SURF Awards 2012

ng2 Win Award as Young People in North Glasgow Say Yes To Jobs

A Social Enterprise Company that employs local people in North Glasgow has won a national award for Best Practice in Community Regeneration in the YESS to Jobs category at the SURF Awards 2012.

ng2, based in Springburn was setup in 2010 with eight employees and contracts to the value of £140,000 and this year appointed its 50th member of staff and is heading for a turnover in excess of £1.3M.

Each year, the Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum (SURF) and the Scottish Government present SURF Awards to regeneration projects that are independently judged to be making a real difference in disadvantaged communities across Scotland.

The winning projects were announced at a presentation dinner in Glasgow on Wednesday 12th December where they were presented with SURF Award certificates by the Minister for Local Government and Planning Derek Mackay MSP.

Speaking at the event the Minister said: “These awards are a great example of empowered communities working together to meet the challenges they face. This type of community-led regeneration delivers long term sustainable change in disadvantaged communities. I congratulate all SURF Awards participants."

ng2 is a subsidiary of ng homes and provides training and employment opportunities for local people and a range of services including estate management for customers of ng homes and the wider North Glasgow community.

Chairperson of ng homes John Fury said: I’m absolutely thrilled that ng2 have won this award, it’s a major achievement – thanks must go to John Devine, our Head of Regeneration and ng homes CEO Robert Tamburrini who conceived the idea of creating a social enterprise in North Glasgow. Pat Bradley must also take great credit for steering the company from 8 employees to 50 employees in just two years.”

Ronnie Rodden, Chairperson of ng2 said: It’s great that ng2 and the staff team have been recognised with this award. Everyone has worked so hard to make ng2 a success and I’m sure ng2 will continue to deliver quality services and grow and develop in the years to come”

On stage to collect the award were four young men who started as trainees 2 years ago and along the way have learned new skills and gained full time employment thanks to ng2 and its partners.

Martin Baker, 22, an ng2 Estate Operative said: “I’m really pleased that ng2 has won this SURF award. I had been unemployed for some time after leaving school and was finding it difficult to get a job but my life has been transformed through working with ng2. As a result I believe I’m doing something worthwhile and my confidence is much higher now.”

Since its formation ng2 has worked with a range of partners who have played a key role in their success including The Scottish Government, City Building Skills Academy, Glasgow City Council Land and Environmental Services, SCVO, The WISE Group, Celtic Football Club and Glasgow Regeneration Agency.

Also shortlisted in the YESS to Jobs (Youth Employment Skills Service) category were the Scotland-wide Creative Pathways Programme and DEAP Ltd based in Dundee.