CICCIC Director is Best of British Business with Queen’s Awards for Enterprise
Richard Holt, co-founder of the Creative Innovation Centre CIC (CICCIC) in Taunton, Somerset is one of the 5 winners of the prestigious Queen’s Awards in recognition of his contribution to enterprise and promotion.
Nominated by their peers for their efforts to encourage UK entrepreneurship, Richard Holt has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion. Their nominations showed that as well as being full-time entrepreneurs, they voluntarily pass their skills and experience on to others, get involved in enterprise education and inspire entrepreneurs of the future, and work to provide help and support to develop peoples business skills. Awardees can now look forward to a Royal Reception at Buckingham Palace.
Business and Energy Minister, Michael Fallon said:
“The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are one of the most internationally-recognised and sought after awards that a UK business can achieve. They give companies prestige, an edge overseas and a well deserved boost.”
“The Queen’s Awards highlight our strong entrepreneurial streak and the excellent businesses we have up and down the country who are growing, creating jobs, making a valuable contribution to the economy and helping us to compete in the global race. I applaud each and every one of the winners.”
Creative Innovation Centre in Taunton, Somerset is a non-profit community interest company offering a unique blend of creative community access and business enterprise training, and supports artists, designers and musicians, and exhibits paintings and sculptures. In just over two years this creative space has been used by 1000’s of community members and enabled many start-ups, SMEs and other businesses to take part in a range of enterprise-based training and workshop activities.
“It is an honour to receive this award for my work, Creative Innovation Centre and for Taunton and I cannot thank those enough who nominated and supported me for this award.” Said Richard Holt.
Winners of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are visited by a Royal representative and are presented with an engraved crystal bowl as a mark of their achievement. They are also invited to attend a reception at Buckingham Palace in July 2015.
Businesses are also able to use the Queen’s Award emblem in advertising, marketing and on packaging for 5 years.
Richard Holt concludes that “This is a great boost for putting Somerset and Taunton on the creative enterprise map and we look forward to inspiring more people in our community to innovate, create and make their dreams a reality through the work we do at the Creative Innovation Centre. This award recognizes my work for promoting creative enterprise over the past 25 years regionally and nationally and I look forward to many more years supporting individuals and organizations in exploring their creative responses to their unique challenges and journeys but firstly I look forward to thanking my peers and sharing some champagne with them from the crystal bowl at the CICCIC reception.”