Visit Nunney CIC has been recognised as one of the Best Community Support businesses in the region at the 2015 Mendip Business Awards.
The awards ceremony was held on Friday 29 May in the Members Marquee at the Royal Bath & West Show, which takes place this week, and presented by BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton.
Having narrowly missed out in the finals for UK Information/News Website of the Year at the Good Web Guide Awards last November, Visit Nunney was hoping to become an award-winning website this time round.
In the face of strong competition from across the Mendips, Visit Nunney did very well to be placed in the Top 3 for Best Business Support by the judging panel.
The Best Community Support category recognised the importance of corporate social responsibility, businesses commitment and active contribution to their local community.
Visit Nunney editor Adrie van der Luijt said, “It was a case of ‘close but no cigar’, I’m afraid. We are only just getting started taking part in competitions and it’s a steep learning curve. Taking part really does focus the mind, however, and that is already proving very useful in itself.”
Lifetime Achievement Award
The inaugural Mendip Business Awards were organised by the Royal Bath and West Showground, the Mid Somerset Series, Mendip’s Chambers of Commerce, Capita and Mendip District Council to celebrate the district’s finest.
The Mendip Business Award judges were representatives from the Federation of Small Businesses, local Chambers of Commerce and small businesses alongside the Managing Editor of Mid Somerset Series.
A special Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Glastonbury Festival‘s Michael Eavis, who was guest of honour at the event.
Visit Nunney has supported tourism, business and the arts in Nunney since 2009 and was for the first few years largely privately funded. In September last year that changed, when Visit Nunney formalised its commitment to the local community by becoming a regulated community interest company (CIC).
That means that we are now no longer a not-for-profit organisation, but that any profit we make by law must be invested in our activities to support Nunney village life. Every year we must submit accounts of our activities and finances to the Regulator for Community Interest Companies.
Although fully independent, Visit Nunney works closely with Nunney Parish Council, the Nunney Community Association, Friends of Nunney Church and other community bodies, as well as with local businesses.