STL wins award for Community Legacy

STL has won the Community Legacy Award at the 2017 Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards (TVBMA). STL’s MD, Brendon Cross, received the trophy from impressionist Jon Colshaw at the awards dinner held in the Royal Berkshire conference centre at the Madejski Stadium in Reading on Thursday 16th November.

The TVBMA Community Legacy Award recognises and applauds the efforts of businesses who have built legacies across the Thames Valley. The judges were looking for companies that though their culture and activities have created a sustainable legacy that not only provides a valuable resource for the community but also engages their workforce.
Sponsors of the Community Legacy Award, Peter Brett Associates, commented, “We were delighted to discover a very worthy shortlist of businesses who all deserve recognition for the outstanding work that they do for their communities.”

STL won the Community Legacy Award for its organisation of the Twin Town Challenge, a charity car event held in 2014 and 2016 that raised over £450,000 for SpecialEffect. The Twin Town Challenge has also left a lasting legacy amongst the local business community, Oxfordshire, the comms and the games industries.

Brendon Cross, said, “I am delighted to receive this award on behalf of everyone involved in the Twin Town Challenge. The legacy that we have created has inspired so many people to get involved and support SpecialEffect not only though fund raising but also with the giving of skills and taking part in other charity events.”

The Twin Town Challenge sees 100 cars costing less than £500 travel from Witney to its twin town of Le Touquet via some iconic race tracks, a series of points based challenges, a street party with a live band and lots more fundraising fun. An STL team took part and won the prize as the highest fund raiser. In addition, over 20 STL staff travelled to France as volunteers to help with the marshalling, organising and bucket shaking.

Many of the businesses that took part in Twin Town Challenge have since taken SpecialEffect as their chosen charity. Teams were challenged to raise money for their own teams from their suppliers and by organising their own events, which got all their staff involved.

Being part of Twin Town Challenge has also inspired people to enter marathons and fire walks, organise fundraising events and balls, to bucket shake at football matches as well as giving them a buzz out of helping a charity, sponsors love being involved and giving, businesses fulfil their CSR and staff feel that they are doing something good.

The next Twin Town Challenge is taking place in May 2018 and promises to be bigger and better. Entries are now open and a range of sponsorship opportunities are available. For further information visit

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