2015 NatWest SE100 Resilience Award Winner: Five Lamps

Strong leadership steers social enterprise through tough times

Strong leadership and a willingness to adapt are both key to a company's resilience. UK based social enterprise Five Lamps has over the past decade demonstrated these qualities, making it the Resilience Award winner at the 2015 SE100 Awards.

Five Lamps is a social enterprise based in Stockton-on-Tees in the north east of England. It was set up in 1985 after a local steelworks closed down to re-train people left with out a job and reduce social exclusion. 

Over the years Five Lamps has demonstrated its resilience by making it through challenging times, including when the business lost three major contracts within a short space of time. At the 2015 SE100 Awards in London Five Lamps were named Resilience champions. Watch the film above to find out more.

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Journalist Simon Jack with Graeme Oram, CEO of Five Lamps


The RBS SE100 Index is an online listing of social ventures, ranked and scored according to their growth and social impact. The live market intelligence platform is designed to provide a substantial data resource for investors, commissioners and policymakers as they seek to understand the landscape of the social economy and identify top performers across the UK.