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BREAKING! Team NSBRC win national business award for resilience

The National Self Build & Renovation Centre has won a national business award, recognising our achievements during the covid-19 pandemic.

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We have received the Employee Ownership Association’s award for ‘Business Resilience’ having been voted as the winner from a short list of thirteen companies.

Businesses of all sizes were invited to submit a written story about how their focus on their people has supported employee health and wellbeing, helped the business adapt and delivered benefit for multiple stakeholders.

Thousands of votes were cast by the EO Community for their favourites this summer, as part of an EO Stories competition, before the final winners were announced on 17th November during the EOA’s annual conference.

“We are delighted for NSBRC that their EO story of business resilience was voted for by their peers. It shows how the trust that has been built up in the business, by leveraging the strengths they have developed through being employee owned, supported them to quickly adapt and flex their offer - from being an exhibition venue almost totally reliant on in person activity to seeking out ways to offer customer value digitally. The willingness of its employee owners to take on significantly different roles to support the business through this period has clearly resonated those who have voted – we wish the team well with all future opportunities this creates.”

Deb Oxley OBE, Chief Executive of the EOA
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“As soon as the Prime Minister instructed the nation to ‘stay at home’, we realised the pandemic would have a fundamental impact on our business. It left us with some daunting questions to answer. How could we run a national visitor centre with no visitors(!) and how to do that from our own kitchens or hastily made home-offices?!

“We had previously taken on the business following a period of adversity, and have made a great success of things in recent years, so I was confident that we would be able to overcome the challenge of the pandemic. What I perhaps under-estimated, was the sheer energy, tenacity and passion that my colleagues displayed to ensure that not only did we survive, but indeed thrived, and we now have new products and an enhanced offering for our visitors and exhibitors. I am absolutely thrilled, on behalf of all the team, to win this award and it is particularly special as it was voted on by our peers”

Harvey Fremlin, NSBRC Managing Director

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