23 Nov, 17
The awards night will recognise organisations for their business excellence and contribution to society, as well as the achievements of people working at the heart of the sector. Entrants come from a range of social businesses but all demonstrate a dynamic, entrepreneurial and ambitious attitude and are driving the sector forward.
Competing for the top honour of UK Social Enterprise of the year is Creating Enterprise. Based in Abergele, North Wales, Creating Enterprise provides property maintenance services to social and private landlords, local authorities and property management companies. Through its employment academy, it provides jobs and training to social housing tenants who are struggling to get into work.
For the last two years in a row this category has been won by a social enterprise from Wales; in 2015 the UK winner was Vi-ability – an enterprise which gives opportunities to disadvantaged people through sports management training – and in 2016 the UK winner was Dulas – a co-operative based in Machynlleth which delivers renewable energy solutions to businesses, landowners and charities.
Other finalists at the UK awards include Denbighshire Music Co-operative which is up for the ‘One to Watch’ category; Spice which is a finalist in the Health and Social Care category; the Furniture Revival (G.E. Enterprises) which is in the Environmental category; Book of You CIC which will be competing for the Tech for Good award; and Valleys Gymnastic Academy which is hoping to win the Consumer Facing category.
The six contenders were all winners at the Social Business Wales Awards, a scheme which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Welsh Government.
Catherine Evans, Marketing Manager for Social Business Wales said
‘We’re excited to see how the Welsh entrants do this year. The success that we’ve had over the past few years just goes to show how strong the sector is in Wales. Good luck to all our finalists!’