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Clean Force nominated for Northern Business Achievement Awards (NBAA) and shortlisted for 2014 Social Enterprise Awards

Posted on: May 12th, 2014 by admin No Comments

For the second consecutive year, Clean Force Property Services (Clean Force), a WISE Employment social enterprise, has been announced as a finalist for the Social Traders Social Enterprise of the Year Awards – this year in the ‘Large’ category. Other shortlisted social enterprises in the ‘Large’ category are The Smith Family Recycling Operation, The Work Group, and Softlanding Mattress Recycling.

A few members of the Clean Force team, nominated for the Social Enterprise Awards 2014.

Members of the Clean Force team.

The Social Enterprise Awards, an initiative by Social Traders, are the only national awards for Australian social enterprise. A total of 87 applications were received for the awards’ six categories. The aim of the Social Enterprise Awards is to increase awareness of the role and diversity of social enterprises in Australia by creating a long term, high profile event.

Clean Force has also been nominated in the Northern Business Achievement Awards (NBAA). The NBAA Awards recognise the business achievements of small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in the northern region of Melbourne, aiming to foster and encourage businesses in the region to achieve business excellence, growth and competitiveness. The NBAA are a partnership of industry, education, local and state government and decision makers across Melbourne’s north.

An enduring commercially successful social enterprise that delivers significant employment benefits for disadvantaged people, including people with mental illness and people who have a disability, Clean Force has a current workforce of 84 people. The social enterprise has delivered over $16 million in commercial cleaning contracts since inception, and has empowered over 200 workers towards independent living, inclusion and integration into all aspects of community. Clean Force clients include Telstra, Berry Street, AMES, Northern Support Services and the Queen Victorian Women’s Trust.

Matthew Lambelle, CEO of WISE Employment, says that being shortlisted as a finalist in the Social Enterprise Awards and being nominated for the NBAA  “is a credit to Clean Force’s management and employees’ tireless effort and passion for delivering an excellent cleaning service to its customers, providing quality jobs for its employees – many who have been excluded from work previously due to mental illness – and a ‘never giving up on anybody’ attitude.”

Clean Force managers Jim Dinuccio and Paul Fraser started Clean Force in 2001, and, from humble beginnings that included a mop, a bucket and one cleaner, have built a successful social enterprise.

“Clean Force is dedicated to its workforce and has an important role in the prevention of unemployment, and hardship of vulnerable people, especially those who experience severe and persistent mental illness,” says Matthew Lambelle. “The opportunities created by Clean Force optimise employees’ self-determination and career progression for an improved quality of life towards self-sufficiency.”

The Social Enterprise Awards winners will be announced at a presentation event on Thursday 12 June in Melbourne. Read more about the Social Enterprise Awards.

NBAA winners will be announced in December 2014. Read more about the Northern Business Achievement Awards (NBAA).

 

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