The Lord Lieutenant of County Antrim, Joan Christie OBE with LEDCOM Chair Henry Fletcher.
The Lord Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mrs Joan Christie OBE has presented the voluntary directors and members of LEDCOM with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK, equivalent to the MBE for individuals.
LEDCOM is the first enterprise centre in Northern Ireland to receive this prestigious award which was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. It has been recognised for more than 30 years of voluntary service, helping people in Northern Ireland start businesses and secure employment during very challenging times.
The presentation took place at a special celebration event at LEDCOM’s Willowbank Business Park in Larne, attended by community representatives and past and present directors of the company.
Paying tribute to LEDCOM’s voluntary directors and members, Mrs Christie said many organisations in Northern Ireland could not function without a dedicated team of volunteers.
“It is great to see that after 31 years, LEDCOM still has committed local people giving their commitment to the community. I am personally delighted that you have received this award.”
LEDCOM Chair, Henry Fletcher said the award was recognition of the 22 volunteer board members who have served the community since LEDCOM was established in 1985 to help stimulate investment and employment in the Larne area.
Ken Nelson, Chief Executive of LEDCOM, said: “It is a great tribute to our directors and members, who are all volunteers and have given their time, experience and skills to support economic development. They haven’t lost their appetite to make things happen because they are from this community and they want to improve this community.”
LEDCOM is one of Northern Ireland’s leading local enterprise centres and social enterprises with an extensive track record in local economic development. Since its formation in 1985 it has helped over 1,000 new start-up business, supporting over 1500 jobs as well as supporting almost 100 social enterprise start-ups.
The company’s services range from business advice, mentoring and training through to conference facilities, managed workspace and incubation facilities.
The Larne-based company was one of 193 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups across the UK to receive the prestigious award this year.
Information on LEDCOM is available at : www.ledcom.org