TOP nominated for prestigious Community Award

WHEN Wayne Anderson wanted to do something to help the city's unemployed back into work, he knew he had a great idea.

Having lived and worked in east Hull for more than 24 years, including many years supporting the area's jobless population, Wayne understood firsthand the issues facing the community.

But with no experience of running his own venture, he had no idea where to start, so he approached The One Point.

Wayne said: "I wanted to set up a social enterprise, helping and supporting local people from deprived communities back into employment or training.

"But after working for other people for so long, it can be hard to step outside of that box so, in May last year, I presented my idea to Martin Lauer and Darren Sunley of The One Point Group."

Martin and Darren could see the potential in Wayne's idea, however many projects Wayne was aiming for required funding – something he could not apply for until his venture was up and running.

So, Darren and his colleagues worked with him to not only get the not-for-profit organisation started but to ensure it was sustainable, effective and professional.

As well as creating a website and email account for Wayne, they designed a logo, provided telephones, PCs, internet connection and business cards, helped with the relevant paperwork and offered continuous advice and support.

The package itself would be worth more than £7,000, however everything was provided by The One Point free of charge.

Local Works Ltd has now been up and running for just over a year.

Wayne said: "Local Works now has contracts with the local authority and has supported almost 100 local people back into work or further training. It also now works with challenging young people who are disengaged from mainstream education."

Wayne has now nominated The One Point for the Arco-sponsored Community Involvement Award, part of the Mail News & Media Business Awards 2012.

The One Point is the first company in this year's award to be nominated by another individual.

Mr Sunley said: "We're delighted Wayne has nominated us but more pleased we have been able to help the local community through our support of Local Works."

The One Point in Wincolmlee was founded in 2005 as the Mobile Point and has since evolved to become a leading supplier of business strength IT, telecoms, mobile and digital media services.

Last year, The One Point was named the UK's number one independent mobile dealer at the Mobile Industry Awards, and Business Of The Year at the Yorkshire Enterprise And Diversity Awards.