North Lincolnshire company celebrating after winning top business award

Award winners (from left) ongo's Andy Mcfadden, Wendy Britcliffe, Helen Wright, Andy Orrey and Jan Williams.
Award winners (from left) ongo's Andy Mcfadden, Wendy Britcliffe, Helen Wright, Andy Orrey and Jan Williams.

A shop created by North Lincolnshire Homes is celebrating after scooping a top prize in a regional business awards bash.

Staff at ongo are celebrating scooping top honours at the North Lincolnshire Business Awards 2014.

Ongo, a partnership of companies set up by the people of North Lincolnshire Homes, won the Phillips 66 Excellence in Community Relations Award for the way the organisation supports local communities.

The award was presented at a ceremony at the Grimsby Auditorium on May 16.

Andy Orrey, Chief Executive of ongo, said: “The company ongo was created last year by the people of North Lincolnshire Homes with one simple aim of putting everything we do back into local communities and it’s this ethos, along with our vision to create and sustain truly vibrant communities, which has allowed us to achieve this award.

“I’m incredibly proud of the work we do and have been doing since North Lincolnshire Homes was set up in 2007, it’s just we can now do more with ongo.

“Over the 12 months we’ve been helping our tenants get online with a scheme called get IT Together. Almost 2,000 hours of tuition has taken place with sessions including how to get onto the Internet, email and digital photography. We’ve also supported our Residents Associations to receive external funding of £45,000 to spend on equipment and tutors with over 400 people attending the sessions.

“We’ve got our Choose to Re-use shop on Enderby Road, Scunthorpe, which sells pre loved furniture at affordable prices. Most of the business is done using Facebook making it accessible even for those who cannot get into visit the shop.

“Our community work doesn’t just stop there; we have eight allotment plots in Scunthorpe plus one community plot which are free during 2014 for our tenants to work on so they can grow their own fruit and veg. “Every summer we hold family fun days which are a great way for us all to get involved in the community. Last year almost 1,000 people came to six events we held around the region. We’ve also put on a tea dance for over 100 older tenants, started digital taster sessions around.”

North Lincolnshire Homes, offered support to lone parents trying to get back into work and also given local youngsters skills in bricklaying during a hands on eight week course down at our Stores site.

Andy orrey added that the main job of ongo was to provide safe and modern homes to nearly 10,000 people and their families across North Lincolnshire and any profit the company makes was ploughed back into North Lincolnshire Homes and improving the local community.

The photograph shows (from left) ongo’s Andy Mcfadden, Wendy Britcliffe, Helen Wright, Andy Orrey and Jan Williams.