HAVERING College has won a business award recognising its commitment to working with the community.
The college in Hornchurch, Greater London, was awarded 'Best Business in the Community' at the annual Havering Business Awards.
The ceremony was hosted by impersonator Dean Taylor at the Thames Chase Community Forest Centre in Pike Lane, Upminster, on Friday, 3rd October.
The award is presented annually to the organisation which demonstrates the highest level of commitment and service to the community, and this year it went to the college in recognition for the work staff and students do to enhance the lives of the people of Havering.
Sally MacPherson - Assistant Principal, Faculty of Enterprise – said: "There are hundreds of examples of where our staff and students go the extra mile in giving back to the community, and much of it goes unrecognised, so we were proud to accept this award and dedicate it to those students and staff members at all three Havering College campuses who do so much without expectation of anything but the satisfaction of being able to help."
The award-winning entry highlighted the college's numerous community projects which include:
- Community performances in West End theatres
- Construction projects undertaken for pre-schools, schools, sports clubs and charities
- A Saturday Engineering Club for budding engineers
- Fundraising for St Francis Hospice
- A gardening and gift making enterprise whereby Foundation Skills students and staff sell items to the public
Havering Chamber of Commerce chairman Barry Hicks voiced his congratulations by saying: "I know the hard work and effort Havering College have put in during the last year to deservedly win this award."
The college participated in the Business Awards in a number of other ways.
The trophies were designed by Havering College student Danielle Browne.
The 23-year-old from Gidea Park, who is who is studying for a BA (Honours) in 3D Design Craft, said: "My family and friends are proud and pleased that I've been provided the opportunity to put into practise what I'm learning. The most challenging aspect of all designs is trial and error of making whilst maintaining true to the original design but it's also a good time to learn and perfect your skills. It was amazing to see the winners clutching my design so proudly on the night."
The college is the training provider for TIME FM apprentice Mischa Doran, 35, from Romford, who interviewed the winners.
Professional singer Carly Hipson, 26, from Romford, who performed at the ceremony is a former Performing Arts student.
The college has supported the Havering Business Awards from the start, in this the tenth year as the sponsor of the Apprentice of the Year category which was won by Taylor Morgan from Doggie Delights.