I’ve just spent the most inspiring morning at Virgin Media Business VOOM 2018 Awards. I did not envy the VOOM judges - all of the six pitches were incredible. I’ll leave it to dad to tell you how difficult the final decision on the winners was! What I will say is that every business that pitched was a purpose-driven business. As Richard Reed summed up beautifully: “Today, it has been incredible to to see that all the businesses are NET-Positive not NET-Negative.”
Last week, I and some colleagues met the four wonderful organisations short-listed for the Virgin Unite Impact Award: Jotty’s Workshop, The Nifties Group, Organic Blooms and Blu Health Co - so I know just how difficult it is when you are pitched by fantastic businesses. All four in my judging category were truly inspiring.
I would like to give a special mention to the first runner up though - a company using technology to improve the lives of people with mental health issues through an innovative but simple monitor and hand-held trigger system. Although they didn't win, I hope we can work with them in other ways - and they are: Blu Health Company.
But as the saying goes: “There can be only one!” So on to the winner...
They were a company who extremely impressed us judges - they have literally thought through the purpose and sustainability of every angle of their business - from their supply chain, to their growth model and staff experience. Plus they are already making real impact - both in society, by providing training for people with learning difficulties and mental health support needs, qualifications, paid jobs and community interaction - plus environmentally, by shining a light on important but often-ignored challenges in the cut-flower industry. They are the only certified organic flower grower/florist in the UK. Plus their products are absolutely stunning!
The winner of the Virgin Unite Impact Award 2018 is ‘Organic Blooms’. It was such a joy to present Joanna Wright with the Virgin Unite Impact Award 2018!