Harmless win the #O2Smarta100 award for social impact at last night’s awards ceremony!

The O2 Smarta 100 is an annual celebration of the most resourceful, inspiring and disruptive small businesses in the UK. At an event held last night in central London, Harmless were honoured as one of the 100 small enterprises that are effective and impacting in the world of business.
When Harmless was formed, its founders made a difficult decision about it’s legal status – making the decision between a registered charity and social enterprise. Harmless is a Community Interest Company, which means that it is a social business – it raises finance for it’s activities by business activities and it reinvests the profit to do good. Every penny raised goes directly into running a service for people in distress and towards saving lives.
The structure of the organisation also means that every year Harmless has to report to the regulator regarding how effective it has been about meeting it’s social aims and objectives. We work with really vulnerable people who are facing very real and painful life experiences, often contemplating ending their lives and it is absolutely vital that the organisation operates in a way that is consistent and reliable for those people. We needed to be sure that if we say to someone: ‘we are here for you’ that we know that we will be – we know that if we offer someone help and support that we have the sustainability to see that through.
Last night was the culmination of the awards competition. Harmless were in the social impact category and it was a huge shock to us all that we were announced the overall winners of our category. What is more inspiring and moving is that the winners were the product of a public vote – that means that by a clear margin, Harmless’ supporters voted for us to win.
We know that self harm and suicide are not subjects that people readily talk about or think about; we often struggle to rally public support and have certainly never prospered in a public voting forum before, but last night was a first!
Thank you to everyone who voted for us. We are very proud of what we have achieved in the field of business and mental health and promise that we will continue to work around the clock in order to keep fulfilling our aims and objectives – to do whatever we can to change people’s lives for the better. The team at Harmless do a dedicated job and it is nice to get the recognition they deserve for the work that they do!
Thank also to everyone at #O2smarta100 for recognising and celebrating what we do – here’s to another successful year!