Social Enterprise Judging Panel – 1 May 2015


Luckily De Vere’s team were able to move us to a larger room for yesterday’s Social Enterprise Judging Panel.  The room was huge enabling the Growing Talent Associates to spread out and rehearse comfortably.

With just an hour to go before the judges arrived at 10am, the Growing Talent Associates spent the time ‘getting in the zone’.  For some, this meant some quiet contemplation.  For others it was rehearse, rehearse, rehearse!

Alenchenu and Shennell hit the lobby to rehearse their Bridge to Society idea.


Shennell and Alenchenu

Shanika, Jose & Camilla calmly rewrote some notes for their individual presentation.


IMG_3778Shanika Jose and Camilla


The judges were Jo from JobCentre Plus, Jordan from Portico, Patti Pertemps in Basildon, Jon of PwC, Gillian of MHFA, Simon from Portico & Chloe from Iron Mountain.  After seeing the presentations, the judges gave some individual feedback before deliberating a winner.  The ideas were so good, the deliberations went on and on……….


deliberating judges copy


Jordan was able to give an insight into how stressful it is to devise and deliver a Social Enterprise idea.  He was in that position a year ago!  Below – three generations of Portico! – Simon, MD, Camilla current Growing Talent Associate and the brilliant -Jordan – Welcome Host & Growing Talent Associate!



The overall winner was – Camilla for her idea – Renaissance House.


camilla winner copy

So, the brilliant ideas on the day were:

Jose’s Design 4 You a commercial project to design and make clothes for people with learning disabilities  who would be trained using the Government’s apprenticeship programme before being employed in all areas of the business.

Shennell & Alenchenu were next with their Bridge to Society which focussed on pre-release support for young offenders with support in all areas as well as links to a local gym on release.

Shanika was third in the running order with The Nest her project incorporating a bookshop and swap shop facility for the old and young to learn from each other.

BRR – no it wasn’t cold!  This is the group name for Bradley Reece -N and Reece W whose idea was to have a creative hub where all acts would be trained to put on a twice yearly show.

Jason & Alex delivered their idea – Learn & Grow  to an enthralled panel of judges.

Renaissance House was the penultimate idea delivered by Camilla

Oasis was an idea on homelessness delivered by Gavin.  Above, Camilla receives her cup from Jon for her winning idea – Renaissance House.


The guys left for a relaxing weekend ahead before commencing their operational section learning every aspect of the role they will secure on completion of Growing Talent.


We wish them well but not good luck – they’re Growing Talent Associates and don’t need luck!