The Let’s Do Business Group has won Outstanding Small or Medium Employer of the Year, recognising its work supporting schools and colleges around the South East with their careers programmes.


Nominated for and winners of the East & South East region by the Careers & Enterprise Company, on Wednesday 4 July, the Group were announced as overall national winners against two other shortlisted nominees at the Annual Careers & Enterprise Conference.


The Careers & Enterprise Company Annual Awards 2018 recognised and celebrated inspirational work being done by schools and colleges, employers, volunteers and careers professionals around England.


A record number of over 200 nominations where submitted for this year’s nine award categories, which were decided by panel of independent expert judges.


Graham Marley, Chief Executive of the Let’s Do Business Group said: ‘We are incredibly happy to receive these awards from Careers & Enterprise Company, which recognise the hard work the team does to support a range of activities in schools to help build the skills and aspirations of young people.


Supporting a range of initiatives, the Let’s Do Business Group has:

  • Provided a minimum of three work placements per year.
  • Mentored at twenty four pupils from Robertsbridge Community College on an one-to-one basis since 2017.
  • Provided an Enterprise Advisor to a school in Eastbourne, helping to shape the Careers Curriculum and introducing other businesses to support the school.
  • Committed to being a Cornerstone Employer for the Hastings Opportunity Area – committing a range of support for secondary schools in Hastings.
  • Supported the schools with Mock Interview days, supported 4 Careers Fairs and raised awareness to the local business community of the value of business interactions with young people.


Alex Maynard from Gildredge House School who has recently been on work experience with the Group said: ‘It was a very enjoyable experience – I gained a lot of knowledge about different types of business and particularly enjoyed finding out about marketing, which was quite complex.’


Councillor Bob Standley, lead member for Education and Inclusion at East Sussex County Council, said: “We’d like to congratulate the Let’s Do Business Group on this award. They have worked with County Council to deliver on a range of initiatives such as our successful Enterprise Adviser Network – which is building strong links between employers and schools and colleges – and by becoming a Cornerstone Employer in the new Hastings Opportunity Area.  We look forward to continuing with this work over the coming years with them and many other local employers who are actively engaged and contributing their experiences so as to directly improve the careers choices our young people make in the county.”