Community Driving School CIC Shortlisted for 2020 Small Award

LONDON, 10TH JUNE 2020: COMMUNITY DRIVING SCHOOL CIC (CDS) based in HERNE BAY KENT has been nominated for the MISSION POSSIBLE AWARD at The Small Awards 2020.

CDS is the UK’s first EVER Not-For-Profit Driving School.  It was founded in May 2017 by CEO John Nicholson, following a suicide attempt in 2014.  Along with “regular” driving lessons, it provides access to sponsored driving lessons in return for volunteering within the local community.  This enhances a persons employment prospects and gives them hope for a brighter future.

The Small Awards, organised by Small Business Britain, is a nationwide search for the smallest and greatest firms in the UK, across all sectors. Launched in 2017, it celebrates smaller businesses that are often overlooked for recognition at other national awards.

This year’s Small Awards will cast a particularly important spotlight on the sector’s crucial role in helping the country through the pandemic crisis. The awards form a vital part of Small Business Britain’s ongoing ‘Back to Business’ campaign.

With eleven unique categories, the awards celebrate the dynamism of the UK’s small business sector, across everything from longstanding family businesses and innovation-led start-ups, to social enterprise champions.

Michelle Ovens MBE, Founder of Small Business Britain said:

“The UK’s 5.8 million small businesses make a powerful contribution to people’s lives up and down the country, and this has been particularly striking recently. These firms mean so much to their customers and staff and they are truly at the heart of communities, but they are not in the limelight enough. The Small Awards recognises the fantastic contribution of small firms like COMMUNITY DRIVING SCHOOL CIC. We want to give them all a deserved boost – particularly in these challenging times! We had a record number of applications this year, with an incredibly high standard of entries, so all of the small businesses shortlisted should be rightly proud of this achievement.

John Nicholson, Founder, CEO & Director of CDS said:

“This project is supported by so many small businesses who recognise and understand the value of a driving licence and giving people hope.  In addition to the driving, we work with charities to identify those in most need and also help these people with their mental health.  We work with victims of abuse, ex-addicts, ex-offenders, people living in poverty and other marginalised groups.  Being nominated as a finalist with The Small Awards and the panel of influential judges is incredibly powerful for us and testament to the value small business has to its local community without whom we wouldn’t be able to do want we do.”

Judged by a panel of leading enterprise experts, the winners of all categories, along with the overall winner of Small Business of the Year, will be announced on 2 July 2020.

This year, in light of social distancing, Small Business Britain is reformatting its traditional glittering gala dinner ceremony into a lively virtual event. Small businesses across the country will zoom in together for an evening of fun celebration, featuring entertainment, special guests, speeches, networking and more!

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