Winner Best New Start-Up – Brilliant Play Solutions, Claire Chapman

What it feels like to have won?
Setting up and running any new business is seriously hard work so we were absolutely thrilled to have this acknowledged in winning this award. After being commended in the ‘Best Charity/Social enterprise’ category last year this shows that the blend of business and charitable objectives that is social enterprise works!
How it will benefit your business or non profit organisation?
Winning this award will really benefit our organisation as it will give us greater exposure and gives potential business partners and customers confidence that they are dealing with a high quality organisation.
What you have learnt about your strengths having entered?
We have learnt that all our hard work and determination to establish ourselves as a leading provider of high quality play services has paid off.  Starting a business involves some steep learning curves and the ability to remain motivated and optimistic in the face of various challenges has benefited us greatly.
How it has impacted the team?
The team are of course delighted and are very proud of this group achievement. If it wasn’t for everybody’s hard work we wouldn’t be in the position we are now. I would like to thank them again now for their loyalty and dependability.
How others outside view you?
Winning this award will be a good indicator to others that although we are focused on ‘play’ we do actually mean ‘business’ too! We are passionate about making high quality play environments accessible to all families whether it is in their local park, in the school playground, at their local children’s centre or even on their own street! Being endorsed by the Chamber of Commerce has highlighted our ability to do this in a sustainable way.
Will you be entering the Awards 2016?
What exciting ventures you have coming up?
We are continuing to grow our services in and will be offering new sessions as well as embarking on new partnerships in 2016. We have several grant applications in for some exciting community based play projects – pending the outcomes you will see our team offering play services in local communities soon!