Yorkshire Financial Awards 2021 - Accelerator of the Year Winner

Wosskow Brown Foundation Win Accelerator of the Year Award

Yorkshire Financial Awards 2021

Thursday 25th February saw the live broadcast of the Yorkshire Financial Awards 2021.

Hosted by the enthusiastic Lucy Porter, 18 awards were handed out to various companies all around the Yorkshire region.

Accelerator of the Year Award Winners

We are absolutely honoured and delighted that the Wosskow Brown Foundation were given the first award Lucy gave out that night, the Accelerator of the Year Award!

To win this award, the Wosskow Brown Foundation came up against other amazing nominees including Barclays Eagle Labs, Sheffield Hallam University’s Hallam i-Lab, and NatWest Accelerator.

Private Sector Initiative

The Foundation is a private sector initiative from the Partners at South Yorkshire law firm, Wosskow Brown, set up as a response to the Government’s call for the private sector to help as much as they can to regenerate the local economy, after a £3bn Gross Added Value gap was identified in the region, as well as the fact there were 70,000 too few jobs and 6,000 too few businesses.

The WB100 programme was launched to offer useful support for businesses, sports clubs, charities, and social enterprises. We delivered workshops to upskill SME owners in everything from Cashflow Management to Social Media, from winning business to Recruitment.

To support this, we set up a pro bono mentoring programme which brought together local professionals and experienced entrepreneurs with founders of start-ups and scale-ups. We must thank these entrepreneurs for their kindness, giving up their time to mentor new business owners with workshops, supporting the aims of the Wosskow Brown Foundation. The willingness to help others is really an admirable characteristic of the people in this region.

Free Office Space

The Foundation has also offered a year of free office space to businesses finding their feet, which included free phones, free Wi-Fi, and free mentoring, using the space available at our head office of Wosskow Brown in East Sheffield.

In the five years to November 2019, we had helped, engaged, or otherwise assisted over 900 organisations in the Sheffield City Region. In just the past three years, we have made almost 600 B2B introductions for companies looking to engage with business specialists in a wide range of sectors. Therefore, we have become widely known as a ‘connector’ organisation.

Delighted to Win the Accelerator of the Year Award

Jim Lawson, Director of the Wosskow Brown Foundation, said: “We were delighted to win Accelerator of the Year”.

Wosskow Brown Foundation - Accelerator of the Year Award Winners - Yorkshire Financial Awards 2021
Wosskow Brown Solicitors Partners, Ian Brown and Ian Osborn flank Wosskow Brown Foundation Programme Director Jim Lawson as they celebrate winning the Accelerator of the Year Award at the Yorkshire Financial Awards 2021

He added: “We would also like to highlight the really valuable work the other nominees in our category do in helping businesses to grow and scale”, acknowledging all the other business accelerators in the region.

Jim explained: “When we launched the Wosskow Brown Foundation in 2014, our main purpose was to help regenerate out local economy and through the vision of Ian Brown and fellow partners of Wosskow Brown Solicitors, we have been able to help over 1,000 businesses.

“Finally, we must thank our unsung heroes, the many entrepreneurs and professionals in the region who responded to our rally call and have engaged and supported all we do”.

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