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Chingford based Promo2u scooped the Mayoral award last week
A small family business has been recognised for reinvesting profits to employ an apprentice, who has helped increase turnover.
Promo2u, based in Kings Road in Chingford, won the London Mayor’s Award for Best Small Business Apprentice Employer last week.
Managing director David Cowell said he did not even know the business had been nominated for the award.
“We’re over the moon to have recognition at such a level,” the 46-year-old lifelong resident of Waltham Forest said.
The business distributes promotional products such as umbrellas, pens and bags, and has reinvested profits from work undertaken during the Olympics to employ and train an apprentice.
Mr Cowell praised the work of apprentice Waleed Ali.
“The key thing I’ve taken away from it was the fact that when you’re as small as us, giving an opportunity to somebody is relatively easy, but it’s not so easy to find someone who is willing to take that opportunity on board.
“That’s why I took Waleed along to pick up the award, because without his efforts we wouldn’t have a successful apprenticeship scheme.
He added that the business is now committed to taking on up to 10 apprentices.
Mr Ali said: “I am enjoying my role and can see the potential for me to progress is without limits at Promo2u.”
With the help of Mr Ali, the business has increased turnover in the last 12 months by 168 per cent.
Mr Cowell, a lifelong Waltham Forest resident, is chairman of the E4 Business Forum and Executive Director of Waltham Forest Business Board.
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