Honiton IT firm up for top social enterprise award

PUBLISHED: 17:00 23 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:35 27 September 2017

Cosmic has been shortlisted in the prestigious Social Enterprise of the Year Awards 2017.

Cosmic has been shortlisted in the prestigious Social Enterprise of the Year Awards 2017.

Anita Corbin

Cosmic, which operates from the town’s Heathpark industrial estate, reached the final round in the ‘Tech For Good’ category of the Social Enterprise of the Year Awards 2017.

A Honiton-based tech business has been shortlisted in the prestigious Social Enterprise of the Year Awards 2017.

Cosmic, which operates from the town’s Heathpark industrial estate, reached the final round in the ‘Tech for Good’ category of the awards.

The business will find out if it has won the gong at a glitzy award ceremony in London on November 23.

Cosmic’s digital skills specialist, Nina Goodwin, said: “We are extremely proud to be nominated for this award.

“It is a fantastic national recognition of the amazing work Cosmic do. More importantly, it really helps to shine a light on the digital growth and development of the South West as a whole.”

The company’s ‘Positive People’ projects sees it work across Devon and Somerset and help people furthest from the job line to engage with technology for their own personal development.

In the last 12 months Cosmic has also been working closely with rural communities, farmers and small independent businesses in remote areas such as Dartmoor and Exmoor.

Through this work, its team of digital skills trainers have supported people in their use of technology, including social media, to be able to access online resources and promote their businesses.

Nina, who has been heavily involved with the project, added: “Cosmic is delighted to be providing digital support and mentoring for farmers in our most rural locations of Dartmoor and Exmoor.

“We have been able to transform farmers lives, enabling them to understand the benefits of digital, introducing them to new software, apps and hardware and helping them to become more efficient and less fearful of future technology.”

Cosmic calls itself an ethical IT business and social enterprise, and specialises in IT training courses, business consultancy, website development and technical support. The social enterprise consists of 30 people and has been running for 21 years.

The business is no stranger to awards success, as its joint-CEO won two top awards in 2015.

Julie Hawker scooped the title of Women’s Social Enterprise Champion of the Year at the Social Enterprise UK Awards and Director of the Year award at the Venus Devon awards.

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