We are delighted to announce that our Pop Up Consulting initiative has won the Boosting Social Impact Award in the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards, announced on 29th April in a ‘virtual’ ceremony from Mansion House, in the City of London.
Pop Up Consulting has offered pro bono support to over 65 small businesses and charities during the pandemic – an initiative that will continue to run post-Covid.
Held every year by the City of London Corporation, the Dragon Awards recognise businesses which build strong community relationships, tackle disadvantage or inequality, promote inclusion or boost skills.
Rowenna Reid, Q5 Pop Up Consulting Lead, said:
“This initiative enabled us to work with a lot of small businesses and charities during the pandemic, to help them cope with the disruption of Covid and to address some of the longer-term strategic and operational challenges they’ve faced, such as the transition to virtual working.
“Our team has really enjoyed being able to get involved in such meaningful work and to make such a positive contribution during the pandemic. It’s also been a great development opportunity, giving our people experience with new organisations and challenges.
“It’s also helped us as a company to challenge some of our traditional approaches to consulting and develop new ways of doing things, to benefit from new perspectives we wouldn’t otherwise have experienced and to get really valuable insights into the challenges charities and small businesses face.”
This year’s Dragon Awards were organised for the first time by Heart of the City, the City Corporation-funded charity which supports hundreds of small and medium-sized enterprises with their responsible business programmes.
Lord Mayor William Russell said: “This extraordinary year has presented enormous challenges for individuals and organisations across London and the UK, and has highlighted more than ever the important role businesses can play in working for the benefit of their communities.
“I was really impressed with the innovative, creative and impactful ways companies, which have themselves faced difficult times during the pandemic, have given their time and effort to help make a positive impact on people’s lives.”
To hear more about this initiative, watch this short video here (Credit to the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards / City of London Corporation).