We were delighted to have been nominated for the Business and Enterprise Award at the Community Inspiration Awards in Birmingham on Friday 6th July. The awards are organised by Community Foundation to recognise positive contributions made to local communities. In total there were over 400 nominations for all the awards and we were short-listed to the final 5 in our category. It was a great evening to recognise the impact the nominees have in their communities. Mike Brickliffe, Operations Manager, said “Everyone at Argonaut Community Enterprises is very proud to have reached the final five in the shortlist for this award. We would like to send our congratulations to the winners, Spice Leaf and runners-up Paul Street. We would like to thank Alphavance Creative for nominating us and look forward to continuing our hard work to deliver an excellent service which benefits society.”
Four further staff will be taking the test in 2018. This will increase the number of CSCS holders giving Argonaut Community Enterprises greater flexibility in allocating staff to construction sites across the Midlands.
Michael Brickliffe, Operation Manager said “Attaining the CSCS certificate is a great achievement for our staff. It demonstrates that we are committed to health and safety and that we are a genuine and trustworthy company who can provide appropriately trained staff to go on-site.”
Argonaut Community Enterprises were delighted to celebrate their seventh year of operations in September. This achievement was made more significant by the fact that it is the largest social enterprise employer of deaf and disabled people engaged in soft facilities management. This helps in a small way in reducing the 56% joblessness amongst disabled people, against 4.6% nationally.
It has been a challenging year in securing new contracts, but Argonaut Community Enterprises has been extending its operations in Coventry and the Black Country, based on its performance with current contracts. Much effort has been made to secure new contracts, but major companies appear slow to grasp the social value of incorporating Corporate Social Responsibility in their supply chains. However, Argonaut Community Enterprises looks forward to extending and consolidating its presence with current contractors.
Argonaut Community Enterprises has seen three people leave the company to pastures new. Four people have joined, three to the Operations Team, and one as a Communicator for the Operations Manager. Some of the newer members of the Operations Team are being coached in readiness for the CSCS test in the next few months. This will allow them to work within construction sites in portakabins and new build cleaning.
Financially Argonaut Community Enterprises has seen a slow, but sure growth in its turnover through the year. One major expenditure has been towards replacing costly equipment and vehicles. Argonaut Community Enterprises thanks the People’s Lottery for the purchase of a large towing trailer, which reduces the need to make frequent trips to offload garden and general waste.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, the Managing Director wishes to express their gratitude to the staff for the sterling work over the year in all spheres of operations. The Board also applaud the stewardship of the Operations Manager for managing the logistics of the cleaning and gardening contracts, communications with clients and keeping an eye on the finances. He has been ably supported by two Outreach officers who have kept up smooth financial control and website maintenance.
Over the festive period the office will close at noon on 22nd December 2017 and will open on 2nd January 2018.
Wishing all our customers a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.
We’re all looking forward to more successes over the final two months of 2017.
We would love the opportunity to expand our working relationships in the commercial sector, so if you would like to find out more about our services please contact us on 0121 753 5673.”
Argonaut Community Enterprises celebrated it’s 7th birthday on 10th September having been founded as a social enterprise by a group of entrepreneurial deaf people. The members of the group have long acknowledged from decades of experience how difficult it is for deaf people to get a job. Argonaut Community Enterprises was set up to help deaf people into work by providing training and employment in cleaning, gardening, painting and decorating amongst other allied work.
Over seven years the number of deaf employees have grown to a 15-strong team of very capable, loyal and willing workers. Some have moved on to other employment but most have stayed.
Argonaut Community Enterprises is part of the supply chain to a number of companies such as Wates, Torsion Group, Aspire Housing, Balfour Beatty as well as social enterprises. Argonaut Community Enterprises looks forward to securing more contracts and employing more deaf and disabled people, and people who wish to work in this field.
It’s been a spectacular summer, we’ve been so busy in all areas of work. We’ve been full-on with painting and decorating, cleaning roofs, gardening and cleaning.
Please see the before and after photos of our work, have a look on instagram @argo_photos
Tony Winstanley of Argonaut Community Enterprises said, “We’ve had a superb summer, it’s been fantastic to have had such a busy diary. We’re looking forward to keeping up the good work going into the Autumn when we’ll be busy with:-
- Leaf clearance and disposal
- Tree and shrub pruning
- Clearing gutters (up to one storey)
- Patio and path jet washing
- All types of fencing work
If you would like to find out more about our services please contact us on 0121 753 5673. If the service you require isn’t listed above, please call us as we may be able to do what you need.”
Michael Brickliffe Operations Manager of Argonaut Community Enterprises said, “We’re delighted to be working with Balfour Beatty, Torsion and Wates, together we are making a very positive difference for people in the West Midlands.
Spring is coming. If you would like us to come and tidy your garden, please click the link below or call us on 0121 753 5673 for a free quote.
Let us do the cleaning. We cover domestic and commercial cleaning. Please click the link below or call us on 0121 753 5673 for a free quote.
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