Childbase Partnership named National Champion in European Business Awards
Leading childcare and education provider, Childbase Partnership, has been named a ‘National Champion’ and will represent the UK in the prestigious European Business Awards.
Chosen from over 33,000 organisations in 34 countries, Childbase Partnership, which has 44 day nurseries throughout the South of England, is short-listed for a European Business of the Year Award.
Mike Thompson, CEO and Founder Childbase Partnership, the 10th largest employee-owned organisation in the UK and one of only 165 organisations to be rated ‘Extraordinary’ this year, said he was delighted by the announcement:
“We are very proud to be representing our country as a National Champion particularly because it has been a challenging year for UK businesses generally and our sector in particular. This accolade recognises the efforts of all my Childbase partners who pursue excellence every single day, in everything they do, to ensure the children in our care get the very best start in life.”
Congratulating Childbase Partnership, a ‘Sunday Times Best Company to Work For’ for over a decade, Adrian Tripp CEO of the European Business Awards, described the competition for National Champion status as exceptionally strong this year.
“You competed with the best businesses in your nation to win the accolade of representing your country. National champions are central to the success of Europe’s strong business community, and have shown the core principles we look for of innovation, ethics and success,” he said.
Ultimate winners in the competition to find the best businesses, in categories based on size and turnover, will be announced at a ceremony in Milan next year attended by heads of state, leading industrialists, and business leaders from across 34 European nations.
An independent judging panel selected Childbase Partnership as a National Champion because most of its day nurseries, which care for over 6,000 children aged between six weeks to five years, are Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ which is achieved by only 15 per cent of UK providers.
Research, development and skill sharing initiatives with, for example, European day care providers, fuel and inform a continual pursuit of excellence backed by external and internal, award-winning, training programmes.
Charity fund-raising – totalling over £120,000 this year alone – combined with innovative environmental initiatives like over a decade using green energy – produced from the sun and wind - to power all settings and new ‘Zero Waste to landfill’ targets also secured the Childbase Partnership route to the second round of Europe’s largest business competition.