AN inspirational woman who uses a business model to help save lives and a leader who inspires her team have been nominated for the Nottingham Post’s Women in Business Awards.
Caroline Harroe set up Harmless in 2007 after recovering from mental health problems and a history of self-harm. The social enterprise provides support, information, training and consultancy to people who self-harm, their friends, families and other professionals.
Last year, the Nottingham organisation helped more than 400 young people and 300 over 25s across the UK.
It also delivered training to more than 1,050 people and experience a 60 per cent increase in referrals.
A total of 77 per cent of the organisation’s income is self-generated, with a small proportion coming from grants.
Caroline, 35, said: “We use a business model to save lives, which means that we are not grant-dependent.
“Around 75 per cent of people we’ve helped said that when feeling suicidal they didn’t feel confident going to a GP, so this service is vital.
“I am really surprised to be nominated for the Women in Business Awards.
“I do what I do, I don’t expect to be recognised.”
Nominating Caroline for the inspirational woman award, Darren Whelband, from Harmless, said: “She has overcome significant personal struggle to establish a thriving and innovative social enterprise. Using a sound business model, Harmless provides helps and support, training, advice and research across the UK.
“All profit generated is used to provide free therapeutic help to those in distress.
“Caroline works around the clock to ensure the organisation meets its ultimate aim of saving lives, applying herself with equal vigour to the strategic drive of the enterprise and the humility with which to help people.
“Using her own story of struggle and triumph she enlists the hope in others needed to create change in the world and drives a business that is nationally unique and renowned, leading on practice and passion.”