Harrogate social enterprise expands into Leeds

14 September 2012

A Harrogate-based social enterprise that provides business support services to fund skills training for people with disabilities has received a £1000 donation to support the opening of a new centre in Leeds this autumn.

The money has been provided by not-for-profit recruitment agency Resonate at the request of TNT Post, which has a long association with Paperworks.


Damien Handslip, manager of Paperworks explained:

Resonate donates a proportion of the income from its commercial clients to charities and social enterprises.

TNT Post used Resonate for recruitment services when it opened a new sales and account management facility at its Leeds depot earlier this year and asked for the charity element of their fees to come to us.

The donation comes at just the right time for us and will help tremendously with our set up costs in Leeds.


Paperworks has been operating successfully in Harrogate for 18 years and will now offer its unique brand of tailored work preparation programmes from a newly acquired site in Killingbeck.

TNT has worked closely with Paperworks to help the organisation make changes to its business model that had improved productivity and led to growth.

Tom Walker and his team at TNT trained Paperworks in the use of the firm’s postal sorting software which meant they could compete for larger contracts and offer better postal rates to business clients.


Mr Walker said:

The system has helped Paperworks become more competitive and expand its range of services.

It’s very satisfying to support an organisation that makes a real difference within its community, particularly one as consistent and professional in its business relationships as Paperworks.


L to R Tom Walker TNT Post, Kirsty Smith TNT Post, Damien Handship Paperworks, Tim Ainsworth Resonate
L to R Tom Walker TNT Post, Kirsty Smith TNT Post, Damien Handship Paperworks, Tim Ainsworth Resonate



Resonate director Tim Ainsworth said:

TNT were very keen for a proportion of their recruitment fees to go to Paperworks to help fund the new initiative in Leeds.

The result is a perfect example of how CSR initiatives can involve a number of different organisations working successfully together with very positive outcomes for everyone involved.


Paperworks Leeds will have four permanent staff initially who will be supported by volunteers and will have vacancies for up to six trainees a day.


Mr Handslip added:

We already have the first business contracts to provide work for our new Leeds trainees and hope to be fully operational by October.


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