Our CEO , Colin Crooks, in New Years Honours List!

We are delighted to announce that Colin Crooks, our CEO has been awarded an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen in her New Year’s Honours List. The award is for his services to disadvantaged communities in London.
Colin has created several social enterprises, in accord with his two passions; protecting the environment and helping less fortunate people.
Colin’s career as a social entrepreneur goes back to 1989 when he started Papercycle, which operated from a long-gone warehouse in Brixton. There he employed dozens of unemployed local people to collect and recycle office paper. Later, he ran Cybercycle on the Angell Town estate which trained unemployed young people to refurbish computers.
In 2000, he started Green-Works where in partnership with homelessness charity, First Fruit. He secured a huge contract with HSBC to recycle their old office furniture when they moved to Canary Wharf. Over the next 12 years Green-Works employed more than 800 people from difficult backgrounds and recycled 47,000 tonnes of furniture.
Colin set up Tree Shepherd in 2012. Since then, we have helped 700 people to start and grow their own business. In addition to helping new start-ups we are now supporting and advising long-established businesses struggling with change. In the Elephant and Castle, Peckham, Greenwich, Westminster and Canada Water many businesses are facing significant redevelopment all around them.
When asked about the award, Colin replied “all the projects I’ve worked on have required an unbelievable amount of support from other people and this MBE is recognition not only for me but for all the people, partners, supporters, champions, employees and contractors who have worked with me over the years to support local communities and people to succeed”

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