The BIBA Awards is Lancashire’s leading and biggest awards and Parkour UK affiliate, Street Monkeys have been shortlisted in the ‘Creative Business of the Year’ category. They will be judged on their Parkour/Freerunning display, their Parkour Academy which they are due to launch in the near future and also how they have developed these into a business. They will need to show how they will be sustainable in the future and what they aim to achieve in the next 3 years. One of the key reasons they applied was to demonstrate that it isn’t just ‘normal’ and ‘ordinary’ businesses that can win business awards, they want to demonstrate that investing in young people and new emerging activities is the future. If they win they are hoping to show local councils that the future of a positive and active UK depends on investment in things like Parkour.
Street Monkeys Director Sean Delaney, who invested in the Street Monkeys two years ago said:
“At first I saw a lot of media coverage about how the freerunners were apparently anti social, So I decided to invest a bit of my time and money into them to give them an opportunity to prove the media wrong. Never did I think that 2 years down the line we would have done some of the things we have and to be shortlisted as one of the best business in Lancashire is a credit to all the hard work everyone in the team has put in. The future for the Street Monkeys is looking amazing, we are working closely with a number of organisations and agencies to grow Parkour/Freerunning in the North West, we have recently become an affiliate of Parkour UK, the NGB for Parkour/Freerunning in the UK, who’s advice and guidance has been amazing and we are excited about working with them closely in the future”
The final ceremony takes place in September 2013 and Parkour UK would like to wish our affiliate, Street Monkeys the best of luck!