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Optimis Consulting recognises the importance of the community

Optimis, an award-winning Town Planning and Development Consultancy based in Bedford, is delighted to have won a further two awards at the recent 2014 Bedfordshire Federation of Small Businesses awards ceremony held at Luton Hoo Hotel. Optimis is especially proud to have won runner up for Community Business of the year. Optimis is a small business with six employees which believes in the importance of working with the community, either in a professional or personal context. Justin Wickersham, Managing Director, who set up the company in 2009 felt it was important to employ local people to ensure that the team is knowledgeable about local issues but also to enable the business to provide assistance to the various local communities. In addition to sponsoring charity events and supporting local schools Optimis is proud of their work in assisting local communities to engage with development and giving voluntary advice to parish councils.

Justin, who sponsors and runs the Oakley under 10s football team, said,

  • I encourage all staff to invest their time, during working hours or outside, to work with their communities and this stems from a philosophy I have that one should always give back to the communities that have been supportive in the past.
Phillippa Martin-Moran, Associate Director, who won runner up for Employee of the Year worked as a community volunteer before joining the company. Working in Town Planning, Phillippa was able to put her knowledge and skills into practice during a voluntary excursion to Rwanda helping in a project to look at ways to help regenerate the capital city Kigali. Optimis is a planning and development consultancy assisting householders in negotiating the planning process. They help commercial organisations seek planning permission for commercial gain along with offering a resource to help landowners sell land or house builders buy land.

Article appeared in Ouse Valley Living, August/ September 2014

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