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New report maps the Social Business sector in Wales
Our 2020/21 census of the Social Business sector in Wales has been published today. The report estimates that the sector includes up to 2,309 businesses and up to 56,000 employees, generating £3.1–3.8 billion in value.BlogNewsSocial enterprise
Communities in the driving seat
Families have come together to come up with their own solution to the problem of unaffordable housing on Gower. Adam Land reports…Blog
Social Business Wales Awards 2021 provides welcome therapy for the social enterprise sector
The winners of this year’s Social Business Wales Awards were announced yesterday in the first ever virtual ceremony, with Therapeutic Activities Group in Cardiff and Prom Ally in Llandudno taking home the sector’s biggest prizes.Blog
Missed the Social Business Wales Awards Ceremony? Catch-Up Now!
Don't worry if you couldn't make it to the ceremony, you can view the recording of the entire ceremony below.Blog
One to Watch 2019: Interview with Community Impact Initiative C.I.C.
As part of the Social Business Wales Awards 2021, we caught up with Trystan Jones, the Chief Executive of Community Impact Initiative C.I.C. to see how the social enterprise has developed since winning the 2019 award's 'One to Watch' Category!Blog
Business support partnership reflects a welcome uptick for digital skills in the third sector
Paul Stepczak, our Bids and Commercial Consultant, looks back at our fruitful collaboration with Business in Focus that has highlighted a pleasing keenness for digital skills-building within the third sector.BlogCo-operative
Meet the team: Adam Cox, Lead Consultant
Adam gives us a deep introspective insight into his life working in social value – including how his family ties to social enterprise, “do better” ethos and adaptive mindset feed into his role delivering positive change against a backdrop of changing needs.Blog
Be the ladder – help Tir Cyffredin housing co-op buy their first home!
It’s crunch time for Wales’ newest housing co-operative Tir Cyffredin. With only a few weeks left to raise the £140,000 they need to buy the home their future hangs in the balance.Blog
Marketing Virtuoso to host Virtual Masterclass
At the Wales Co-operative Centre, we have the pleasure of working with numbers of world-class innovators in the digital sphere and our host for the upcoming Mastering Digital Marketing in a COVID World workshop certainly fits the bill.Blog
The enterprises competing for the top honours at the 2021 Social Business Wales Awards have been announced!
“The 2021 Awards will be a moment to celebrate the incredible contributions made by social businesses in Wales, recognising those organisations which have pivoted, grown and thrived in these most challenging conditions.” Derek Walker, CEO, Wales Co-operative CentreBlogNewsPress and opinion
Healthy Ageing Social Ventures Competition
This week, the Social Enterprise Stakeholder Group for Wales hosted a webinar on the Small Business Research Initiative Healthy Ageing Social Ventures Competition.BlogCo-operativeSocial enterprise
Mission Control: Take Time and Space to Identify Your Vision and Values
Paul Stepczak of the Wales Co-operative Centre discusses how his time on the Sylfaen Project reaffirmed why it is vitally important for any purpose-led organisation to consistently revisit their vision and values to keep their mission on track.BlogPolicy