010, 'January' photo winner (R Rathbone/Awards for All)
Barclays/Handbag.com Business Plan Awards
2004, 'Community' category winner
We were very excited to have our business plan shortlisted for this national award and to be invited to the awards ceremony in London. The awards were organised by the team at handbag.com - one of the first online lifestyle magazines and websites in the UK and sponsored by Barclays Bank. Entering this award was a good discipline as it gave us a deadline for polishing our business plan!
After fitting in a quick trip to see Fortnum and Mason's Christmas display, we headed for the ceremony where we were surprised and thrilled to learn we had won the Community category winner. As well as the prizes and trophy, we also received good press coverage of our new business.
Pride in Northamptonshire Award
2005 'Transforming Our Environment' Winner
The inspiration behind Brightkidz came when we set up a walking bus scheme at the local school. Through this we met Northamptonshire County Council's School Travel team and partnered with them to help other schools get started with their own walking buses. We subsequently set up Brightkidz and continued to support road safety and walk to school initiatives and events in the county.
The School Travel team nominated Alison from Brightkidz for this award. We attended an evening reception at the fabulous Wicksteed Park and were thrilled to be announced overall winner of the category. The award was presented by Olympic champion Sally Gunnell and Jane Sheldon from category sponsors Mawsley Machinery.
HSBC Start Up Stars Awards
2005 'shortlisted' and 2006 Midlands regional winner
The national HSBC Startup Stars awards were designed to 'seek out the most promising businesses in the UK and to recognise the entrepreneurial talents behind their creation'. So we were very pleased to be shortlisted and the following year announced a regional winner. (Certificate shows our legal company name Safe Kids Walking.)
Another chance for a jolly... and this time we were off to Sutton Coldfield for the regional awards presentation and a chance to meet the judges and other contestants.
Impact Road Safety Award
2007, awarded by Northamptonshire Casualty Reduction Partnership
Our 'Be Bright Northants' project involved going out to local primary schools and youth organisations to teach about how to be safe and seen using creative activities. We received funding from the Casualty Reduction Partnership as well as Awards for All lottery funding to support this project.
We were pleased to be presented with the Impact Road Safety award for our work on the project as well as the work we had done supporting the local Junior Road Safety Officer launch events. Another night out! This time at Towcester Race Course.
Triodos/Eve Magazine Women in Ethical Business Awards
2007, Shortlisted Finalist
This award was Ab Fab - literally (all will be explained). The Women in Ethical Business Awards were sponsored by Triodos Bank and Eve magazine as a way of supporting and promoting women's success in ethical business.
Along with other shortlisted finalists Alison from Brightkidz was invited to a PR training session run by Lynne Franks as part of the prize. Lynne Franks is a long-time friend of Jennifer Saunders and said to be the inspiration behind the eccentric character Edina in TV sit-com Absolutely Fabulous... so an interesting person to meet. She obviously knew a lot more about PR than Edina though!
Social Vision Competition
2010 - Social Enterprise UK
We entered this photograph of children on a local walking bus for the Social Vision calendar competition. This competition was organised by Social Enterprise UK and was a way of highlighting the work of social enterprises in a visual way.
We made it to the final twelve and was used as the 'January' shot. This photoshoot was originally commissioned by Awards for All lottery funding for an article profiling our Be Bright Northants project (which they helped fund). We felt it represented what we do in a very eye-catching way. Photographer was Robert Rathbone who kindly allowed us to use this and other images.
Awards Sponsored By Brightkidz
Each November Brightkidz sponsors a category of the Modeshift National Sustainable Travel Awards. These Annual Awards are designed to recognise and reward Modeshift Members for schemes, projects or other activities that support and encourage sustainable travel, by highlighting best practice, showing innovation and being inspirational.
Best Sustainable Travel Initiative - Education
2016, Sponsored by Brightkidz
- Winner: Walk your way to a happier life, Transport for London. Picture shows award being presented by Lance, Brightkidz.
- Runner up: Bikelife Suffolk, Suffolk County Council
- Runner up: Scootsure, London Borough of Bromley
Best Sustainable Travel Initiative - Education Provider
2015, Sponsored by Brightkidz
- Winner: Slow Down in Town, Hampshire County Council. Photo shows award being presented to Kirstie Green by Alison, Brightkidz.
- Runner up: On the Move, Solihull MBC Safe and Active Travel Team
- Runner up: Go Green Drayton Green, London Borough of Ealing
Sustainable Travel Award - Education
2014, Sponsored by Brightkidz
- Winner: Walkshire Yorkshire, West Yorkshire Combined Authority and five Yorkshire District Councils. Picture shows award being presented by Alison, Brightkidz.
- Runner up: Wheels 'n' Walk By Crikey, By Cycle, Newbold Community School ECO Committee
- Runner up: Safer Travel Moodle, Lancashire County Council