Awards and Recognition

Awards and Recognition

BURA (British Urban Regeneration Association) citation in 2002:

“STEP (Stocksbridge Training and Enterprise Partnership) was formed in 1996 through the establishment of a steering group whose vision was to bring about social and economic regeneration in Stocksbridge, through the promotion of employment, enterprise, education and training opportunities

The STEP facilities provide an obvious focal point for the regeneration activities in the valley. The statistics show they are well used and the project’s regional and national reputation is growing.

The Resource Centre provides jobs and training advice, computer training courses, confidence-building course, a young people’s health drop-in project and a range of other socially focused projects.

In October 2000, local MP Helen Jackson opened the STEP Business Centre, which provides 34 business units, business support and a business start-up scheme. The Business Centre has stimulated local enterprise and generated considerable local job opportunities.”

Helen Jackson – (MP for Sheffield Hillsborough 1992 – 2005) stated in 2002:

“I am extremely pleased that the team at STEP (Stocksbridge Training and Enterprise Partnership) has been recognised for their success in transforming Stocksbridge into the lively, forward-looking community that it is today. Thanks to the efforts of STEP, the town can look towards a positive future with a better-trained and more confident workforce, and increased opportunities for business and job creation. They should be congratulated for what they achieved in such a short period.”

Sylvia Constantine – IBA Business start-up Adviser of the year 2005.

The Institute of Business Advisers letter September 2005 states.

“I am delighted to advise you that the judges selected you as the Start-up Business Adviser of the Year 2005. In making their selection, the judges were particularly impressed by your:

• Commitment to Continuing Professional Development
• Commitment to quality in business support
• Broad-based approach

High success rate, both in terms of Start-ups and Survival”.

The Institute of Business Advisers citation media release 22 October 2005:

“The Institute of Business Advisers last night announced the winners of its inaugural national industry awards. Sylvia Constantine was named Start-up Business Adviser of the Year for the knowledge and enthusiasm with which she supports those looking to begin their own business.

Sylvia heads up the business support team at the Stocksbridge Training and Enterprise Partnership (STEP). STEP is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the social and economic regeneration of Stocksbridge. Sylvia helps clients through this uncertain and challenging time in their lives.”

Mike Horner, Chairman of the IBA stated:

“These are the first IBA Adviser of the Year Awards and we have been very impressed with the high calibre of entrants. The aim of these awards is to publicly recognise individuals who are delivering the highest standard of business advice and we hope that their achievement will inspire others to strive for this level of professionalism.”