Search

Entrepreneur tells of ‘amazing’ impact Thames Gateway Business Awards win had on his charity

PUBLISHED: 09:40 21 July 2017

Trevor Blackman won the Judges' Award at last year's Thames Gateway Business Awards. Picture: KEN MEARS

Trevor Blackman won the Judges' Award at last year's Thames Gateway Business Awards. Picture: KEN MEARS

Archant

An entrepreneur who secured an exclusive top prize at last year’s Thames Gateway Business Awards has spoken of the “amazing” effect it has had on his charity.

Judges' Award winner Trevor Blackman, from Ape Media, receiving his award at the Thames Gateway Business Awards 2016.Judges' Award winner Trevor Blackman, from Ape Media, receiving his award at the Thames Gateway Business Awards 2016.

Trevor Blackman, chief executive of Ape Media, took home the Judges’ Choice Award, winning a £12,000 advertising package with Archant across its London print and web portfolio.

Ape Media, Broadway, Stratford, offers training opportunities to aspiring young entrepreneurs, in areas such as music, and Trevor says its reach has been massively expanded thanks to the awards win.

“For me, the impact has just been so great,” said the 43-year-old. “We have got more business and awareness of what we do, we have managed to get more young adults on that first rung of the ladder, they are running their own businesses and making their own money. It’s just been amazing.”

Trevor, one of the charity’s founders, spoke of the opportunities opened up by the advertising package, including gaining additional business in and outside of Newham, and increased support for the smaller charities it partners.

He was nominated by an Ape Media trustee for the Business Person of the Year category, which he didn’t win, but a surprise was on the way via the Judges’ Choice Award. “It was a massive shock,” he said. “I wasn’t really listening when it was announced, I was like it’s not me, and my table were like, they just said your name. I was overwhelmed, and so happy. It was a great night. It was amazing to have the charity recognised.”

Trevor’s focus now is to “stabilise” what the charity is already doing, but he hopes to increase its international projects, and continue important work with those with substance misuse or emerging mental health issues.

But why should companies take a leap and enter the awards? “For anyone considering entering, it’s about showcasing what you do. It’s just to get that recognition, but also in some ways – not that you need it – it’s about that validation, that you’re doing the right thing. Without Archant and the awards we wouldn’t have had the success we have had this year.”

Related articles

Latest East London News Stories

Yesterday, 17:30

An engineer has been recognised for his bravery after rescuing a 13-year-old from a vicious knife attack in Bow.

Yesterday, 15:57

If you’ve ever had the desire to watch a giant piece of toxic sewage on a 24/7 livestream - well, now you can.

Yesterday, 14:56

A food festival is planned over three days in the Moat at the Tower of London next month with cooking demos from top chefs and lessons on how to decorate a naked cake.

Yesterday, 13:21

A man is appealing for help to find his missing phone, which he said contains some irreplaceable memories.

Yesterday, 09:00

The heatwave may finally be coming to an end, with the cooler weather making it the ideal time to go outside and exercise.

Yesterday, 07:39

A man is in a critical condition in hospital after being stabbed in Stepney.

Yesterday, 07:00

The Met has claimed it is one of the first forces in the country to develop its own mobile fingerprint device.

Mon, 19:06

Victims of the 1996 Canary Wharf bombing are set to meet with the Northern Ireland Office to discuss compensation plans for those impacted by the Troubles.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Are you a landlord looking for a fixed rental income, paid whether the property is empty or not? Steve Westley, general manager at estate agents Elliot Leigh, explains their Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it takes the stress out of letting your property.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now